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Legal News
2 days ago
by Devin Montgomery

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that it has imposed a record $105 million penalty against Fiat Chrysler [corporate website] for its failure to provide a remedy and notices for 23 recalls related to malfunctions of their automobiles. Defective suspension systems could … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 days ago
by Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School discusses the National Judicial Appointments Council...Over the past months, the political whirlwinds surrounding efforts by Narendra Modi's BJP government to change India's judicial appointments system have given way to a storm of constitutional contestation. Since 1993, India's top judges, including the … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Eleven Cambodia opposition members on Tuesday were sentenced to long-term prison terms for participating in July 2014 clashes related to the closing of a protest site. Three of the eleven individuals, all part of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) [official website], have been handed twenty year sentences [Phnom … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua [official website] said Monday that the country would not participate in Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] hearings [PCA press release] over a territory dispute with the Philippines. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South China Sea, that the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston discusses how the 2015 Kansas bill is a no-win situation for the people of Kansas... Constitutional litigation is, in a sense, politics by other means. Advocates of individual rights look to judges to be their knights, guardians against legislative … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 Jun 2015
by Sarah Lamdan of CUNY School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Lamdan of the CUNY School of Law discusses the urgent need for federal agencies to reform their records management and data preservation and search functions so that they are not crippled by FOIA requests for email account data and other types of Internet generated electronic records … [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
27 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged Cambodia to drop plans to revive [press release] a restrictive nongovernmental organizations (NGO) law. Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile] has reportedly said he would use the Law on Associations and Nongovernmental Organizations (LANGO) to "handcuff" non compliant groups. Brian … [read more]

Legal News
23 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch [official profile] to serve as Attorney General, establishing her as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department [official website]. Lynch was nominated by the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] 188 days prior on November … [read more]

Academic Commentary
13 Apr 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis and Clark Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin, of Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the effectiveness of TSA screening policies and how those policies affect our privacy rights...In the fall of 2001, I went on the market to become a law professor, and I was fortunate enough to do a fair amount … [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
7 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) [official website] on Tuesday issued an order to register a report against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 US drone attack that killed two tribesmen. The court's order was issued in response [Express Tribune report] to anti-drone activist … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Apr 2015
by Randall D. Eliason of George Washington University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Randall D. Eliason of the George Washington University Law School discusses DOJ's recent opposition to relaxed sentencing guidelines ... On March 12, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission held a public hearing on its annual proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. A number of the proposals concern … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that authorities at the Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detention center provide adequate medical care to Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the accused ringleader of the USS Cole bombing [JURIST report]. The defense claimed that Nashiri was unfit to stand trial due to inadequate … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Friday charged [press release] mid-ranking former Khmer Rouge [CTM backgrounder] cadre Ao An with crimes against humanity. The charges allege that An, 79, carried out crimes at an execution site and in two security centers during … [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
23 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Monday on the Cambodian government to act on criminal charges [press release] brought against former Khmer Rouge leaders. Earlier this month an international judge for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website, in Cambodian] charged two new suspects … [read more]

Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Florida [official website] on Thursday ordered re-sentencing hearings [opinion, PDF] for four individuals who were convicted of felonies as juveniles. The court ruled that new sentences must comply with two US Supreme Court [official website] decisions. One of which says juveniles cannot be sentenced to … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Cambodia's Parliament [official website] on Thursday passed two controversial new election laws that rights groups are criticizing as ill-conceived and potentially damaging to free speech. The laws represent a compromise between the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) [party websites, in Khmer] in an … [read more]

Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) [official website] on Sunday halted [video] the confirmation vote on Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch [official profile] until the Senate passes the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 [text]. The vote on bill came to a standstill when senators read … [read more]

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