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Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming [official website] issued a preliminary injunction [order, pdf] on Wednesday prohibiting the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [official websites] from enforcing regulations applying to hydraulic fracturing, also knows as "fracking." The … [read more]

Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US District Judge Ralph Erickson of the US District Court of the District of North Dakota [official website] in Fargo on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] against a rule granting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers [official websites] jurisdiction over small … [read more]

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

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
16 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief [text, PDF; press release] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court … [read more]

Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The New Mexico legislature [official website] on Saturday passed a bill [text] that will end civil asset forfeiture in the state. The bill, HB 560, was passed in the senate by a vote of 37-0. Civil asset forfeiture is a police practice in which authorities can take an individual's … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Mar 2015
by W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law, discusses the legal framework behind the Nebraska and Oklahoma law suit against Colorado to invalidate Colorado's marijuana law...In December 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska took the unusual step of filing a complaint [PDF] in the US Supreme Court asking for a … [read more]

7 Feb 2015
by Allison Hall

In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, … [read more]

Legal News
15 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a petition for certiorari [PDF] on behalf of same-sex couples in Ohio with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday asking the court to resolve a circuit split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Earlier this month the US … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday issued an lifted a stay [text, PDF] on issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Kansas. Justice Sonia Sotomayor [official profile] issued an order blocking same-sex marriage [JURIST report] in Kansas earlier this week, after Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt [official website] asked … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the same-sex marriage ban in Kansas is unconstitutional. The judge found in favor of the plaintiff's claim, which asserted that the law in Kansas denying same-sex couples the right to … [read more]

Legal News
1 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted and sentenced eight men to three years in prison following their participation in an alleged same-sex wedding party. The men denied the charges. The men were referred to trial [JURIST report] for "inciting debauchery" after appearing in a video [video] of what is … [read more]

Legal News
26 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] on Saturday announced [press release] that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Two same-sex couples filed [complaint, PDF] a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi on Monday challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The Campaign for Southern Equality [advocacy website], which filed the suit on behalf of the couples in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi [official … [read more]

Professional Commentary
20 Oct 2014
by D'Arcy Kemnitz of National LGBT Bar Association
edited by Jacqueline Jones

JURIST Guest Columnist D'Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the National LGBT Bar Association discusses reasons why the "gay panic" defense should be outlawed...Just over a year ago, barely a dozen states recognized lesbian and gay marriages. Today, following a sea of change spurred on by rapidly evolving public opinion and … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] As of Friday same-sex marriage has become legal in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska. US District Courts for the Districts of Arizona and Wyoming [official websites] struck down same-sex marriage bans in Wyoming and Arizona [opinions, PDF], respectively, on Friday. Additionally the US Supreme Court [official website] rejected a petition … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday temporarily blocked [text, PDF] same-sex marriage in Idaho. An earlier order blocked same-sex marriage in Nevada as well, but Kennedy vacated [text, PDF] that stay on Wednesday afternoon. The orders follow a Tuesday decision from the US … [read more]

Legal News
7 Oct 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho [case materials]. The court found that the bans violate same-sex couples' due process and equal protection rights. The three-judge panel rejected arguments that same-sex marriages … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied seven pending appeals [order list, PDF], rejecting calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage. The rebuff puts into effect three federal appeals decisions, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states including Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, … [read more]

17 Jul 2014
by Sarah Steers

Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California and New … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Apr 2014
by Brian T. Hodges of Pacific Legal Foundation
edited by Stephanie Kogut

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian T. Hodges of the Pacific Legal Foundation discusses the US Supreme Court's troubling decision in Brandt v. US... On March 10, 2014, the US Supreme Court issued its decision in the quiet title case, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. US (PDF). In an 8-1 decision, … [read more]

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