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Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Hangzhou Christian Council on Friday announced that a prominent Chinese Pastor is under investigation for corruption involving the embezzlement of state funds. The pastor, Gu Yuese, is the leader of the Chongyi Church of Zhejiang. The Chongyi Church is the largest Protestant church in the Chinese speaking world … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in eight new cases for this term. In McDonnell v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the Supreme Court is asked to decide the meaning of "official action" under the fraud statutes used to convict former Virginia governor … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Dec 2015
by Jessica Waters of
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Jessica L. Waters of American University discusses the implications of the Supreme Court granting certiorari to hear consolidated ACA cases... In early November the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in a group of consolidated cases challenging the applicability of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive mandate. … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Russian Court on Monday banned the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology. The court banned the church [RT report] stating that it does not comply with federal laws on freedom of religion because 'Scientology' is a US trademark. This is the latest in a series of battles … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by James G. Hodge of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist James G. Hodge, Jr. of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University discusses the significance of the outcome of Wollschlaeger II and its impact on the public's health... Without question significant access to guns and ammunition implicates major public health risks. There were 33,636 … [read more]


Professional Commentary
1 Sep 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom argues that a recent decision of Ohio Board of Professional Conduct compelling state judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is unreasonable and unaccommodating ... The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued a scorched-earth policy against state judges who … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A Travis county [official website] judge on Friday denied a request for a temporary restraining order meant to halt the University of Texas at Austin's efforts to relocate a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The university's plan to move the statue from a prominent pedestrian area to an … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Colorado state appeals court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Thursday that a baker violated Colorado's public accommodations law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The baker, Jack Phillips, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, claiming that creating … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Aug 2015
by Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School discusses religious freedom in the US...In a recent battle between reproductive rights and religious freedom, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman rejected claims brought by a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists seeking … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Ministry [official website] on Wednesday jailed an Israeli extremists for sixth months with no charges or formal trial. It is reported [Times of Israel report] that Mordechai Meyer was sent to jail in as an effort by Israel officials to stop militant Jews involvement in future … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Aug 2015
by David A. Cortman of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist David A. Cortman, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, discusses the implications of the Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert... 

The government is relatively good at some things: protecting its citizens through police and fire departments, collecting and spending money (sometimes too good) and … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black church members attending Emanuel AME Church [official website] in Charleston last month, entered [Reuters report] a 'temporary' not guilty plea Friday. Roof has been indicted on 33 charges including federal hate crimes and firearms charges for killing and attempting to … [read more]


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]

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