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Legal News
3 Aug 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) [official website] asked internet service providers (ISPs) on Monday to block [order, PDF] more than 800 pornographic websites under Section 79 (b) of the country's Information Act [text, PDF]. Certain sources [Hindustan Times report] within the DoT state that "[c]ertain websites have been reviewed … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Two Moroccan women on Monday went on trial for gross indecency [Moroccan penal code article 483, in French] for wearing skirts that police characterized as "too tight." The women, hairdressers aged 23 and 29, were arrested [Al-arby report] in mid-June in the city of Agadir after a passerby notified … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the offenses of non-consensual publication of obscene materials and possible implication of the laws banning such offenses ..."I was just so afraid. I didn't know how this would affect my career," said Jennifer Lawrence, referring to the hacked … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Nov 2014
by Nathaniel R. Helms of

JURIST Guest Columnist Nathaniel R. Helms, author of No Time for Truth: The Marines, Justice, and the Haditha Incident, discusses the Haditha Incident and the military justice system ...Kenneth Englade recently offered his interpretation of the so-called Haditha Massacre, an unfortunate label applied to a far more reprehensible event that … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of the Republic of Singapore, the appellate division of the Supreme Court of Singapore [official website], on Tuesday ruled [judgment, PDF] that a national law criminalizing male homosexuality conforms with the city-state's constitution [text]. Three homosexual men brought the case [Straits Times report] against the … [read more]

Legal News
15 Oct 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The brother of Clayton Lockett, whose prolonged execution last April caused Oklahoma to suspend its death penalty to review procedures, filed a lawsuit [complaint] against the state of Oklahoma Monday. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma [official website], contends that the … [read more]

Student Commentary
25 Aug 2014
by Sacha Baniel-Stark of New York University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sacha Baniel-Stark, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the botched execution of Joseph Wood and analyzes the dissenting opinion from the denial of Wood's motion to stay his execution, which argued that capital punishment by lethal injection is fundamentally flawed...On July 23, 2014 … [read more]

Professional Commentary
10 Mar 2014
by Walter Weber of

JURIST Guest Columnist Walter Weber criticizes the US Supreme Court for what he sees as departures from established rules of law...The Constitutional litigators are already familiar with the abortion distortion factor. As Justice O'Connor described it, "no legal rule or doctrine is safe from ad hoc nullification by this [c]ourt … [read more]

Legal News
21 Feb 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] New York has agreed to reforms that would reduce the use of solitary confinement and ban solitary confinement for prisoners under 18 years old, according to court documents [opinion, PDF] released on Wednesday. Under the agreement, the state will immediately halt the use of solitary confinement for youth, pregnant … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

Restrictions on Public Funding of Abortion Although the Supreme Court guaranteed women's constitutional right to have medical access to abortion in Roe, Congress has increasingly restricted federal funding of abortion services, most notably through the Hyde Amendment. Passed as part of appropriation bills in various forms, the basic purpose of … [read more]

19 Jul 2013

While DOMA has effectively blocked the implementation of same-sex marriage at the federal level, there have been several states that have taken independent legislative and judicial action regarding same-sex marriage. The laws passed at the state level have typically adopted one of two stances towards same-sex marriage: either imposing additional … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated Friday that the Singapore government's new licensing requirements [text, PDF] for news sources impinges on free speech [press release]. By placing a registration fee on sources that meet threshold levels of Internet traffic [MDA fact sheet], HRW believes the government will have … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The High Court of Singapore [official website] has upheld [judgment] a law [text] banning intercourse between men as an "outrage on decency." Section 337A of the law outlaws intercourse between men in both public and private settings, and imposes punishments of up to two years in prison. While the … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the state's most comprehensive underage sex trafficking law is unconstitutional, prompting legislators to drop their defense of the law. In particular, Judge Ricardo Martinez found that Senate Bill 6251 [materials], which … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 Dec 2012

JURIST Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader at the University of York, in the second of two pieces on laws pertaining to homosexual acts in the Dependencies of the UK, argues that male, homosexual-specific criminal offenses in Isle of Man should be modernized to parallel the laws of the UK...In a … [read more]

Professional Commentary
29 Nov 2012

JURIST Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader at the University of York, in the first of two pieces on laws pertaining to homosexual acts in Dependencies of the UK, argues that male, homosexual-specific criminal offenses in Guernsey should be modernized to parallel the laws of the UK...The Sexual Offences Act 2003 … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The chief judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that an inmate serving life without parole must be granted gender reassignment surgery as it is the only possible treatment for her gender identity disorder [NLM backgrounder]. Judge Mark Wolf … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Singapore [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that a man charged with gross indecency under a provision of the penal code criminalizing sexual acts between men can proceed with a constitutional challenge against the law in court. Known as Section 377A [AFP report], the … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The National Association of Broadcasters [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed an emergency motion [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] challenging a new regulation that is expected to go into effect in August. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jul 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The New York Fourth Appellate Division for the Supreme Court [official website] on Friday dismissed a challenge [opinion, PDF] to the state's year-old Marriage Equality Act (MEA) [text, PDF], ruling that closed-door meetings between gay rights advocates and state senators did not violate the state's Open Meetings Law (OML) … [read more]

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