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Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that more immigrants in detention should receive bond hearings and those held more than a year should get additional hearings. The court held that immigrants who have been detained for over a year should get … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution [text] as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States [opinion, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Wednesday. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project [transcript, PDF], the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) [text] require plaintiffs … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Dec 2014
by Jordan Paust of University of Houston Law Center
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authorized and/or facilitated by Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gonzales, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] Thursday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] to 11 cases, adding them to the docket for decision for the upcoming term. In the case Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the court has been asked to rule on the constitutionality … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday granted [order, PDF] a motion [text, PDF] to put on hold a ruling upholding a California law that bans licensed therapists from working to change the sexual orientation of a minor. The order contained no reasoning, … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Nov 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Huang, University of Windsor Faculty of Law Class of 2016, discusses recent British Columbia Court of Appeals decision, Carter v. Canada, upholding the ban on assisted suicide...In the recent British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) case Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), the trial judge, justice Smith, … [read more]


Student Commentary
1 Nov 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Laura Crestohl, McGill University Faculty of Law Class of 2014, explains Carter v. Canada and its impact of physician-assisted suicide...The case Carter v. Canada is bringing the issue of physician-assisted suicide back to the Canadian courts. In 2011, Lee Carter, Hollis Johnson and the late Gloria Taylor … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on Wednesday encouraged Guatemalan authorities to continue to seek the establishment of internal and transitional "truth and justice" in the wake of the trial of Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive]. Last Friday, a Guatemalan court sentenced Rios Montt to 80 … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Judge Jazmin Barrios, the Guatemala judge presiding over the trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] in Guatemala City, began the trial despite a prior ruling annulling the case. Judge Patricia Flores, who was recently reinstated to the case after being recused from it since February … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The genocide trial for former Guatemala president Efrain Rios Montt [Trial Watch Profile] came to a halt Thursday, potentially discarding nearly a year-and-a-half of court proceedings. According to Judge Patricia Flores, all actions taken on Rios Montt's case since she was recused in November 2011 are invalid [Reuters report]. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] lauded [press release] Guatemala on Monday for beginning the trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] and former intelligence chief Jose Rodriguez Sanchez, both of whom stand accused of committing genocide and crimes against humanity. The … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A Guatemalan judge on Monday ordered former dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] to stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from the killing of more than 1,700 villagers of Mayan ancestry. Judge Miguel Angel Galvez announced [BBC report] that Montt, along with one … [read more]


Student Commentary
19 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gabriel Rodriguez-Rico, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2012, discusses the ramifications of conversion therapy on LGBT youth and examines the recent passage of legislation banning the practice in California...On September 29, California became the first state in the US to ban professional psychological conversion … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Douglas Cox of the City University of New York School of Law says that the CIA should respond to the National Archives inquiry into the CIA's destruction of detainee interrogation tapes in order to prevent any further destruction of important records...The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday rejected [opinion, PDF] Argentina's attempt to prevent bondholders from acquiring bank documents regarding the country's assets outside US territory. To no avail, Argentina asserted [Reuters report] that its sovereign immunity was affected by a September 2011 … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US government and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday criticized Cuba [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for the arrest and detention of more than 40 activists who were attending the funeral of prominent dissident Oswaldo Jose Paya Sardinas [official website, in Spanish] who died on Sunday in … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Canadian government on Friday announced that it will appeal [press release] the decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia [official website] striking down a ban on physician-assisted suicides. The Honourable Rob Nicholson [official website] for Niagara Falls, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A lesbian couple filed suit in the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Thursday seeking to achieve for gay and lesbian couples the same immigration rights afforded to heterosexual couples. Philippine immigrant Jane DeLeon lawfully married US citizen Irma Rodriguez, 49, in California … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] A Spanish doctor has been ordered to pay child support for a baby who survived a botched abortion [JURIST backgrounder], a court in Palma de Mallorca announced on Wednesday. In April 2010 the mother went to a clinic in Palma de Mallorca and underwent an abortion procedure. Two weeks … [read more]

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