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Legal News
5 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores died Saturday in San Salvador while under house arrest and waiting to stand trial on embezzlement charges. Officials from his Nationalist Republican Alliance party say [AP report] that the cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. Flores was charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva [official website, in Portuguese] on Monday vetoed bills aimed at granting full adoption rights to same-sex couples and at removing restrictions on abortions [press releases, in Portuguese]. The president stated that the legislation represents a radical change that requires broader public consultation. He further added … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST]The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday heard [day call] the cases of Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods and Heffernan v. City of Paterson [SCOTUSblog backgrounders]. In Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods [argument transcript] the Court will examine whether the citizenship of a trust for purposes of diversity … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Brazil's Federal Police have accused seven people and three companies of environmental crimes in its probe into the major Fundão dam collapse that occurred on November 5. The collapse, which has been termed the worst environmental disaster in the nation's history, released a flood of sludge burying rural villages, killing … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in the cases of Bank Markazi v. Peterson [transcript, PDF] and Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle. In Bank Markazi v. Peterson [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], plaintiff Deborah Peterson, representing hundreds of victims of Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks, brought suit … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Salvadoran judge on Thursday ordered former president Francisco Flores to stand trial on corruption charges. Flores is charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement and illegal enrichment for allegedly diverting USD $15 million from Taiwanese donation to his personal and political bank accounts. The donations were intended to help victims … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the method used by the Boston Police Department [official website] to promote sergeants to the rank of lieutenant had a disparate impact on minorities. The action was brought against the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Luis Segovia, a veteran and former resident of Illinois who now lives in Guam, filed a complaint [text] on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] claiming the laws affording residents of certain US territories the right to vote and not affording the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo [official profile] signed two bills [materials] on Wednesday in order to expedite the distribution of medical marijuana to citizens with critical health conditions. Though statewide medical marijuana distribution will begin in January, the governor and lawmakers [JURIST reports] acknowledged that at-risk patients may require … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Superior Court of Maricopa County [official website] on Thursday struck down a 2012 Arizona law that mandated abortion pills be regulated according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] as violating the state constitution. The law (HB 2036) [text, PDF] required physicians to follow FDA guidelines … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official profile], on Saturday signed [press release] a new bill [text] that is meant to protect minorities from racial profiling and excessive use of force by police. The "Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015" was introduced by Assembly Member Shirley Weber [official profile] requires … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday grantedcertiorari [order list, PDF] in 13 cases, following its annual long conference Monday. In Bank Markazi v. Peterson [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will rule on a separation of powers issue involving terrorism victims' rights to funds held by the Central … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit [document, PDF] filed by former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [BBC profile], who alleged that Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash perpetuated a racketeering scheme [RICO text, LII] in the US … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Easter District of New York [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a Long Island town's law preventing day laborers from soliciting work on sidewalks is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. In ruling, Judge Denis Hurley stated, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced [press release] plans Tuesday to issue new guidelines significantly limiting the use of racial profiling in policing as an effort to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Frosh stated that police have a very dangerous job, but he hopes … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner [official website] on Wednesday signed into law the bill known as SB 1304 [materials] which includes the Law Enforcement Body Worn Camera Act, establishing sweeping regulations for police officers' use of body cameras while on duty. The bill will require Illinois drivers to pay an … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's [official website] office announced [press release] Tuesday that the New Jersey State Police will spend $1.5 million to acquire 1,000 body cameras for troopers, in addition to the implementation of new guidelines aimed at expanding disclosures about investigations of officers' use of force. This … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] and county officials in Phoenix on Wednesday agreed to settle [press release] parts of a discrimination lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office [official website] in 2012. The DOJ filed charges against the Sheriff's Office for discriminatory practices in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina [official website, in Spanish] announced Friday that the country had certified the citizenship of thousands whose status had been in question for almost a decade. Their citizenship was in question [AP report] based on their Haitan-immigrant-parents illegal entry into the country. As a result, … [read more]

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