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Legal News
30 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement [text] Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms worked [NLJ report] on the case: … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday declined to stay [order, PDF] its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional [opinion, PDF]. Citizens of Virginia voted to amend [WP report] the Virginia Constitution [text] in 2006 to define marriage as … [read more]


Features
17 Jun 2014
by Sarah Steers

Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states - Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin - have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The remaining 32 states, however, allow the death penalty … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] Wisconsin's same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] ban. Article XIII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution [text], approved by voters in 2006, defines marriage as between one man and one … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that the ban violates the US Constitution's guarantee of Equal Protection [text, Cornell LII] and also indicated that the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Judith E. Koons of Barry University School of Law situates in constitutional history the recent case by Florida same-sex couples, arguing that it is part of a compelling period in our nation's history that is likely to lead to marriages of same-sex couples to be recognized in … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday filed a notice of appeal [text, PDF] of a recent ruling overturning the state's constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website]. The amendment was struck down [JURIST report] as unconstitutional in the US … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Indiana Senate [official website] on Monday approved [text] a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage in the state. The largely Republican Senate approved the amendment, sent from the Indiana House of Representatives after a change that removed a ban on same-sex civil unions, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] acted within its authority to work with six states and Washington, DC, in promulgating the Final Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load for Nitrogen, Phosphorus and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
5 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Terrica Ganzy, Staff Attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights, argues that Georgia's "beyond a reasonable doubt standard" for finding mental retardation in capital offenses is a nearly insurmountable standard...The US Supreme Court has held that the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment bans … [read more]


Professional Commentary
23 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Terrica Ganzy, Staff Attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights, argues Warren Hill was improperly sentenced to death and that Georgia should adopt a "preponderance of evidence" standard for mentally disabled claims in capital offense cases...Ten years ago, the US Supreme Court, in Atkins v. Virginia, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander II on Wednesday upheld a jury verdict finding Virginia Tech University [official website] guilty of negligence for its response to the 2007 shootings. In March, a jury found the University guilty for failing to warn students [JURIST report] of a gunman on the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] A jury found Virginia Tech University [university website] guilty of negligence on Wednesday for failing to warn students of a gunman on the loose. The verdict comes in a case brought by the parents of two female students who were shot by Seung-Hui Cho [BBC profile] in the 2007 … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Officials at Virginia Tech [university website] acted unlawfully by waiting too long to notify students during the 2007 shootings [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, PDF; materials] released Thursday by the US Department of Education [official website]. According to the report, Virginia Tech officials failed … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A Virginia circuit court judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit by two families whose children were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting [JURIST news archive] can proceed against school administrators, despite their claims of sovereign immunity. The judge ruled [AP report] that defendants Charles Steger and former executive … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The security company known formerly as Blackwater Worldwide [corporate website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday concluded its operations in Baghdad as its contract to protect American diplomats in Iraq ended. A spokesperson from the US Embassy in Iraq [official website] said that the company, nos called XE [corporate website], … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A Virginia circuit court judge approved an $11 million state settlement agreement [template, PDF; press release] Tuesday for the families of 24 people killed in the April 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech [JURIST news archive]. The settlement, which many of the families involved tentatively approved [JURIST report] in April, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Twenty-one families who said that they intended to sue the state of Virginia for negligence in connection with the April 16, 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech [JURIST news archive] have agreed to a tentative settlement worth $11 million, lawyers representing the families said Thursday. Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The US Senate and House of Representatives Wednesday passed by voice vote the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 [HR 2640 materials], which closes a loophole [JURIST report] that allowed Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho [Wikipedia profile] to purchase firearms despite a court order mandating psychiatric treatment. The US … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US District Court of the Western District of Virgina on Friday sentenced three former executives of the Purdue Frederick Company [corporate website], manufacturer of painkiller OxyContin [FDA materials], to three years of probation and 400 hours of community service in drug treatment programs. The three executives, including former … [read more]

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