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Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin [docket; cert. petition], Abigail Fisher brought suit against the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), alleging that its race-conscious admission program violated the Equal … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Friday upheld [judgment; press release, PDF] a French court's decision allowing Vincent Lambert the right to die, stating it did not violate article 2 of European Convention on Human Rights. Lambert was in a car accident seven years ago … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The California Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 23-14 to approve a controversial right to die bill [SB 128 materials]. The bill would protect doctors who aide individuals with terminal conditions in dying. The bill's impact is limited to patients who pass a mental competency test are have less … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 May 2015
by Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 May 2015
by Allen Rostron of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

JURIST guest columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses Vermont's recent gun law in light of America's contentious gun politics... Vermont and Kansas are among the states where new laws relating to firearms will go into effect this summer. Vermont is taking limited steps … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] on Thursday dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring universal background checks for all gun transfers, including noncommercial, online or gun show sales. In November voters passed Initiative 594 [text, PDF] … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 May 2015
by Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporadic media attention, the right for a terminally-ill person to … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin [official website] on Friday signed into law a bill that creates new restrictions on who may own guns in the state of Vermont. Under the new law, which will go into effect July 1, people with certain criminal convictions will be prohibited from possessing a … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A South African judge ruled Thursday that a terminally ill man has a right to assisted suicide with no legal or professional consequences for the participating doctor. Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa, and the decision is the first of its kind. With the support of DignitySA [advocacy website], … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The California Senate Committee on Health [official website] on Wednesday approved legislation [SB 128] that would allow physicians to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths. The approval of SB 128 comes after two failed attempts to pass similar legislation. The measure must … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Indiana Governor Mike Pence [official website] signed House Bill 1065 [legislative materials, text] into law Tuesday to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs before they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website]. The bill, approved by the Senate [JURIST report] last week, … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Indiana Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal [HB 1065 materials] to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that are not sold on the market. The bill would allow patients to access treatments before they receive federal approval [AP report], thus creating a three-phase process that … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Feb 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. & Kim Weidenaar of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Kim Weidenaar of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the recent news on California and other states' lawmakers' efforts to propose strict vaccination legislation, and the current vaccine exemption issues in the US... The US public health … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Cancer patient Christie White and five physicians in California filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in San Francisco County Superior Court [official website] on Wednesday challenging a state ban on physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent terminally ill patients. The suit alleges that California's ban violates the California State Constitution [text] … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Colorado lawmakers on Friday declined to pass a bill [HB 15-1135, PDF] that would have permitted medically assisted suicide for terminally-ill patients. If Colorado had enacted this law, it would have required two physicians to confirm that a patient was terminally ill. Further, patients would have been required to … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A group of patients and doctors on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in a New York court requesting a declaration that physician-assisted suicide is not illegal under New York state law. Though the state does have a law prohibiting assisted suicide, plaintiffs argue [press release] that it was … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Scotland announced a moratorium on the granting of permits for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking, on Wednesday amid environmental and health concerns. Energy minister Fergus Ewing [official website] told the Scottish parliament [statement] that the moratorium will give the government time to investigate the effects of the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Two Democratic state senators in California introduced a bill [text] on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide and modeled the bill after the physician-assisted suicide law enacted by voters in Oregon in 1994. The bill would require [Reuters report] two doctors to confirm that the patient has six months or … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] on Tuesday approved legislation [press release] that gives governments increased power in deciding whether to "restrict or ban the cultivation of" genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The new legislation has come "in response to Europeans' growing concerns about GMOs," and is aimed at "further reducing … [read more]

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