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Legal News
1 day ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter [official website] on Thursday ordered a review of military recruitment office security policies, according to a statement from the Pentagon. Speaking on the order [Stars and Stripes report], Pentagon spokesperson Navy Captain Jeff Davis also noted that existing Department of Defense (DOD) [official … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Los Angeles City Council [official website] on Tuesday passed [roll call] an ordinance [text, PDF] banning high-capacity gun magazines. The new rule will take effect in one year and provides a 60-day widow to allow citizens to legally turn over their high-capacity magazines. According to the new ordinance, … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a California ban [AB 376 text] on the sale of shark fins, which makes it "unlawful for a person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin" in the state. The plaintiffs … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A court in Tripoli sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder report], and eight others to death for war crimes dating back to the 2011 revolution. Twenty-three other defendants were handed sentences ranging from five years to life in prison. The sentence [Libya … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Kenya and other African countries to provide for the equal treatment of gay and lesbian people at a press conference [statement, video] with the president of Kenya, Uhuru [official website]. The Obama Administration [official website] has said it is committed to … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza [official website; BBC profile] was elected to a third term on Friday, leading to public protest and international criticism. Although the election resulted [AP report] in Nkurunziza receiving 69 percent of the vote, the Constitution of Burundi [text, PDF] states that presidents shall be universally elected … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Tunisia's parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday voted to approve a new anti-terror law despite strong criticism [HRW press release] from NGOs and human rights groups. The law, which replaces 2003 legislation passed under the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was adopted … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] France's Constitutional Court [official website, in French] decided [judgement, PDF, in French] Friday that a new billing allowing for broad surveillance of terrorism suspects does not violate the country's constitution. The bill [No. 2669, in French] was proposed before the most recent terrorist attacks but officials stated that the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

The US Third Court of Appeals [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] one of two criminal charges filed against former Texas governor Rick Perry last year.The court stated that the coercion of a public servant [Texas Penal Code Chapter 36] charge Perry had faced infringed upon his constitutional right … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Washington state may force pharmacies to provide emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B. The decision overturns as 2012 ruling [JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Western District of Washington … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Turkish officials briefly blocked access [press release] to Twitter [corporate website] in an attempt to prevent sharing of images from Monday's deadly Suruc bombing, and to stop Twitter users from calling for protests against the government. The ban on Twitter was both installed and lifted the same day. Turkey … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Jul 2015
by Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School discusses the National Judicial Appointments Council...Over the past months, the political whirlwinds surrounding efforts by Narendra Modi's BJP government to change India's judicial appointments system have given way to a storm of constitutional contestation. Since 1993, India's top judges, including the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Jul 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Burundi polls opened [ARIB report, in French] on Tuesday for the controversial election where President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] is running for his third term. Nkurunziza's opponents have boycotted the election, claiming it is unconstitutional for a president to seek third term. In Bujumbura, Burundi's capital, citizens rioted against … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] and county officials in Phoenix on Wednesday agreed to settle [press release] parts of a discrimination lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office [official website] in 2012. The DOJ filed charges against the Sheriff's Office for discriminatory practices in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday passed a bill [materials] to revamp the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act [materials]. The bill comes as part of an effort to overhaul the old law and give more flexibility to states in setting their own standards for student and … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A group of UN rights experts on Thursday called [press release] for the UN Security Council [official website] to take action to prevent an escalation of violence in Burundi ahead of presidential elections. Groups in the country are clashing over President Pierre Nkurunziza's [BBC profile] decision to seek a … [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
9 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [official profile, in French] on Wednesday issued an emergency plan [press release] to combat the ethic driven civil unrest in the southern city of Ghardaia. It is reported [AP report] that 22 people have died due the violence exhibited within the region by rival gangs. The … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] on Wednesday set the execution [Oklahoma execution policy, PDF] dates of three inmates who had previously challenged the use of the drug that will be used in their lethal injections. This is the highest criminal court in Oklahoma. Although the inmates … [read more]

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