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Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch [official profile] on Wednesday announced [press release] the federal indictment of Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black church members attending Emanuel AME Church [official website] in Charleston last month. Roof has been indicted on 33 charges including federal hate crimes and firearms … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

A South Carolina judge on Thursday set July 11, 2016 as the trial date for Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black church members attending Emanuel AME Church [official website] in Charleston last month. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Vatican City State Tribunal [official website] on Saturday delayed [press release] the child abuse trial of former papal diplomat Józef Wesołowski due to an "unexpected illness" that resulted in hospitalization. The accused, formerly stationed in the Dominican Republic, is charged with pedophilia and possession of child pornography. Reports … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley [official website] signed into law a bill [text; materials] on Thursday to remove the Confederate flag [UVA backgrounder] from the state's legislature. The South Carolina Senate [official website] approved [JURIST report] the bill Tuesday It was then introduced in the South Carolina House [official … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The South Carolina Senate [official website] on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 897 [text; materials], which would remove the Confederate flag [UVA backgrounder] from the State House and the Capitol Complex, by a vote of 37 to 3 [vote reading, PDF]. It was then introduced in the South Carolina House … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text, JURIST commentary] law took effect on Wednesday, one of many such bills to take effect today around the country. The bill, as originally written, made it legal for private businesses to refuse service to potential customers because of their sexual orientation. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] signed two bills [Senate Bill 35 PDF; Senate Bill 49 PDF] Wednesday loosening Wisconsin's gun laws. The bills, to take effect on Friday, eliminate Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for purchasing a handgun and allow off duty, retired and out-of-state police officers to carry … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Jun 2015
by Diana Ginn of Schulich School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Diana Ginn of Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, discusses the debate surrounding the freedom of religion held by private and public schools in Canada with regards to curriculum...In Loyola High School and John Zucci v. Attorney General of Quebec the Supreme Court of Canada addressed the … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's National Council for Human Rights [official website] reported on Sunday that at least 2,600 people have been killed by violence in the 18 months following the military ouster [Guardian report] of Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] in 2013. Head of the agency Mohammed Fayeq told reporters that the 2,600 … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a policeman convicted of torturing an Islamist to death over a church bombing. Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Shimi was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June 2012 for taking part in the torturing of Sayed Bilal until he was dead. On appeal the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 May 2015
by Caroline Mala Corbin of University of Miami School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Caroline Mala Corbin, of University of Miami School of Law, discusses whether filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption is a substantial burden on religious liberty... Does filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption from a law constitute a substantial burden on religious … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday upheld death sentences for five members of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder] on charges of killing policemen in 2013. The charges include attempted murder, weapons possession and violence stemming from an incident known as the "Kerdasa massacre," when supporters of the former Egyptian president … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Giza Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced 69 Muslim Brotherhood [JURIST news archive] supporter to 25 years in prison for attacking and burning a church in a village near Cairo in 2013 during protests against former president Mohamed Morsi [JURIST news archive]. In addition, Judge Mohamed Nagi Shehata also … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Apr 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the potential impact of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states on protecting and promoting the public's health ...Fierce debates and extensive media coverage have … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Salvadoran ex-general linked to human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s was deported from the US on Wednesday. Former General Eugenio Vides Casanova will not face charges [BBC report] in El Salvador due to an amnesty law. Vides Casanova was tied to killings and … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Indiana Governor Mike Pence [official website] signed into law on Thursday an amended [text, PDF] version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text], which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious freedom … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A former El Salvadoran Defense Minister accused of human rights abuses during the country's 1980s civil war is in US immigration custody to await deportation, immigration officials said Friday. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was arrested in Florida [AP report] where he has been living since 1989. Earlier this month, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Utah lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to balance religious rights and protections against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) discrimination in the workplace and housing. The bill, SB 0296 [text], proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Utah's anti-discrimination laws for housing and employment, clarifies exemptions … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Slovenian Parliament [official website] passed legislation granting same-sex marriage and adoption rights Tuesday amid public opposition from conservative and religious groups. Although thousands of people from conservative groups and the Catholic Church rallied to oppose the lawmakers' action, the legislation was passed [press release] by a vote of … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday upheld a 10-year prison sentence for two police officers who were convicted for torturing activist Khaled Said to death in 2010. Eye witnesses provided evidence that the officers beat the 28-year-old outside of a cafe in Alexandria. Said's killing is seen to be one … [read more]

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