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Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a group of former top US officials may be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees held for minor immigration violations after the events of September 11 [JURIST backgrounder]. In … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon discusses recent terrorism trials...On August 7, 1998, al Qaeda terrorists simultaneously attacked the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania with massive truck bombs, killing a combined 224 people and injuring thousands more. In retrospect, this was … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] reached a settlement [press release] Thursday in a case against the US government challenging the constitutionality of detaining Muslim men as material witnesses without sufficient cause. The case alleged that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the US government implemented a discriminatory … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Mar 2014
by Angela Johnson of University of Notre Dame Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Angela Johnson, University of Notre Dame Law School Class of 2014, offers insight into the short per curiam decision in Stanton v. Sims issued by the US Supreme Court on November 4, 2013 which may have created a major hurdle for plaintiffs vindicating constitutional rights via §1983 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Herman of the Brooklyn Law School says that the Second Circuit's Ghailani decision is both novel and disturbing because the court relied on the departure from one principle—detention for the purposes of interrogation—as justification or the departure from another principle—the right to a speedy trial ...My … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Shale gas deposits have been identified across the US and drilling efforts had begun as early as the 1940s. As natural gas extraction intensified in the early twenty-first century and environmental concerns gained publicity, some landowners filed lawsuits, particularly in the northeast Marcellus Shale region. Many of these lawsuits allege … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the mandatory retirement provision for judicial officers. The complaint [JURIST report], originally filed by six Pennsylvania judges, alleged that the mandatory retirement provision in the Pennsylvania Constitution [text] was in violation of the equal protection and due … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order list, PDF] certiorari in an appeal from two US citizens who were detained and tortured by US forces in Iraq. In Vance v. Rumsfeld [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court was asked to consider whether federal courts may entertain … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [text, PDF] a lawsuit against federal law enforcement officials by men who claim they were illegally detained after 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder]. The suit is Turkmen v. Ashcroft [CCR backgrounder]. The … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2012
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Six Pennsylvania judges filed suit [complaint, PDF] challenging a section of the state constitution [text] which requires all justices and judges of Pennsylvania to retire at the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 70. The plaintiffs argue that this requirement is in violation … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2012
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website], sitting en banc Wednesday, ruled [opinion, PDF] that two American citizens cannot sue former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] for alleged torture by US soldiers in Iraq. The plaintiffs, who worked for a private security firm … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a lawsuit brought by US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who alleged that he had been illegally detained at a military jail in South Carolina. Claiming … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2011
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal by US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] to reinstate his unlawful detention suit against several government officials. Padilla, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website], … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2011
by Chris Morris

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a torture suit against former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [JURIST news archive] can proceed. Two American citizens brought a cause of action recognized in Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that former US attorney general John Ashcroft [JURIST news archive] is entitled to absolute immunity from the claims of a Muslim American detained for two weeks after the terrorist attacks on September 11, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2011
by Chris Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [JURIST news archive] can be sued by a former US military contractor who claims he was tortured while imprisoned in Iraq. The man, whose identity … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah (ACLU) [official website] on Wednesday asked a federal judge to permanently block [press release] a Utah law that restricts Internet speech. Utah Code §§ 76-10-1206 and 76-10-1233 [texts] regulate Internet material, including artwork, photography and graphic novels that might be "harmful to … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd [Cornell LII Backgrounder] that a witness in a terror investigation cannot challenge the constitutionality of an objectively reasonable arrest pursuant to a validly obtained warrant even if the government did not … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in two cases: one regarding the extent of immunity for a federal official and another regarding the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause. In Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], former US attorney … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Nov 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston says recent evidence shows that the US has enabled certain Nazi war criminals to avoid prosecution, but that it is incumbent upon the government to end such impunity by actively prosecuting and/or extraditing suspects to stand trial... In the past, … [read more]

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