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Legal News
20 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] on Monday signed into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [materials], limiting the ability of a woman to seek an abortion more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Proponents of the bill say it is designed to prohibit women from seeking an abortion … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Wisconsin State Senate [official website] on Tuesday passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [materials], limiting the ability of a woman to seek an abortion more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Proponents of the bill say it is designed to prohibit women from seeking an abortion that … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Mar 2014
by Angela Johnson of University of Notre Dame Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Angela Johnson, University of Notre Dame Law School Class of 2014, offers insight into the short per curiam decision in Stanton v. Sims issued by the US Supreme Court on November 4, 2013 which may have created a major hurdle for plaintiffs vindicating constitutional rights via §1983 … [read more]


Student Commentary
5 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Brendan Block, Saint Louis University School of Law Class of 2013, argues for exigency to apply to driving while intoxicated (DWI) suspects to allow for warrantless blood tests...After working in a southwest Missouri prosecutor's office last summer, I learned one of the harsh realities of DWI cases … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Saturday indicted seven people in the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. A senior officer and the former police chief of Rawalpindi, where the assassination took place, along with five militants, alleged members of the Pakistani … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Dane County Circuit Court [official website] Judge Maryann Sumi on Thursday voided [opinion, PDF; findings of fact, PDF] the Budget Repair Bill [Senate Bill 11 text, PDF], Wisconsin's controversial measure limiting the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions, for violating the state's open meeting rules. Sumi, the judge … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A Wisconsin legislative measure designed to curb the collective bargaining power of unions could become law as early as Saturday, despite an order [text; JURIST report] enjoining Wisconsin Secretary of State Douglas La Follette [official website] from publishing the legislation. The Budget Repair Bill [SB 11, text] was published … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2010
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] A Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) issued warrants on Saturday for the arrest of two police officers accused of failing to protect assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Special Judge of ATC Rana Nisar Ahmed Khan issued non-bailable warrants [Daily Times post] for the arrests … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] An independent UN commission has blamed the Pakistani government and police forces for the 2007 assassination [JURIST report] of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] in its investigatory report [text, PDF] released Thursday. According to the report, the Pakistani federal government "lacked a comprehensive security … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A three-member independent commission established by the UN to investigate the assassination [JURIST report] of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] will begin its work on July 1, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] announced [text; press release] Friday. The commission, anticipated since … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 May 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that the US Supreme Court's ruling in Ashcroft v. Iqbal suggests that the Court may be trying to set up a system wherein lower level officials can be held criminally liable for carrying out orders administered … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Friday rejected an attempt by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] to have US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] removed … [read more]


Professional Commentary
7 Feb 2009

Matt Belcher [Belcher Law Office, Chicago]: "As the "Governor Rod" story ends (for the time being) I wonder if "Citizen Rod" - the future "Defendant please rise Rod" - ever looks in the mirror and wonders how this all happened. It is a fascinating story - almost Chi-town Dostoevsky.The average … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Impeachment proceedings [materials] began Monday in the Illinois State Senate [official website] against Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website; JURIST news archive], who is boycotting the proceedings. Blagojevich and his lawyers [JURIST report] have refused to attend the proceedings, claiming that Senate procedures are biased and will deny Blagojevich his … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued decisions in five cases Wednesday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Pearson v. Callahan [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the test for whether a government official is entitled to qualified immunity, established by the Court in 2001 … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A committee of the Illinois House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend the impeachment [report, PDF] of Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website; JURIST news archive]. The committee was appointed [JURIST report] last month to gather evidence and testimony regarding the charges [complaint, PDF] against Blagojevich. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
29 Dec 2008

Matt Belcher [Belcher Law Office, Chicago]: "If it weren't so gallingly embarrassing to the city of Big Shoulders, I would just laugh off the (alleged) Blagojevich exploits as another operatic example of the machine politics of the "Chicago way." For those of you not versed in the "Chicago way" please … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald Tuesday asked the Illinois House of Representatives [official website] to limit its impeachment inquiry [JURIST report] into Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website] and avoid looking into the criminal charges [complaint, PDF] against him. Fitzgerald warned that an inquiry into the criminal charges could … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Tuesday in two cases. In Entergy Corp. v. EPA [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act [text, PDF] authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Oct 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Deborah Brake of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that important choices about our constitutional structure and the relationship between statutory and constitutional rights are at stake in Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee, one of the lesser noticed cases on this term's US Supreme Court … [read more]

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