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Professional Commentary
18 Jul 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses the benefits of Michigan's No-Fault Insurance Act and the need to protect it... Michigan has the most comprehensive no-fault auto insurance laws in the nation, but a series of no-fault reform bills have threatened the law this legislative session. The efforts … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday said that the SAFE Justice Act, a US criminal justice reform bill introduced in June, could better protect prisoners' rights and increase fairness in federal prison sentencing. The bill proposes reforms [HRW report] to federal sentencing statutes, which include the modification … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The government of California on Wednesday agreed to a settlement [text] that may lead to the state reinstating the use of its death chamber. Under the terms of the settlement the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] will provide new regulatory standards for lethal injections after … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan [SCOTUSblog materials] that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 May 2015
by Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporadic media attention, the right for a terminally-ill person to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Veterans Legal Services Clinic [official website] at Yale Law School filed a class action lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] on Monday on behalf of a Vietnam-war veteran, requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] promptly adjudicate his pending disability benefits application. The named plaintiff, Conley … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Young v. United Parcel Service [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a plaintiff may satisfy the requirement to show a prima facie case of discrimination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) [EEOC backgrounder] by showing that the employer accommodates … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases. In Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the state of Texas violated the First Amendment rights of the Texas … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Missouri officials executed death row inmate Cecil Clayton early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court [official website] and Governor Jay Nixon denied [press release] his requested stay of execution. Clayton, 74, was convicted and sentenced to death for shooting a sheriff's deputy in 1996. Clayton's attorneys argued [AP … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the EU for refusing to take action to address Hungary's alleged problematic laws and practices regarding human rights since the European Commission enacted a "rule of law" measure [text, PDF] in March 2014. This measure was created to … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Missouri executed death row inmate Walter Storey early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court [official website] denied [order, PDF] his requested stay of execution. Storey was convicted and sentenced to death [AP report] for a 1990 murder. He challenged his execution based on Missouri's refusal to disclose the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Colorado lawmakers on Friday declined to pass a bill [HB 15-1135, PDF] that would have permitted medically assisted suicide for terminally-ill patients. If Colorado had enacted this law, it would have required two physicians to confirm that a patient was terminally ill. Further, patients would have been required to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday stayed the execution [order, PDF] of Lester Leroy Bower, a Texas inmate who was convicted in 1984 of murdering four men in an airplane hangar. February 10 was his sixth scheduled execution date. Bower has maintained his innocence since charged, and … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A man with an IQ of 67 was executed in Texas on Thursday after the US Supreme Court [official website] denied two pleas for delay that same day. Defense attorneys for Robert Ladd said that his death violates the Constitution [press release], and that his life would have been … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The state of Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill Tuesday despite arguments made by his attorneys that he was intellectually disabled. The US Supreme Court [official website] denied Hill's application for stay of execution, rejecting both his petition for habeas corpus and writ of certiorari [order lists, PDF]. Two … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Washington state legislature [official website] proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 [texts] are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia [official websites], respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without opportunity … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Two Democratic state senators in California introduced a bill [text] on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide and modeled the bill after the physician-assisted suicide law enacted by voters in Oregon in 1994. The bill would require [Reuters report] two doctors to confirm that the patient has six months or … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph [official profile] introduced Senate Bill 136 [text] to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when a … [read more]


Features
20 Dec 2014

In 1978 the US Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act as an amendment to the sex discrimination section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Prior to the Act, there were various Supreme Court cases that dealt with issues of employment discrimination against pregnant women and demonstrated a need for … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a law prohibiting individuals who have been committed to a mental institution for any amount of time from possessing a firearm is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment [text]. The challenge to the … [read more]

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