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Academic Commentary
26 Apr 2015
by Gregory S. Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty … [read more]

Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The New Mexico legislature [official website] on Saturday passed a bill [text] that will end civil asset forfeiture in the state. The bill, HB 560, was passed in the senate by a vote of 37-0. Civil asset forfeiture is a police practice in which authorities can take an individual's … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Sep 2014
by Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and … [read more]

Legal News
23 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in White v. Woodall [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that because the Supreme Court of Kentucky's [official website] rejection of Robert Keith Woodall's Fifth Amendment [text] claim was not objectively unreasonable, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday released a report [text] outlining the prevalent trafficking and torture of Eritrean refugees for ransom by Sudanese and Egyptian individuals that has been occurring since 2010. Victims stated in the report that traffickers kidnapped and tortured them in order to extort … [read more]

Legal News
18 Dec 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a report [press release] Wednesday claiming that Israel's new detention facility violates an order of the Supreme Court of Israel [official website], which ruled [JURIST report] in September that the detention of undocumented immigrants for up to three years without trial was … [read more]

Legal News
3 Nov 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] ruled on Thursday that the state of Pennsylvania may continue to display advertisements touting its voter ID law [HB 943 materials] even though the court prevented the law from taking effect [JURIST report] before the November 6 election. Pennsylvania has … [read more]

Professional Commentary
19 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Sara Rose, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania argues that the state of Pennsylvania has made it difficult for voters to obtain the requisite voter identification for the upcoming election and that the law was properly enjoined..."When voting in Pennsylvania this Election Day, … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A judge for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] issued a preliminary injunction [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday preventing Pennsylvania's voter identification law [HB 943 materials] from taking effect for the upcoming presidential election. On remand from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [official website], Judge Robert Simpson enjoined enforcement of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
30 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawrence Frolik of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Pennsylvania's new voter identification law is an unconstitutional violation of citizens' fundamental right to vote, and that the disenfranchisement of voters is not justified by the relatively few instances of voter fraud that the law … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] on Wednesday declined to issue an injunction [order, PDF] to prevent the state's voter ID law [HB 943 materials] from taking effect. The plaintiffs in the case are Pennsylvania residents who lack photo ID. They argued that HB 943 will … [read more]

Legal News
15 Mar 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] rejected [opinion text, PDF] a law suit on Wednesday brought by conservation groups trying to preserve federal endangered species protections for wolves. The groups were trying to preserve the protected status of the Northern Rocky Mountain gray … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Nancy Marder of Chicago-Kent College of Law says cameras should be kept out of the courtroom, because they are distracting and potentially disruptive, and there are plenty of other ways to keep citizens informed...Illinois, which has allowed cameras in its appellate courts and its supreme court since … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Steve Simpson, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, says that recent decisions releasing the names of those who signed a petition to place domestic partnership laws on the ballot in Washington state lack a proper examination of the facts of the case and fail protect … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Aug 2011

Ayesha Khan, Legal Director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, argues that the recent Fourth Circuit ruling on the constitutionality of prayers conducted at the opening of a legislative session is consistent with Fourth Circuit and Supreme Court precedent, despite the arguments of a previous JURIST contributor...Recently, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Aug 2011

John Whitehead, founder and President of The Rutherford Institute, argues that the recent Fourth Circuit ruling on the constitutionality of prayers conducted at the opening of a legislative session contradicts its own precedent, in addition to that of the Supreme Court...Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Mar 2009

Steve Simpson [Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice]: "In the case of Citizens United v. FEC, the US Supreme Court confronted the inescapable logic of the campaign finance laws: if the government can ban a broadcast advertisement that is paid for by a corporation, then it can ban movies and even … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee Thursday called [press release] upon former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove [official profile] to testify concerning any involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman [official profile; JURIST news archive] on federal corruption charges in 2005. In a letter … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Wednesday that a Louisiana death sentence should be overturned because the trial judge "committed clear error" in ruling on the defendant's objection to a prosecution peremptory jury challenge, which the defendant argued was based on race. The ruling came … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Jan 2008

Michael Simpson [Assistant General Counsel, National Education Association]: "In a major victory for students, parents, and public education, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held on January 7th that the Bush Administration's interpretation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) violates the federal Constitution. The court's … [read more]

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