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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]

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]

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
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]

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

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]

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

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
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
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]

Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained two police officers over allegations that they tortured a lawyer to death inside a Cairo police station. The detentions came after Prosecutor Mohammed Abdel-Shafi summoned seven police officers from the station where the event took place. Five were released and the remaining two have … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Egypt's top appeals court on Thursday upheld a death sentence [Ahram Online report; warning graphic image] against an Islamist charged with murder as well as sentences for 57 other supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder]. Video footage of the Islamist sentenced to death, Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan, showed him … [read more]

Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A court in Egypt on Monday confirmed death sentences for 183 supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder] and ousted president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The men were convicted [JURIST report] in December of playing a role in an attack on a police station in … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered a retrial for 152 Muslim Brotherhood [party website; JURIST news archive] supporters sentenced in a mass trial last year. Thirty-seven were sentenced to death, and 115 others were sentenced to life imprisonment for their roles in attacks against Egyptian Christians and their churches … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Jan 2015
by Laurie Blank of Emory University School of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank, of Emory University School of Law, discusses the protection of UN premises during armed conflict and argues that, while critically important, such inviolability cannot be absolute in light of the fundamental purposes of the law of armed conflict...The nature of conflict fought unceasingly in civilian … [read more]

Professional Commentary
9 Jan 2015
by Azadeh Shahshahani of ACLU of Georgia
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Azadeh Shahshahani, of the ACLU of Georgia, discusses a recent controversy surrounding a mosque in Georgia ... Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant comments from some residents, … [read more]

Legal News
19 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday convicted 40 supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for committing violence last year in the wake of Morsi's ousting by the Egyptian military. The group of Islamists were found guilty [BBC report] by a criminal court of burning churches, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Sep 2014
by Ron Fein of Free Speech for People
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Guest Columnist Ron Fein, of Free Speech for People, discusses the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision ...The Supreme Court's majority opinion [PDF] in Hobby Lobby made a serious mistake about the nature of corporate religious claims. But so did the dissent. As Hobby Lobby's case worked its way … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 12 men to death for the murder of former Deputy Director of Giza Security Nabil Farrag. The defendants were charged with the formation of an illegal militant group, the murder of the police chief and attacking police and armed forces, Christians and local … [read more]

Professional Commentary
30 May 2014
by Bruce H. Schneider of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Schneider of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. discusses the First Amendment and the "extended use" of public schools ... The Framers saw the two religious freedoms secured by the First Amendment as being in harmony: the prohibition against a government-established church was what enabled religious … [read more]

Student Commentary
30 Apr 2014
by Thomas Warns of New York University School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Thomas Warns, New York University School of Law, Class of 2015, discusses Georgia's Safe Carry Protection Act and the balance it strikes between rights to private property and self-defense...Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law a bill which expanded the rights of licensed gun owners to … [read more]

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