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Legal News
1 day ago
by Justin Cosgrove

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is obeying orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples according to a federal court ruling [order] Tuesday. US District Judge David Bunning denied a request by the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] to order Davis to reissue licenses she had altered by removing her … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of Zimbabwe was charged Tuesday with obstructing justice after he dropped a case against the men accused of plotting to bomb a dairy operated by members of President Robert Mugabe's [BBC backgrounder] family. He was officially charged with [AFP report] "abuse of office and obstructing justice" … [read more]


Professional Commentary
23 Dec 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses Michigan's legislation regarding no-fault regulations, and holding insurance companies to their lawful responsibilities ... The legal climate for Michigan medical providers has gotten bleak recently. Auto insurance companies have developed a practice of challenging almost every claim for no-fault benefits, throwing … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin [official website] on Tuesday signed an executive order [text, PDF] to no longer require county clerks' names to appear on marriage licenses. The follows the refusal by county clerk Kim Davis [JURIST report] to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that her Christian faith … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslav (ICTY) [official website] publicly announced [press release] on Tuesday confidential charges and arrest warrants [order, PDF] for contempt of court against three people involved in the Vojislav Šešelj trial [ICTY case materials]. Petar Jojić, Jovo Ostojić and Vjerica Radeta, two defense lawyers … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Lebanese journalist Karma Khayat was fined €10,000 Monday following her refusal to take down Internet videos made in 2012. The videos risked exposing [Reuters report] the identities of witnesses in the case of the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. Khayat had been ordered by the court … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Monday filed a motion [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky [official website] asking the court to enforce orders relating to the issuance of marriage licenses. The ACLU is requesting that the court order … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon [official website] on Friday handed down [press release] its first judgment, finding journalist Karma Khayat in contempt of court for not removing a broadcast made in 2012. The STL, set up to prosecute those responsible for the assassination of prime minister Rafik Hariri … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that a lower court judge should not have expanded a class action suit of bondholders suing Argentina. District Judge Thomas Griesa had been overseeing litigation related to Argentina's sovereign debt default from roughly 14 … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Kentucky official Kim Davis, held in contempt for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses [JURIST report] said Monday that she will not block her clerks from issuing the licenses. Davis was returning to work Monday following her release [JURIST report] from jail last week. Davis warned, however, that the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses due to personal beliefs, was released [order, PDF] from jail on Tuesday. District Judge David Bunning of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky [official website] said that licenses were now being issued according … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Sunday that the Swazi government is continuing to use repressive laws as a way of silencing those opposed to the government and suppressing freedom of expression. AI made these statements on the day of the forty-seventh anniversary of Swaziland's independence, noting … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US district court judge on Thursday held Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for her continued refusal [response, PDF] to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The ruling by District Judge David Bunning came after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a motion to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Sep 2015
by Craig Martin of Washburn University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Martin, an Associate Professor at the Washburn University School of Law, discusses how the Japan's government's reinterpretation of Japan's constitutional limits on the use of military force will affect the US foreign policies... On August 30, tens of thousands of Japanese citizens demonstrated outside of the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] a Kentucky county clerk's bid to continue refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples pending an appeal. Kim Davis, the clerk for Rowan county, has declined to extend marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A federal court in Pakistan on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] following the presentation of a final charge sheet by the country's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) [official website]. The warrant [The Indian Express report] issued for … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Washington [official website] on Thursday ordered [order] the state to pay a fine of $100,000 per day for each day that it fails to comply with a previous court ruling mandating adequate funding of public schools. In 2012, the Washington court ruled that education is … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A federal judge in Alaska ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Greenpeace USA will be fined $2,500 for every hour that protesters block a Royal Dutch Shell vessel from leaving Portland. The protesters [press release] have been suspending themselves from a bridge and kayakers have been blocking the river to try … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Parliament of Malaysia [official website, in Malay] on Friday announced a change to the country's sedition law, which will strengthen government intervention upon seditious activity. Malaysia's original sedition law [BBC backgrounder] banned acts and speech expressing contempt against the government or any of Malaysia's royal sultans and called … [read more]

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