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Legal News
5 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] began its review the San Francisco police department [official website] on Monday. The review was initiated [AP report] in the aftermath of the filmed shooting of Mario Woods, an African American male, by San Francisco policemen in December. After the video was … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] stated Wednesday that he plans to ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution [press release] if the state prohibits lethal injections. States access to execution drugs has been hindered as a result of companies … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS) [advocacy website] reached a settlement agreement [document, PDF] on Wednesday with the Department of Corrections [official website] over the treatment of mentally ill prisoners. The ACLU of Indiana and IPAS filed … [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
15 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the ACLU of Louisiana [advocacy website] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint] on Thursday against the New Orleans Public Defenders Office and the Louisiana Public Defender Board [official websites] due to the lack of available public defenders for individuals with no … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the Superior Court of California in the County of San Francisco [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that requiring a Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation sterilization would violate its religious freedom. The plaintiff, Rebecca Chamorro, requested to have the procedure performed at the hospital after … [read more]


Student Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Robert Cimmino

JURIST Guest Columnist Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University discusses growing pains associated with law enforcement body cameras use, implementation, and pending Indiana legislation...In this article I will address several legal and practical issues presented by law enforcement body cameras including: privacy concerns for victims, juveniles and witnesses, especially when an … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Bruce v. Samuels [SCOTUSblog materials] that the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) [materials, PDF] requires prisoners to pay filing fees on a per-case, not a per-prison basis. The particular question in the case was when a prisoner has … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] came to a settlement agreement [text] on Thursday in two civil rights lawsuits accusing the NYPD of wrongfully monitoring Muslims after the 9/11 attacks. In October the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] revived [JURIST report] the civil … [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]


Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin [official website] on Tuesday signed an executive order [text, PDF] to no longer require county clerks' names to appear on marriage licenses. The follows the refusal by county clerk Kim Davis [JURIST report] to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that her Christian faith … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

A group of same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday challenging [press release] a North Carolina law that permits magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six plaintiffs who seek to overturn North Carolina SB 2 [text, PDF], … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] that it will be opening a full investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD) [official website] following the 2014 police shooting death of a black teenager. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch [official profile] said at the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [report, PDF] Monday for the criminal prosecution of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and other US government officials for their participation in torture programs following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The report found that the Obama administration faces no legal … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday for the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald in October 2014. A graphic dashboard camera video of the shooting was also released [AFP report] Tuesday and sparked public outcry. City officials have been sharply criticized for … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit against Governor Mike Pence [official website] and the state's Secretary of Family and Social Services Administration on Monday, on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration [advocacy website], after Pence announced his plans to suspend resettlement of Syrian refugees … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday released its ruling [opinion] that the US government may keep secret memoranda related to the legal justification for the use of drones for targeted killings of those in other countries believed to be involved in terrorism. Though … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Monday issued an order [order, PDF] allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] to continue compiling telephone records of a California-based law firm. Last week a federal judge ruled [JURIST report] against part of … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) [official website] on Monday publicly released an independent report [text PDF] detailing issues with the police response during the April civil unrest, including lack of clear guidance and inadequate protective gear. The report, prpared by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) [advocacy website], enumerated failures … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] against part of the National Security Agency's (NSA) [official website] surveillance program that collects domestic phone records in bulk. Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] said that the program was most likely … [read more]

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