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Student Commentary
17 Dec 2015
by Duke M. Truong of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Duke M. Truong of the Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the issues the US is facing in accepting Syrian refugees in fear of terrorist attack... Eighty-one percent of Americans see a major terrorist attack as likely following the Paris massacres on November 13, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker, former Professor at the American University of Paris, discusses the European Union's Immigration and Asylum Policy ... "The challenge to the European project today is existential. The refugee crisis has brought that to light. What was unimaginable before now becomes imaginable, namely the disintegration of … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the Fifth Amendment [text] protects the right of insider trading suspects to withhold the passcodes to their business cell phones. Defendants were under investigation by the Securities and Exchange … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday issued a ruling in Heller v. District of Columbia [text, PDF], ultimately upholding six and striking down four controversial elements of the Firearms Registration Amendment Act (FRA) and the Firearms Amendment Act of 2012 … [read more]

Legal News
6 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

Mexico Federal District Attorney General Rodolfo Rios Garza announced Wednesday that police have arrested a man suspected of murdering photojournalist Rueben Espinosa and four women last week [JURIST report]. The suspect, whose identity was not released, was found [Yukatan Times report] by linking a fingerprint discovered at the apartment where … [read more]

Legal News
5 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that police may obtain historical cell phone tower location information from third-party businesses without a search warrant. Quartavius Davis was convicted for committing seven separate armed robberies between August and October 2010 in South … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Feb 2015
by Christen Giannaros of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Jenna Decker

JURIST Guest Columnist Christen Giannaros, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the twelfth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Giannaros discusses the Fourth Amendment rights violations implicit in DNA collection upon arrest...In 2010, Alonzo … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the District of Columbia's right to deny concealed carry permits to individuals for failure to show good cause. The complaint names the city and Cathy Lanier, Police Chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Jan 2015
by Danielle Ardner of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Danielle Ardner, Valparaiso University Law School, Class of 2016, discusses the lawsuit filed by district attorneys from San Francisco and Los Angeles regarding the safety of Uber ... On Tuesday, December 9th, district attorneys from San Francisco and Los Angeles filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Uber, … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Dec 2014
by Danielle Ardner of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Danielle Ardner, Valparaiso University Law School, Class of 2016, discusses how Cleveland police are obstructing Ohio's mandatory DNA collection law...It was 15 years before serial rapist and murderer Larry McGowan had his DNA properly collected in Ohio as mandated by law. McGowan is currently serving an 11-year … [read more]

Legal News
1 Nov 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the 2nd Judicial District of Virginia [official website] on Thursday ruled that police can force criminal suspects to unlock their cell phones with a fingerprint scanner to allow officers to open and search them. Officers may not, however, compel suspects to give up their phone pass … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jul 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] US Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. [official profile] on Saturday ruled that the District of Columbia law prohibiting the carrying of pistols in public is unconstitutional. It is reported [Washinton Post report] that Judge Scullin issued an order addressed to the city and police department to end the … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Kansas state legislature [official website] approved a bill [HB 2578] on Saturday that would establish statewide firearm possession regulations and nullify city and county variances on gun permitting restrictions. The bill would also restrict local governments from imposing rules on how guns must be stored and transported, and … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday rejected constitutional challenges against a new Maryland firearm law that went into effect the same day. The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 [SB 281, PDF] limits certain assault weapons and removable magazines and requires safety training and fingerprint for potential buyers. While the recent … [read more]

Legal News
28 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Several Maryland residents, gun store owners and gun rights advocates have filed two lawsuits and a restraining order Thursday [complaint, PDF] and Friday in the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] to block the implementation of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 [legislative materials] on … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

Under the auspices of combating terror, the Bush administration took many steps following 9/11 that according to some have curtailed civil rights. Chief among these was the passage of the USA Patriot Act of 2001, which was signed by Bush on October 26, 2001. The original legislation contained 10 titles … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Maryland v. King [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that police may collect DNA samples from individuals arrested and charged with serious crimes. The respondent in the case, Alonzo King, challenged the validity of Maryland's DNA Collection Act [text, PDF] after … [read more]

Legal News
5 Apr 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [official website] on Thursday gave final approval to a bill [text] that imposes tougher restrictions on obtaining a license to buy a firearm and bans certain types of rifles. Scheduled to go into effect October 1 of this year, the new law will limit magazines to … [read more]

Legal News
1 Mar 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [official website] on Thursday approved a gun control bill [SB 281 materials] that imposes tougher restrictions on obtaining a license to buy a firearm. The Senate voted 28-19 [materials] in favor of the bill that would require residents to submit to fingerprinting, training and background checks … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases [JURIST report] on Tuesday. In Maryland v. King [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether the Fourth Amendment [text] permits states to collect DNA samples from individuals charged with serious crimes, as allowed … [read more]

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