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Academic Commentary
28 Mar 2015
by John B. Quigley of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of September 1, 2014, titled "The … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Feb 2015
by Brandon L. Garret of University of Virginia School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett, of the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses Governor Tom Wolf's death penalty moratorium ...Is declaring a "time out" to the death penalty in Pennsylvania an abuse of the governor's power "ignoring duly enacted law," as prosecutors have claimed, or is it a … [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]

Academic Commentary
27 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses his new book, which looks at the tendency of law enforcement to resist advances in scientific knowledge that undermine more "traditional" methods of police investigation...In the US today, consumers of news and popular culture cannot avoid … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ben Jones, Executive Director for the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, says that Connecticut's repeal of the death penalty is one of the first of a trend of states moving away from capital punishment ...Last month, the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation that five years … [read more]

Academic Commentary
29 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon Garrett of the University of Virginia School of Law says that enlarging DNA databanks with samples taken from all individuals arrested for felonies may increase the risk of wrongful convictions, while diverting attention away from more fruitful routes for improving the criminal justice system...In a decision … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Vivian Curran of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Armenian genocide law must be viewed in the context of French lois mémorielles, the complex history of France and EU law, noting that the French Constitutional Court will have to carefully balance dedication both … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Crystal Whalen, Texas Tech University School of Law Class of 2012, is a student attorney at the Regional Public Defender's Office for Capital Cases in Lubbock, Texas. She argues in favor of moving away from the death penalty and makes a case for its unconstitutionality...As Americans, we … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that Florida's procedure for imposing the death penalty is unconstitutional. Florida's death penalty statute [Fla Stat Ann § 921.141 text] provides that the jury in a capital case is to … [read more]

Professional Commentary
30 Mar 2011

Courtney Minick [Board Member, Death Penalty Focus]: "Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a bill to ban the use of the death penalty in Illinois. The state has been wrestling with the issue of capital punishment for over ten years. Senate Bill 3539 was passed in both houses of the Illinois … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that no criminal charges will be brought against Bush administration officials for the firing of nine US Attorneys [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in 2006. In a letter [text, PDF] sent from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to House … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission [official website] on Wednesday overturned a man's 1993 murder conviction in its first exoneration of an inmate who claimed to have been wrongly convicted. George Taylor, who had served 17 years of a life sentence and had exhausted all other appeals options, became … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The German Bundestag [official website, in German] unanimously passed a law [draft bill, PDF, in German] Tuesday overturning the conviction of Nazi-regime "war traitors." Among those whose names have been cleared are resistance fighters, people who aided Jews, and even people who were convicted for speaking in critical terms … [read more]

Professional Commentary
31 Jul 2009

Richard C. Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "The fact that fewer countries employ the death penalty and that the number of executions worldwide declined last year should serve as a wake-up call to the United States. On many issues, the US is seen as a leader in the … [read more]

Legal News
11 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Executions in the US are at a 14-year low and the number of death sentences has dropped 60 percent since the 1990s, according to a report [text, PDF; DPIC press release, PDF] released Thursday by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) [advocacy website], a non-profit organization that opposes the … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] on Wednesday declared [Moscow Times report] the 1918 killing [eyewitness account] of Tsar Nicholas II [memorial website] an act of political "repression." The ruling, long sought by the Tsar's descendants, is seen an exoneration of the country's last monarch, who had … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge announced [press release, DOC] Wednesday the creation of an oversight committee designed to increase the effectiveness of the state criminal-justice system and to ensure its procedures are both reasonable and legal. Judge Barbara Hervey [official profile] said that the Texas Criminal Justice … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Dec 2007

J. Wells Dixon [Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights and lawyer for several Guantanamo prisoners]: "The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) returned to the United States Supreme Court yesterday for arguments in Al Odah v. United States and Boumediene v. Bush, which will likely decide the fate of about 300 … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] ruled Thursday that Tsar Nicholas II [Wikipedia profile] and his family were murdered by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918 [eyewitness account], and therefore not eligible for legal rehabilitation. The decision upholds a September determination [JURIST report] by Russia's Prosecutor General [official website, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Nov 2007

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Faisal Naseem Chaudhry, an advocate of the Lahore High Court in Lahore, Pakistan, says that the greatest danger to law and the constitution in Pakistan in the wake of General Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule is not the much-maligned judiciary, but the military dictator himself … [read more]

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