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Academic Commentary
2 days ago
by Eric Johnson of University of Illinois College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric A. Johnson of University of Illinois School of Law discusses the recent Criminal Code Improvement Act ... In November 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send "The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015" [PDF] to the House floor. The bill would, among other things, add … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2016
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the latest challenge to President Obama's immigration policy...Speculation about whether the US Supreme Court would wade into controversial issues involving immigration policy and presidential power—in an election year, no less—is over. On Tuesday, January 19, the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released [press release] a report [document, PDF] Tuesday on the many juvenile offenders on death row in Iran. The report states that 73 executions of juvenile offenders took place between 2005 and 2015 and that 160 juvenile offenders are currently on death row. Iran ratified … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Thursday, dismissing a claim that the imposed pollution regulations in Minnesota are too lenient. The National Parks Conservation Association [advocacy website] challenged the EPA's approval … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in eight new cases for this term. In McDonnell v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the Supreme Court is asked to decide the meaning of "official action" under the fraud statutes used to convict former Virginia governor … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School discusses the validity of censoring disparaging trademarks...The Constitution changes everything. When the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register as a trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants [official site], on the ground … [read more]


Student Commentary
6 Jan 2016
by Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the eighth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Matthews discusses discriminatory No Promo Homo laws... The US Supreme Court recently decided in favor … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] placed a temporary injunction on Wednesday on an order from Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official website] which would have ended the state's contract with Planned Parenthood [official website] and cut federal funding to the Utah branches of the company. The injunction is … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Dec 2015
by Ashley Merritt of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Merritt of the Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentencing laws on deterring gun violence... In response to a disturbing rise in homicides and violent gun crime, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has suggested a solution: harsher mandatory minimum sentences for charges … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

Lawyers for the Obama administration on Friday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to uphold the president's changes to US immigration policy. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] upheld [opinion, PDF] a federal judge's injunction against the president's … [read more]


Features
15 Nov 2015
by Christopher Dellana

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), have become synonymous with the chemical and biological alteration of the modern food supply since their introduction in the mid 1990s. GMOs promote desirable plant genetics, which results in savings for both farmers and consumers. Beyond this, the use of GMOs in crops results in the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Nov 2015
by Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington School of Law discusses the birth and growth of Medicare and Medicaid. She argues that in this, their 50th year, health care's fraternal twins are coming more to resemble each other, with Medicaid adopting some of the characteristics of its … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Oct 2015
by Daniel J. Wright of Law Offices of Daniel Wright
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Daniel J. Wright of the Law Offices of Daniel Wright discusses how post-conviction procedure rules hinder the ability to seek truth in faulty sentences... Those accused of a serious crime are entitled by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution to representation by an attorney. This … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US government's case against five Guantanamo Bay detainees will continue to move forward after a US military judge on Thursday determined that one of the defendants may not fire his defense lawyer [transcript, PDF]. US military judge James Pohl ruled that Walid Bin Atash did not show good … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that more immigrants in detention should receive bond hearings and those held more than a year should get additional hearings. The court held that immigrants who have been detained for over a year should get … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]


Student Commentary
23 Sep 2015
by Devin Cohen of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Devin Cohen from St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the first author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Cohen discusses the problems surrounding Veterans suffering PTSD and their right to receive military benefits...Individuals … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) [official website] has issued a report [press release, PDF] criticizing the Obama administration's immigration detention facilities, stating that some "are not fully complying with detention standards regarding medical care, legal information and other basic standards of treatment." The report [text, PDF], "The … [read more]


Professional Commentary
1 Sep 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom argues that a recent decision of Ohio Board of Professional Conduct compelling state judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is unreasonable and unaccommodating ... The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued a scorched-earth policy against state judges who … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2015
by Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University Faculty of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University Faculty of Law discusses Egypt's anti-terrorism law... After the revolution of 2011, which resulted in President Hosni Mubarak being forced to step down, delegating his powers to the armed forces, Egypt witnessed a huge wave of factional protest movements and escalated violence, … [read more]

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