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Academic Commentary
16 Oct 2014
by David Harris of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Andrew Morgan

The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law … [read more]

Legal News
7 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Chinese authorites on Tuesday detained prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on a charge of "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation into the 1989 crackdown of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. Pu Zhigiang is a leading free-speech lawyer who is well known … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch discusses the EU and human rights issues in China... This year will see a pair of quarter-century anniversaries of key political events in China and Europe: the remembrance in June of those who died in the Tiananmen Square massacre
 in Beijing … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Westley of the Tulane University Law School says that a recent Ninth Circuit decision upholding the Washington state's cut to a food aid program for legal immigrants is a prime example of how constitutional formalism justifies leaving some members of the political community without the basic … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] demanded [press release] Thursday that China release Tibetan [BBC backgrounder] prisoners that were captured while travelling and are now being forced into political re-education camps. The exact number of those detained is not known, but it is thought to be several hundred. Those … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 275 to 144 [roll call vote] Monday to extend surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act [text; JURIST news archive] which could expire February 28. A vote on the bill [HR 514] to extend the provisions failed [JURIST report] last weak … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jun 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A Utah firing squad executed inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner [BBC backgrounder] on Friday, after the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] failed to stay the execution [order, PDF]. The execution comes as the first of its kind [CBS report] in the US in 14 years, and only … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2009
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] Chinese citizens are being abducted by state agents and illegally detained in "black jails" where they are subjected to a host of human rights violations, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. According to the report, the black jails are primarily … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program [JURIST news archive] relied on a flawed legal analysis at its inception and produced results of questionable effectiveness, according to an unclassified version of a report [text] released Friday by five government agencies. The report, prepared by inspector generals at the US Department … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 May 2009

Sophie Richardson [Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch]: "The Chinese government's secrecy in handling unrest in Tibet since the March 2008 protests erupted in Lhasa was highlighted again on April 8, 2009, when a simple dispatch from the official news agency Xinhua reported that four Tibetans accused of arson in … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Apr 2009

Tammy Fiebelkorn and Marcia Wilson [Program Manager and Attorney, New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty]: "On March 18, 2009, New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson signed a bill into law that repeals the death penalty and replaces it with a possible sentence of life in prison without possibility of … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The New Hampshire House of Representatives [official website] voted 193-174 Wednesday to pass a bill [text] repealing the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. The proposed legislation would amend New Hampshire's criminal code by extending the definition of first-degree murder to encompass capital murder. The bill would take effect January … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) [official website] on Wednesday signed a bill [text, PDF; HB 285 materials] which repealed [press release] the use of the death penalty [JURIST news archive] in the state. The bill replaces the use of capital punishment with a sentence of life in prison … [read more]

Legal News
9 Mar 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The Chinese government has not accounted for hundreds of Tibetan protesters arrested in connection with the March 2008 demonstrations in Tibet [BBC backgrounder], according to a Monday statement [press release] from Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], which revealed a thorough review regarding the numbers of arrests, detentions, and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Feb 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, says that for various constitutional, political and practical reasons made all the more pressing by controversies surrounding a number of high-profile and now even withdrawn nominees, the US Senate should subject President Barack Obama's cabinet picks to … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday rejected [opinion, PDF] claims that federal and state drug laws [relevant statutes] violate the constitutional and statutory rights of a priest in the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church (EZCC) [official website], which embraces the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
29 Aug 2008

Michelle Richardson [Legislative Counsel, ACLU]: "Just when you thought domestic spying power grabs had been put to rest for the duration of this Administration, the Justice Department has publicly announced its intent to go after one of the last existing hurdles between the government and our private lives: the simple … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] US Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey [WH fact sheet; PBWT profile] told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday that he will work to balance national security and civil liberties if confirmed as the next attorney general. During a hearing on his nomination [witness list], Mukasey said in … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2007
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] New Mexico [JURIST news archive] Gov. Bill Richardson (D) [official website] has signed into law a groundbreaking bill [PDF text] designed to promote drug overdose reporting by granting limited immunity from drug possession charges for those drug users, family members and acquaintances who make the 911 call. The measure … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) [official website] on Tuesday unexpectedly vetoed a bill [legislative materials] that would have required girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. AP reported that Richardson, who last month announced his intention to sign the bill [PJEPHL report], … [read more]

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