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Legal News
3 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]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States [SCOTUSblog materials] that equitable tolling does not apply to the presentment of a tribe's contract claim. The Menominee Tribe contracted with the Indian Health Service (IHS), under the terms … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday declined to grant [opinion, PDF] a motion by the NAACP [advocacy website] and other plaintiffs that would have kept the state from implementing their voter identification law in the upcoming March … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in eight new cases for this term. In McDonnell v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the Supreme Court is asked to decide the meaning of "official action" under the fraud statutes used to convict former Virginia governor … [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]


Academic Commentary
15 Dec 2015
by Maya Manian of University of San Francisco School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Manian of the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses the debate over abortion laws and how the future of a woman's right to choose resides with the Supreme Court as they are set to rule on a monumental case out of Texas later … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

A Dominican court on Wednesday blocked a new law that would have decriminalized abortion if a pregnant woman's life was at risk, thus reinstating a total ban on abortion within the country. The Constitutional Tribunal's ruling, which upholds a law from 1884, cannot be appealed [Reuters report]. The new law … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday asking Alabama to loosen the discriminatory burdens resulting from their voter photo identification law. The law's purported purpose is to prevent voter fraud by requiring voters to present a photo ID prior to voting. … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in two cases. In Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. Manning [transcript, PDF] the court will resolve the circuit split on whether Section 27 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [text, PDF] provides federal … [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
25 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear [official website] on Tuesday signed [press release] an executive order [document, PDF] that automatically restores voting rights and the right to hold public office to certain offenders after their sentences have been satisfied. The order, which excludes those convicted of violent crimes, sex crimes, bribery, … [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
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 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]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

A White House spokesperson on Tuesday expressed President Barack Obama's support for legislationy [press briefing] that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity through an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The legislation had been under consideration for several weeks, and the White House … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Oct 2015
by Daniel J. Wright of Law Offices of Daniel Wright
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Daniel J. Wright of the Law Offices of Daniel Wright discusses how post-conviction procedure rules hinder the ability to seek truth in faulty sentences... Those accused of a serious crime are entitled by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution to representation by an attorney. This … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Monday blocked an abortion law [materials] that was set to go into effect on November 1. The law, Senate Bill 642, covered four subjects related to abortions: parental consent for minors, tissue preservation, the inspection of clinics and legal liability for abortion providers. … [read more]

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