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Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] a Georgia death row inmate's legal challenge. The federal appeals court rejected inmate Brandon Astor Jones' challenge to Georgia law that shields the identity of the producer of the drug used in the execution … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] stated Wednesday that he plans to ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution [press release] if the state prohibits lethal injections. States access to execution drugs has been hindered as a result of companies … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton [profile] is requesting that state judges temporarily delay death penalty case trials after the US Supreme Court [official website] ruling [opinion, PDF] that Florida's capital sentencing scheme violates the Sixth Amendment. The request, he stated, is being made as a precaution [AP report] until lawmakers … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Florida's Supreme Court [official website] on Friday denied a request [motion, pdf] from a death row inmate to delay his execution in light of the recent US Supreme Court [official website] ruling that Florida's capital sentencing scheme was unconstitutional [JURIST report] under the Sixth Amendment. Cary Michael Lambrix was … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The Obama administration on Monday called on [brief, PDF] the US Supreme to strike down a recently passed Texas abortion law which the administration argues will harm women's health. According to US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli [official profile], the law would continue to close [Reuters report] many of the state's … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] placed a temporary injunction on Wednesday on an order from Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official website] which would have ended the state's contract with Planned Parenthood [official website] and cut federal funding to the Utah branches of the company. The injunction is … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the authority of Governor Tom Wolf [official website] to postpone executions in the commonwealth. The unanimous decision came after Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams petitioned [JURIST report] the court to reject reprieves as an unconstitutional intrusion of state executive … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to review a Second Amendment challenge to a gun law enforced in Highland Park, Illinois, denying certiorari [order list, PDF] in Friedman v. City of Highland Park [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. The law, challenged by the Illinois State Rifle Association … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted [order, PDF] an emergency stay of a lower court's order for immediate disclosure of planned lethal injection drugs and their chemical suppliers. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen [official profile] ordered [text, PDF] the state on Thursday to release this … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] An appellate court in Wisconsin ruled [opinion] Tuesday that the application of a state law that prohibits possession of certain knives violates the Second Amendment [text] right to bear arms. The law in Wisconsin regarding the Possession of a Switchblade Knife [§ 941.24(1), text] prohibits possession of "any knife … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a Wisconsin abortion law requiring providers to have admitting privileges is unconstitutional. The suit, brought by Planned Parenthood [advocacy site], argued that since abortion providers were required to have transfer agreements with hospitals, requiring … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday heard oral argument in a challenge to a Federal judge's authority to issue a ruling that struck down modifications to firearm possession laws in the District of Columbia. The attorney representing the District of … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a state law [Act 47] that bars an individual front bringing a "wrongful birth" lawsuit. With all justices joining the majority opinion, the court dismissed Rebecca and Lawerence Sernovitz's claim. The couple challenged Act 47 after they claimed … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court [official website] denied review [order list, PDF] in New Hampshire Right to Life v. Department of Health & Human Services [docket; cert. petition, PDF] on Monday. The anti-abortion group petitioned the court to clarify Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website] in … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order, PDF] in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to decide whether a Texas law [HB 2] passed in 2013 imposes an undue burden on the availability of abortion services in the state. Specifically, the Court … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday reversed [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision that had held that California's death penalty system was unconstitutional [JURIST report]. The appeals court held that the excessive delay between sentencing and execution did not violate the Eighth … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website], on Friday, introduced a proposal [regulation announcement, PDF] for a single-drug execution process. The new protocol would replace the existing three-drug execution protocol. The state would be allowed to determine one of four drugs to use on a case by case basis including: … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday night halted [order, PDF] the execution of Missouri death row inmate Ernest Johnson pending the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Johnson's appeal. Johnson's attorney argues[appeal, PDF] that his client will suffer undue … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Christopher Dellana

The response to ride-sharing has varied across states. The responses range from proposed nomenclature changes publicized on social media by the Associated Press Stylebook, to stronger oversight aimed at compelling compliance with state laws regarding inspections and other market regulations. A principal legal obstacle in the ride-sharing debate is how … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah [official website] on Friday denied an appeal by 74-year-old death row inmate Ron Lafferty to place a hold on his federal case to challenge his execution by firing squad. Lafferty is one of the longest-serving prisoners on … [read more]

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