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Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [official website] Friday that it has reached an agreement with Alabama, under which Alabama has committed to comply with US laws requiring motor vehicle agencies to register eligible voters. More specifically, Alabama has agreed to provide voter registration opportunities in all … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a Texas voter identification law [SB14 summary] discriminated against blacks and Hispanics and violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) [DOJ summary]. The law, which … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday expressed deep concern at the ongoing political predicament surrounding the release of incriminating audio recordings of conversations between officials in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The content of the tapes raises concerns [press … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Chambre des Deputes [official website, in French], Luxembourg's national legislative body, approved a bill [press release, in French] on Wednesday extending marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. The bill was passed by an overwhelming majority of 54 in favor, four against. Openly gay prime minister Xavier Bettel … [read more]

Legal News
5 May 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Robers v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act (MVRA) requires restitution calculation based upon the property a lender loses, not upon the collateral the lender receives. In 2005, petitioner Benjamin Robers submitted fraudulent … [read more]

Legal News
25 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A judge for the Pulaski County Circuit Court for the 6th Division [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion] an Arkansas voter ID law, finding that it violates the state constitution. In the order granting summary judgment to the Pulaski County Election Commission [official website], Judge Tim Fox found … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the administration of Florida Governor Rick Scott [official website] violated federal law when attempting to remove "non-citizen" voters from the rolls in the 2012 presidential election. The court ruled that the voter purge … [read more]

Student Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Tara Pakrouh of Widener University School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Tara Pakrouh, Widener University School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Merck & Co.'s $100 million settlement concerning the corporation's NuvaRing contraceptive device, the board's liability and the fiduciary duties it owes to its shareholders...In a December 2000 email to his colleagues, the Director of US Reproductive … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] on Tuesday in Robers v. United States [transcript, PDF]. The case addresses the issue of whether a defendant who owes restitution for a fraudulently obtained loan returns a portion of the loan money by giving the lenders … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Popper of Judicial Watch defends the recent changes to Kansas' voter registration process...Kansas' decision to implement a two-tiered system for voter registration is a rational—and perfectly legal—response to a lawless situation that it did not create. Its decision must be understood within the larger context of … [read more]

17 Oct 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

In 1812, the Boston Gazette published an editorial cartoon in response to a redistricting plan signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry. The cartoon depicted a portion of Essex County in Massachusetts seemingly haphazardly drawn into a district that would benefit Gerry's Democratic-Republic party. The newly drawn district resembled … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] reversed [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling on Thursday, upholding five provisions of the modified Texas Election Code Section 13 [official website] covering volunteer deputy registrars (VDR's). Voting for America and Project Vote [advocacy website] were two of … [read more]

Legal News
30 Sep 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] on Monday that it has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] to bar North Carolina from implementing their recently-passed voting reform bill [HB 589; materials], stating that the stricter requirements will disproportionately effect minority groups. Particularly, the DOJ takes … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] An appellate court in Sweden reduced the prison sentence of Gottfrid Svartholm Warg [JURIST news archive], the founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [website; JURIST news archive], for hacking into a company that manages data for the Swedish government. Warg was originally sentenced [JURIST report] to … [read more]

Legal News
18 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) and the Texas National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday filed a complaint [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] challenging Texas' voter ID law [SB 14 text] as … [read more]

Student Commentary
27 Aug 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Nick Byrne, University of North Carolina School of Law Class of 2015, analyzes the repercussions — both intended and otherwise — that will arise from the recent North Carolina legislation requiring government-issued IDs at elections...In the final hours of the North Carolina General Assembly's 2013 session, the … [read more]

Legal News
23 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday against the state of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, seeking a declaration from the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett [official profiles] filed a complaint on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] demanding that the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) [official website] modify federal voter registration forms to allow states … [read more]

Legal News
13 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] on Monday signed [press release] a voter ID bill [HB 589; materials] into law that will require voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. The law will effectively roll back the early voting period [CBS report] and repeal one-stop registration … [read more]

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