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Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira [official profile, in French] resigned Wednesday after expressing disagreement with the President Francois Hollande's proposal to strip convicted terrorists of their French citizenship. The plan, proposed as a revision to the French constitution [text], went before the French parliament [official website, in French] just … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2016
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the latest challenge to President Obama's immigration policy...Speculation about whether the US Supreme Court would wade into controversial issues involving immigration policy and presidential power—in an election year, no less—is over. On Tuesday, January 19, the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST]The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday heard [day call] the cases of Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods and Heffernan v. City of Paterson [SCOTUSblog backgrounders]. In Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods [argument transcript] the Court will examine whether the citizenship of a trust for purposes of diversity … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday declined to grant [opinion, PDF] a motion by the NAACP [advocacy website] and other plaintiffs that would have kept the state from implementing their voter identification law in the upcoming March … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic was indicted Friday for war crimes committed during Croatia's war of independence. Vasilikovic was indicted in Croatia six months after being extradited from Australia. The 61-year-old holds [ABC report] dual Serbian-Australian citizenship. Vasiljkovic is accused of torturing and killing captured members of the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed [press release] the Every Student Succeeds Act [text, PDF] into law. The new measures hand much of the power over education success monitoring back to the states and allow them to make the decisions on how to do so. The Every Student Succeeds … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday asking Alabama to loosen the discriminatory burdens resulting from their voter photo identification law. The law's purported purpose is to prevent voter fraud by requiring voters to present a photo ID prior to voting. … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Members of the US House of Representatives [official website] approved [roll call] a bill to give much responsibility of improving public schools back to the states. The Student Success Act [text, PDF] would revise the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) [materials] and remove the accountability measures … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

Lawyers for the Obama administration on Friday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to uphold the president's changes to US immigration policy. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] upheld [opinion, PDF] a federal judge's injunction against the president's … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Canada's Minister of Justice and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship issued a joint statement [text] on Monday announcing that the government will withdraw an appeal that sought to require removal of the niqab for citizenship ceremonies. A niqab is a veil worn by some Muslim women that covers … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Bahraini court on Monday rejected the death sentence appeals of two men convicted in a 2014 bombing that killed three police officers. The court's decision was announced [PTI report] by prosecutor Nayyaf Yusuf. The men, Hassan Mosa and Mohammed Ramadan, were among 12 convicted in the bombing [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [official website] Friday that it has reached an agreement with Alabama, under which Alabama has committed to comply with US laws requiring motor vehicle agencies to register eligible voters. More specifically, Alabama has agreed to provide voter registration opportunities in all … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Luis Segovia, a veteran and former resident of Illinois who now lives in Guam, filed a complaint [text] on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] claiming the laws affording residents of certain US territories the right to vote and not affording the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The French government on Wednesday lifted the prohibition [press release, PDF, in French] on blood donations by gay men. French Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights Marisol Touraine [official website, in French], announced [statement, PDF, in French] that "[d]onating blood is an act of generosity, citizenship, which cannot … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Bahrain Court of Appeals convicted rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja on charges related to her ripping up a photo of the Bahraini king during a court hearing in 2014, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Wednesday. Her appeal reduced her charges for insulting the king from three years to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] to expand the list of types of photo identification accepted at polls in the state. Judge Lynn Adelman … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday grantedcertiorari [order list, PDF] in 13 cases, following its annual long conference Monday. In Bank Markazi v. Peterson [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will rule on a separation of powers issue involving terrorism victims' rights to funds held by the Central … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A North Carolina Superior Court [official website] judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss [order, PDF] a case challenging the state's new voter identification requirement. Recently, North Carolina reformed its voter ID law [text, PDF] by creating a provision that states that if one has "reasonable impediment" to receiving a … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) [official website] has issued a report [press release, PDF] criticizing the Obama administration's immigration detention facilities, stating that some "are not fully complying with detention standards regarding medical care, legal information and other basic standards of treatment." The report [text, PDF], "The … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Canadian court on Tuesday ruled that women may be allowed to wear face-covering veils during swearing the oath of citizenship. The case, heard by a Federal Court of Appeal [official website], was brought by Zunera Ishaq against the Canadian government after she arrived from Pakistan in 2008 and … [read more]

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