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Legal News
12 hours ago
by Kasey Tuttle

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] on Thursday ordered a Bosnian man to be deported after he pleaded guilty to lying on immigration forms about his criminal history during the Bosnian war. Zdenko Jekisa [ICE press release] has resided in the US … [read more]


Legal News
13 hours ago
by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court of Kansas [official website] upheld [opinion, PDF] a decision on Thursday that found unequal state educational funding to be unconstitutional. The court gave the state's legislature until June 30 to implement a valid dispersal of funds. If the legislature cannot enact an approved procedure before the deadline, … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Justin Cosgrove

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is obeying orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples according to a federal court ruling [order] Tuesday. US District Judge David Bunning denied a request by the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] to order Davis to reissue licenses she had altered by removing her … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Justin Cosgrove

Morgan Stanley [corporate website] agreed Thursday to pay about $3.2 billion to settle charges [settlement agreement, PDF] that it misled investors in residential mortgage-backed securities. The charges come from an investigation by the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Group [official website] that serves to prove potential misconduct from the financial crisis. $2.6 … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Taylor Gillan

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, for alleged unjust policing. According to Lynch's statement, the lawsuit alleges "a pattern or practice of law … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill [HB 294, PDF] that would block federal and state funds from reaching groups that promote or perform abortions, effectively defunding Planned Parenthood. The bill passed in the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 62-32 and will now be sent to … [read more]


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]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered [order, PDF] that the Obama administration delay enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Clean Power Plan (CPP) [materials] pending a resolution to legal challenges. The 5-4 decision was written in five identical orders to respond to five different … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [official website] on Tuesday overrode a veto by Governor Larry Hogan [official website] to pass bill [materials] that will allow felons to vote before they complete parole or probation. Sixty percent of the Democrat-dominated Senate voted in favor of overriding the veto, which is the exact … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Justin Cosgrove

US District Court Judge David Godbey on Monday rejected [order, PDF] a Texas lawsuit seeking to halt the federal resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state. The federal judge ruled that Texas officials had failed to show a "substantial threat of irreparable injury" in the request for an injunction to … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) [official website] of the UK Parliament released a report [text, PDF] on Monday outlining its concerns with a proposed bill that plans to expand data collection and Internet spying. The Investigatory Powers Bill [text, PDF; Guardian backgrounder] was intended to improve transparency after … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 days ago
by Kermit Roosevelt of University of Pennsylvania Law School
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania Law School discusses abortion rights in America ...In 1973, over 40 years ago now, the US Supreme Court entered the abortion fray in Roe v. Wade. Roe offered the nation the court's view of the competing interests in the abortion … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday sent a letter [text] to Guinea Prime Minister Mamady Youla, urging him to ensure that any government oversight on telecommunications respects individual privacy. On January 6, 2016, the Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (APRT) [official website, in French], Guinea's telecommunications regulator, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a bill that would end a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] initiative aimed at removing certain industries from the banking system. The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015 [materials] would end the DOJ's initiative called "Operation Choke Point" … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website] on Thursday found that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] violated [report, PDF] federal law through its handling of multi-year lease costs for its offices. CFTC was authorized by Congress to enter into multi-year leases, but it was obligated to … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

Judge Vernon Broderick for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled on Thursday that suspended Deputy UN Ambassador Francis Lorenzo cannot claim diplomatic immunity on bribery charges. Lorenzo, representing the Dominican Republic, has been facing criminal allegations involving bribery [complaint, PDF] since early … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday vacated [opinion, pdf] a district court ruling that had upheld a Maryland law banning high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles. The lower court had granted summary judgment in favor of Maryland on the plaintiffs' Second Amendment claims attacking the law's … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Miracle Jones

In an open letter [text] released Thursday, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International [advocacy websites], along with five other advocacy groups, urged Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma [official website] to sign a bill that would increase women's access to safe and legal abortion. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] affirmed [opinion, PDF] the decision of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website], holding Monday that a Somali torture claim lacked a "sufficient nexus" with the US to allow jurisdiction under the Alien Tort … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The German Cabinet [official website] approved new asylum laws on Wednesday in response to the hundreds of thousands of refugees [CFR backgrounder] that have entered the country since the beginning of 2015. The bill [press release] will speed up asylum procedures and related legal appeals and will bar entry into … [read more]

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