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Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Oskar Groening, a former Nazi SS officer known as the "accountant of Auschwitz," on Monday appealed the four-year jail sentence imposed on him [JURIST report] last week. Groening's attorney has submitted an appeal in the German Federal Court of Justice [official website], arguing that the Luneburg court that convicted … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a 75-year-long policy prohibiting individuals, corporations or firms working under federal contracts from contributing to the campaigns of federal candidates, parties and committees. Plaintiffs in the case, three individuals who have … [read more]

Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Wednesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar [SCOTUSblog materials] that states may ban judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court found that such restrictions do not violate the First Amendment … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 Apr 2015
by Gregory S. Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] In a unanimous vote on Friday, Pakistani lawmakers [official website] passed a resolution [text] to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, despite pleas from Saudi Arabia for aid in the form of warships, aircraft and ground troops. Saudi Arabia is leading the campaign against Shia Houthi rebels in … [read more]

Legal News
13 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Ninety-two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world on Friday issued an oral statement [text] calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council [official website] to institute a Special Rapporteur on Privacy, citing a pressing need for the provision of continuous and authoritative guidance on the scope and content … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The state of Ohio [official website], along with several universities, filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] Monday challenging taxes imposed on the state through the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text, PDF]. … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett [docket] on collective bargaining agreements for retirement healthcare benefits. The case was brought by retired employees of an M&G Polymers-owned plant, who sued the company when it was announced that retirees would … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in two cases. In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court must determine whether a rule of judicial professional conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday will hear oral arguments [hearing list, PDF] for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still homeless as a result of government policy failures, forced evictions and failed short-term relief solutions, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF; press release] Thursday. According to the report, the influx … [read more]

20 Dec 2014

Congress enacted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978 as an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. The Civil Rights Act in its original form did not offer explicit protections to pregnant women, so the Pregnancy Discrimination Act … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law [text] states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] approved [opinion, PDF] a plan on Friday to resolve Detroit's seven billion dollars of debt and return the city to solvency. The plan includes settlements regarding post-employment benefits claims, tax obligations, insurance, and "the Grand Bargain" which … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] expressed concern over the Maldives's Supreme Court's prosecution of five members of Maldives's Human Rights Commission, following the commission's written submission for OHCHR's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [official websites] of the country's human rights records. The … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] denied [order, PDF] on Monday a request by Citizens United [advocacy website] for a preliminary injunction to allow the conservative organization to air a political documentary without disclosing the film's advertising donors as required by state law [text]. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Robert Bracknell of

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, discusses ways to reform the military judicial system...For the past several years, the Department of Defense and the armed services have been thrashed by the media, victim interest groups, the civilian and military bars and Congress over military justice issues. Accusations … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Three UN human rights experts urged the Australian state of Tasmania on Tuesday not to adopt legislation [Bill 15, PDF] against protests that disrupt businesses. The experts expressed concern that the new law would silence legitimate and lawful protests. The government argues the proposed bill is necessary to protect … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday announced a $16.65 billion settlement [press release] with Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] to settle claims that it sold precarious mortgage-backed securities to investors. Of the $16.65 billion, $9.65 billion will be split among federal and state entities … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Jul 2014
by Haider Ala Hamoudi of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses Grand Ayatollah Sisani's call for jihad against ISIS in Iraq ... As has been widely discussed, Grand Ayatollah Sistani recently issued a call for jihad against the terrorist organization currently rampaging throughout much of Iraq, … [read more]

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