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Legal News
4 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [official website] on Tuesday overrode a veto by Governor Larry Hogan [official website] to pass bill [materials] that will allow felons to vote before they complete parole or probation. Sixty percent of the Democrat-dominated Senate voted in favor of overriding the veto, which is the exact … [read more]

Academic Commentary
5 days ago
by affiliation: University of Maryland Robert Percival of University of Maryland author: Robert Percival
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Percival from University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law discusses what can be learned from the tragedy in Flint, Michigan...Americans who visit China quickly notice one significant difference from travel in the US. Even if they are staying in luxury five-star hotels, they are … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2016
by Nicholas M. Wooldridge of LV Criminal Defense
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Nicholas M. Wooldridge of LV Criminal Defense discusses the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 and its problematic aftereffects on offenders, society and the criminal justice system...The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 has not yet even been scheduled for a vote in the full … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a bill that would end a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] initiative aimed at removing certain industries from the banking system. The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015 [materials] would end the DOJ's initiative called "Operation Choke Point" … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Tuesday announced that the FBI [official website] will join a criminal investigation into the contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The FBI will join a multi-agency team [NYT report] in the ongoing investigation. In 2014 Flint's … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores died Saturday in San Salvador while under house arrest and waiting to stand trial on embezzlement charges. Officials from his Nationalist Republican Alliance party say [AP report] that the cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. Flores was charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on people of African descent stated [press release] Friday that "ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of African Americans today." Following a tour of several US cities, including … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] seeking the replacement of lead water pipes in the city of Flint. The lawsuit, filed in conjunction with Concerned Pastors for Social Action, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday announced a ban on the federal prison system's use of solitary confinement for juveniles. Obama stated in an op-ed [WP op-ed] Monday evening that after a review of US prisons by the Department of Justice [official website], he is adopting new rules … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced [press release] Monday that he has appointed a former prosecutor to act as Special Counsel in his investigation into the water contamination crisis in the city of Flint and that a retired Detroit FBI chief will also participate in the investigation. In order to … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Tuesday announced new international adoption legislation as well as a review of pending cases since the country banned non-residents from adopting in 2013. The new legislation would mandate [AP report] an in-person hearing from anyone who looks to adopt … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Iran agreed Saturday to release four US citizens in exchange for seven Iranians being held in the US for violating sanctions against Iran. Among the US citizens being released is Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian [advocacy website] who has been held since July 2014 and was convicted [JURIST report] … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette [official website] announced [press release] Friday that he plans to investigate the water contamination crisis in the city of Flint. The investigation is set to begin immediately as Flint residents are currently being forced to rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Schuette … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday certified class action status in a lawsuit alleging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official websites] specifically targeted conservative tea party groups. Judge Susan Dlott filed a sealed order to protect privacy interests but said … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Tamara Fields, the widow of a defense contractor killed in an Islamic State (IS) terrorist attack in November, filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against social media website Twitter alleging the company knowingly permitted IS to use their network to spread extremist propaganda. The complaint was filed in the US District … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Four individuals on Monday filed suit [complaint] against the government of Israel in US federal court over injuries they say they claim were inflicted by the Israeli Defense Forces during a deadly 2010 raid. The plaintiffs, Americans David Schermerhorn, Mary Ann Wright and Huwaida Arraf and Belgian national Margriet Deknopper, … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The last Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, Faiz Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari, has been repatriated to his home country, the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced [press release] Friday. The Periodic Review Board (PRB) [official website] determined in September that "continued law of war detention of Al-Kandari does not remain necessary to … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] TransCanda [official website] on Wednesday brought a lawsuit against the US Government in federal court challenging President Barack Obama's decision to reject the expansion of the Keystone pipeline. TransCanada filed its suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] claiming that Obama lacked … [read more]

Legal News
31 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A court in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death and six others to prison on Thursday for murdering Ahmed Rajib Haider, an atheist blogger known by the name of Thaba Baba, in 2013. Those convicted included [AP report] seven university students and Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, a leader of the … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

An Ohio grand jury decided on Monday not to indict two officers involved in a 2014 shooting [Washington Post report] resulting in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. In November 2014 officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback were dispatched to investigate an emergency call about a "guy with a gun" … [read more]

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