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Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday ruled in Kansas v. Carr [opinion, PDF] that a jury in a death penalty case does not need to be advised that mitigating factors [Cornell LII backgrounder], which can lessen the severity of a criminal act, do not need to proven beyond … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] said Thursday that the use of starvation as a weapon in Syria is a war crime [transcript]. According to Ban, UN teams have witnessed horrifying scenes of "the elderly and children, men and women, who were little more than skin and bones." Ban said, … [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]


Student Commentary
28 Dec 2015
by Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University Law School of Class 2016 discusses the importance of coming together as a community in order to solve the problem of affordable housing in the US... With the price of housing steadily rising, income levels largely remaining stagnant and an increase in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Dec 2015
by Robert I. Field of Drexel University Kline School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Field of the Drexel University Kline School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding the latest challenges to the Affordable Care Act ...The barrage of lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) shows no signs of abating, even in the wake of two major US Supreme … [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]


Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A 91-year-old German woman was charged today for her role at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp [in Polish] as an SS radio operator from April to June 1944. German prosecutors from the state of Schleswig-Holstein [official website, in German] announced that the woman, whose name was not disclosed due to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] President Obama on Monday issued an executive order [White House factsheet] that requires federal contractors to provide at least seven days of paid sick leave to employees. Obama announced his intent during a Labor Day speech in Boston, where he simultaneously urged Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act … [read more]


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

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
14 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Milan court declared on Tuesday that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] has fully served his sentence for tax fraud and will now be permitted to travel out of the country. Berlusconi was found guilty of tax fraud [JURIST report] in 2012 and … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] So-called "less-lethal" weapons used by law enforcement can have deadly consequences [press release], Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation [advocacy websites] said in a briefing [materials] presented Monday to the UN Crime Congress [official website] in Doha, Qatar. Marek Marczynski, Head of Military, Security and Police at … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Apr 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis and Clark Law School
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin, of Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the effectiveness of TSA screening policies and how those policies affect our privacy rights...In the fall of 2001, I went on the market to become a law professor, and I was fortunate enough to do a fair amount … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that more than 6,000 people have died [press release] in eastern Ukraine since the conflict [JURIST backgrounder] began almost a year ago. According to the high commissioner, many of the casualties comprise women, children and the … [read more]


Student Commentary
23 Jan 2015
by Justin Camper of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Justin Camper, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses the issues facing voters at the polls..."Voting is the most precious right of every citizen and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process." No sentiment concerning voting rings truer than this … [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
15 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday condemned [press release] the recent violence [BBC report] in the town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria committed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder]. The release states that Boko Haram has … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday unanimously affirmed [opinion, PDF] the conviction of a bank robber for violating the forced accompaniment provision of the Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes section of the US Code, 18 USC § 2113(e) [text]. An individual is subject to enhanced penalties under … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday on the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse passports of US citizens born in Jerusalem with "Israel" as the place of birth. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry [transcript, PDF; … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Police in Ferguson, Missouri committed human rights abuses against peaceful protesters between August 14 and 22, Amnesty International USA (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text] Friday. The human rights concerns were witnessed first-hand by AI while in Ferguson during the protests. "What Amnesty International witnessed in Missouri on the ground … [read more]


Student Commentary
7 Oct 2014
by Jason Birriel of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Birriel, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the third article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Birriel discusses the issues with mandatory judiciary retirement provisions and possible alternatives...In the … [read more]

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