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Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [case materials] Wednesday in favor of a lesbian woman seeking the return of her IVF-born daughter to the UK from Pakistan, giving her the right to fight for custody. The seven-year-old child was taken to Pakistan by her biological mother and legal parent … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] began its review the San Francisco police department [official website] on Monday. The review was initiated [AP report] in the aftermath of the filmed shooting of Mario Woods, an African American male, by San Francisco policemen in December. After the video was … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores died Saturday in San Salvador while under house arrest and waiting to stand trial on embezzlement charges. Officials from his Nationalist Republican Alliance party say [AP report] that the cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. Flores was charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Hungarian court on Thursday acquitted [press release, in Hungarian] 15 employees of the Mal Corp for their role in the toxic red sludge spill that killed 10 people in 2010 after a reservoir burst. The spill, which was one of the worst environmental disasters of the nation, with … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday released a report [text] saying that Houthi authorities in Yemen have arbitrarily detained at least 35 people in the country's capital, Sanaa. The rights group further states that the individuals have been in custody for over a year, and that several … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Arizona State Senator John Kavanagh introduced Senate Bill 1054 [text, PDF] on Thursday, which if passed would make it illegal to make a video recording of law enforcement activity within 20 feet without the officer's permission. The bill would also authorize police officers to order occupants of private property to … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Belgian prosecutors on Tuesday said that authorities have taken into custody two people suspected of plotting New Year's Eve attacks of popular tourist spots in Brussels. According to their statement, police on Sunday and Monday conducted raids [AFP report] around Brussels and the Liege region, ultimately seizing military-style training uniforms, … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

An Ohio grand jury decided on Monday not to indict two officers involved in a 2014 shooting [Washington Post report] resulting in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. In November 2014 officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback were dispatched to investigate an emergency call about a "guy with a gun" … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced last week that it is suspending its asset seizure program which allows for local police departments to keep items confiscated from individuals under federal law. The controversial equitable sharing program allows for police departments to execute asset forfeiture cases under … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Colombia's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] exonerated a retired army colonel on Wednesday who had been found guilty of the forced disappearances of two people he escorted away from the 1985 Palace of Justice Siege, ordering the colonel's immediate release [BBC report, in Spanish]. Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court [official website] Monday stayed [order, PDF] an Alabama court decision that repudiated the parental rights of a woman (VL) who had been raising the three children she shared with her same-sex partner. The Alabama Supreme Court [official website] decision [text, PDF] had reversed the ruling of a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Dec 2015
by James Dwyer of College of William & Mary
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist James Dwyer of the College of William & Mary School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding recent removal of a foster child from a same-sex couple...A November foster care review hearing in Utah captured national news attention because the foster parents are a lesbian couple, and, … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] that it will be opening a full investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD) [official website] following the 2014 police shooting death of a black teenager. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch [official profile] said at the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Salvadoran judge on Thursday ordered former president Francisco Flores to stand trial on corruption charges. Flores is charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement and illegal enrichment for allegedly diverting USD $15 million from Taiwanese donation to his personal and political bank accounts. The donations were intended to help victims … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday for the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald in October 2014. A graphic dashboard camera video of the shooting was also released [AFP report] Tuesday and sparked public outcry. City officials have been sharply criticized for … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] Thailand to immediately close a military detention center in Bangkok where two high-profile inmates have died in the last month. The office also called for the end of military detention facilities being used to hold … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Thailand military court on Tuesday indicted two foreigners who authorities believe were involved in the Erawan Shrine bombing last August. The two men from the western China's Xinjiang region have been charged [AP report] with 10 counts, including conspiracy to explode bombs and to commit premeditated murder. An … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Bahrain has tortured detainees in the years following the country's 2011 protests [BBC timeline], despite a government promise to stop such abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [HRW report] Sunday. The report is based on testimony offered by 14 people allegedly assaulted by the police while in custody. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that same-sex couples with children who had been in a union before same-sex marriage was legalized may be granted custodial rights. The case involves parents Charlene Ramey and Kimberly Sutton, who separated two years before the US Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

An Alabama woman on Monday asked [cert. petition] the US Supreme Court [official website] to review the decision of an Alabama court not to recognize [opinion] her adoption of her same-sex partner's three children. She has also asked the Supreme Court for an emergency order [AL report] to allow her … [read more]

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