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Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Luis Segovia, a veteran and former resident of Illinois who now lives in Guam, filed a complaint [text] on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] claiming the laws affording residents of certain US territories the right to vote and not affording the … [read more]

Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list] in Frank v. Walker [docket; cert. petition, PDF], allowing Wisconsin's voter identification law to stand. Wisconsin's Act 23 [text, PDF], which requires residents to present photo ID to vote, was struck down by a federal district court, … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2014
by Cassandra Baubie

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] Wisconsin from enforcing its voter ID law [Act 23 text]. The order vacates a September 12 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which stayed an injunction [JURIST report] on the law's enforcement. … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Judge Said Youssef of the Minya Criminal Court of Egypt on Friday confirmed the death sentence of 183 Muslim Brotherhood [party website] members while simultaneously acquitting over 400 in the death of police officers over a year ago. Only 110 of the accused were present in a holding area … [read more]

Legal News
17 Aug 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] judge issued an order [text, PDF] on Friday blocking enforcement of the state's voter identification law for the upcoming November elections. The ruling by Judge Bernard McGinley marks the third consecutive election [AP report] in which the law, passed in March 2012, will … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Today, there are 32 states in the US that require voters to present identification at the polls in order to vote, including 17 states that have passed laws requiring a photo ID. Voter ID laws have become increasingly controversial as the 2012 presidential election approaches, precipitating legal challenges in several … [read more]

Student Commentary
13 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist, Ilan Wurman, Stanford Law School Class of 2013, discusses drug testing welfare recipients and argues that the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit misapplied the doctrine of unconstitutional conditions... On February 26, 2013, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Lawyers for Pennsylvania and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Friday reached an accord allowing state residents to vote in upcoming primary and special elections without submitting identification. According to media sources, voters will be asked to present ID [Bloomberg report], but may decline … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jan 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in three cases [order list, PDF] on Friday. In Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider whether the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) [materials] allows a non-custodial parent to block an adoption by their non-Indian … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2012
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that it will keep Montana's campaign contribution limits in place for the duration of the election season, extending a stay on a lower court decision [JURIST reports]. The appeals court ruled that changing the … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Ohio officials filed an emergency appeal [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday seeking permission to close early voting three days prior to election day for everyone but overseas military personnel. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine [official websites] filed … [read more]

Student Commentary
5 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Suto, Syracuse University College of Law Class of 2013, discusses how the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry acts as a method of rule-of-law in post-conflict resolution and acknowledges its limitations...On February 14, 2011, Bahrain joined the Arab Spring when thousands of protesters filled the streets, demanding … [read more]

Legal News
24 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday agreed to expedite its hearing [order, PDF] of the challenge to the state's new voter ID law [HB 943 materials]. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] declined to issue an injunction [JURIST report] against the law last week. The decision prompted … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] on Wednesday declined to issue an injunction [order, PDF] to prevent the state's voter ID law [HB 943 materials] from taking effect. The plaintiffs in the case are Pennsylvania residents who lack photo ID. They argued that HB 943 will … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] is investigating a law [HB 943 materials] in Pennsylvania that requires voters to present photo identification before voting, according to a letter [text, PDF] released on Monday. The letter, which was sent in March, requests that Pennsylvania send the DOJ available … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court [official website] ruled [order] Tuesday that the state's voter identification law [text, PDF] is unconstitutional, issuing a permanent injunction against the law's enforcement. Judge David Flanagan is the second Dane County judge to strike down the law, following a similar ruling … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jul 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) [official website] on Tuesday vetoed several measures in a series of new legislation that included amendments to the state's election laws. Two of the vetoed bills would have required voters to produce photo identification for absentee voting and to confirm their citizenship before voting … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 May 2012

JURIST Columnist Chris Elmendorf, writing the fifth installment of the column authored by the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Law, says that the "purpose" rather than the "effects" prong of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act may offer a better basis to challenge recent state … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Josh Douglas of the University of Kentucky College of Law says that state constitutions are becoming an important source of voting rights in challenges to recent laws requiring specific forms of voter identification...An emerging storyline in this year's election season is the increased implementation of voter ID … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] on Monday dismissed a Palestinian family's appeal claiming ownership of a historic property in Jerusalem. The Husseini family claimed that they are the rightful heirs and owners of land that was once the Shepherd Hotel, also known as the former residence of Hajj … [read more]

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