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Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Bruce v. Samuels [SCOTUSblog materials] that the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) [materials, PDF] requires prisoners to pay filing fees on a per-case, not a per-prison basis. The particular question in the case was when a prisoner has … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Obama Administration on Tuesday volunteered [letter, PDF] to forego its right to respond to states' filings opposing the new immigration policy in exchange for an expedited process that would have the challenge decided this term. Following a February district court ruling in favor of the states, affirmed [orders, … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday over how to apply the court's 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia [Oyez Project summary], which decided that capital punishment for mentally handicapped individuals was considered cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. In Brumfield v. Cain … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Mar 2015
by Mary Margaret Penrose of Texas A&M University School of Law
edited by Joseph Macklin

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Margaret Penrose, of Texas A&M University School of Law, discusses the disarrayed nature of same-sex marriage law in the US today ... Molly Ivins, the renowned Texas satirist, once remarked, "The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly or quiet. It requires … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 [texts] went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the right to an abortion is neither … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 105 [text, PDF], a measure that would have required companies to label foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). According to preliminary results, the measure received only about 32 percent voter approval, with 68 percent opposed [Reuters report]. Supporters of the measure argued [Denver … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Robert Bracknell of
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, discusses ways to reform the military judicial system...For the past several years, the Department of Defense and the armed services have been thrashed by the media, victim interest groups, the civilian and military bars and Congress over military justice issues. Accusations … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday on individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and their interaction with bankruptcy. In Clark v. Rameker [transcript, PDF] the court will decide whether an inherited individual retirement account is exempt from a debtor's bankruptcy estate under Section 522 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Mar 2014
by Ramzi Kassem of CUNY School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Ramzi Kassem of the CUNY School of Law argues that a notice of warrantless wiretapping could lead to the reopening of criminal cases ...Late February brought some downright fascinating developments in the Agron Hasbajrami case. Hasbajrami had pleaded guilty in April 2012 before a federal judge in … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Maricopa County Superior Court [official website] on Friday ruled that Arizonans may use marijuana extracts for medical conditions. The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] filed the lawsuit [JURIST report] in October on behalf of the Welton family seeking a declaration that the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Merck & Co. [corporate website] agreed to pay $100 million to settle thousands of lawsuits concerning Merck's NuvaRing [official website] contraceptive device. The lawsuits allege [Bloomberg report] that NuvaRing potentially causes fatal blood clots. The settlement will provide an average payment of over $58,000 per case. This settlement is … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The trial of four Hezbollah [START backgrounder] members accused of perpetrating a terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] and 21 others in 2005 began [press release] Thursday before the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; UN backgrounder].The trial … [read more]


Features
1 Nov 2013
by Kyle Webster

Marijuana is illegal in the US under a variety of federal statutes that criminalize the production, distribution and possession of the substance for any purpose. Regardless, laws in 23 states, the District of Columbia and Guam permit for some legal use of the substance. This ranges from the legalization of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Monday on behalf of the Welton family seeking a declaration that the marijuana derivative used to treat five-year-old Zander Welton's epilepsy is permissible under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) [materials] and, … [read more]


Student Commentary
28 Aug 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist, Igor Shleypak, University of Illinois College of Law Class of 2014, discusses Detroit's bankruptcy, pension restructuring and how Chapter 9 bankruptcy may become a more viable option for local governments in financial trouble...Growing up in the Detroit area, there are constant reminders of the situation the Motor … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Judge Sally Shushan of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Wednesday ordered British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] to pay the third quarter and some fourth quarter expenses for the gulf oil spill claim administration program [official website website]. The budget and fees … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [official website] on Thursday signed [press release] House Bill 1 [text] into law, making Illinois the twenty-first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act is one of the strictest laws to do so, requiring users of the drug … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] US Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) [official website] on Thursday introduced a bill [press release] to address popular concerns about personal privacy and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [FJC summary]. If the bill is passed, the court will be presided over by judges that are nominated by the president and … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The invasion of Iraq was an initial military success and led to complete destruction of Saddam Hussein's regime. The military forces established the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) on April 21, 2003, citing UN Security Resolution 1483 as justification for its assumption of governmental control. Despite violence, the Interim Governing Council … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 Jun 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Ruthann Robson of the CUNY School of Law argues that requiring manufacturers to label clothing as "sweat-free" is feasible under the First Amendment...Buying a shirt is an ethically fraught endeavor. This is nothing new: the production of clothes has long been interwoven with slavery, indentured servitude, "wage … [read more]

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