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Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile], speaking at the NAACP Annual Convention [official website] on Tuesday, urged Congress to reform [press release] the criminal justice system by enacting legislation that would enforce criminal laws fairly and reduce disparities. Obama is also calling for sentencing reform, changes to the juvenile … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday granted [statement, video] commuted sentences to 46 drug offenders in what he said was part of an effort by his administration to remedy the unfairness of the criminal justice system. In his statement, Obama noted that the majority of the men … [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]


Professional Commentary
11 May 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney discusses the proposed changes to the boards of correction of military records...Senators Boxer, Wyden and Markey have introduced much-needed legislation, the “Legal Justice For Servicemembers Act,” [PDF] to overhaul protections for military whistleblowers, including victims of sexual harassment and assault, who frequently suffer reprisals … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] In closing remarks at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] Yury Fedotov called on [UN NewsCentre report] member states to implement the Doha Declaration [text, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Paksitan [official website] suspended all death sentences on Thursday rendered by the country's new military tribunal after the Supreme Court Bar Association [official website] challenged the constitutional amendment that created the tribunals. This move directly affects six prisoners who faced imminent executions [JURIST report]. The … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit that challenged the fairness of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text, PDF] for allowing members of Congress and their staffs to receive subsidies for their health insurance. US … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Islamist opposition leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was executed in Bangladesh on Saturday for war crimes committed in 1971 during the nation's war of independence. Kamaruzzaman, who was one of the highest-ranking officials in the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party [party website], was convicted of [AFP report] committing torture, abduction and mass murder, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Cambodian lawmakers on Thursday voted by an overwhelming margin to approve a new electoral commission that promises to ensure fairness in the next national vote in 2018. The vote came after opposition leader Sam Rainsey criticized the electoral commission for being biased and disputed the 2013 election results [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A military court in Gambia secretly sentenced three soldiers to death on Monday for an attempted coup d'état, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Wednesday. Three other soldiers were sentenced to life in prison. All media was banned from observing the proceedings. AI claims the death sentences … [read more]


Student Commentary
26 Mar 2015
by B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany of Georgetown University Law Center

JURIST Guest Columnists B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discuss the military's violations of the due process of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay since 9/11...On March 18th President Obama said if he could relive his first day in office he would have closed Guantanamo … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile] Sunday to reject amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure that would interfere [HRW report] with the rights of defense lawyers to call witnesses during trials. The amendments, which were adopted by the Egyptian … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China's Supreme People's Court [official website, in Mandarin] on Thursday announced [press release, in Mandarin] a five-year comprehensive legal reform plan to make the judiciary more impartial, fair, independent and accountable as a way to emphasize the rule of law and "safeguard national unity." The reform has five basic … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf [official website] declared a moratorium [memorandum] on the death penalty Friday, which will remain in effect until he receives and reviews a report from the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment. The governor expressed concerns over serious flaws in the death penalty … [read more]


Student Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Anastasia Konina of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasia Konina, an LL.M student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses how due process rights should be applied in the case of consumer online dispute resolution...Recent years have witnessed the increasing privatization of enforcement institutions in several areas of European law, including consumer law. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses recent changes to the US military's records review process ...Since the 1989 decision of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Kreis v. Secretary of the Air Force, in which … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] on Wednesday ruled [judgment] that the off-shore detention of more than 150 ethnic Tamil refugees aboard an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) [official website] vessel was lawful under the Maritime Powers Act of 2013 [text]. The case was brought by … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Company, LLC v. Owens [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a defendant seeking removal to federal court must indicate only a plausible allegation that the amount in controversy exceeds the jurisdictional threshold. The notice need not contain … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Dec 2014
by Philip Leach of Middlesex University

JURIST Guest Columnist Philip Leach, of Middlesex University and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), discusses how the Irish government has urged the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 case Ireland v. UK ...The Irish government announced this week that it is applying to the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called [text] for the trial of 26 former state security agents of Chad dictator Hissene Habre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to be carried out in a "fair and transparent manner." The defendants are accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, arbitrary detention, … [read more]

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