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Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday that restrictions on where sex offenders may live violates the parolees' constitutional rights. This decision addresses Jessica's Law [Proposition 83, materials], the voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where … [read more]

Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo [ICC case materials] made her her first appearance before a domestic court Monday, questioning charges against her. Gbagbo is on trial for her role in the violence following the disputed 2010 election between her husband, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara [BBC backgrounder]. … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the EU for refusing to take action to address Hungary's alleged problematic laws and practices regarding human rights since the European Commission enacted a "rule of law" measure [text, PDF] in March 2014. This measure was created to … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday welcomed a decision [press release] by the government of the Netherlands to offer aid to municipalities that provide emergency shelter to homeless migrants. The UN experts described the decision as a welcome change from the Netherlands' refusal to support those … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [official website] on Friday criticized [press release, PDF] Israel for unlawfully demolishing Palestinian homes in West Bank and East Jerusalem this week. OCHA indicates that over the past three days, 77 Palestinians have been made homeless as a result … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still homeless as a result of government policy failures, forced evictions and failed short-term relief solutions, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF; press release] Thursday. According to the report, the influx … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a petition filed [Haaretz report] by eight human rights groups and four Israeli families against a policy of demolishing terrorists' homes . The four families' homes in east Jerusalem all have impending demolition orders. The attorney for the organizations argued the policy, Section … [read more]

Legal News
28 Dec 2014
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The trial against former first lady of the Ivory Coast, Simone Gbagbo, began on Friday in Abidjan for her role in the violence that resulted from the aftermath of the 2010 elections. She is charged with "attempting to undermine the security of the state" [BBC report] for her support … [read more]

Legal News
25 Nov 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Israeli government's use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two UN human rights experts urged Tuesday [press release], adding that the practice, which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, is … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2014
by Megan Miller

[JURIST] Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and Jamaican police. The … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 Jun 2014
by Linda Tashbook of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Linda Tashbook of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the constitutionality of the Los Angeles law prohibiting the use of a vehicle for living quarters... Nothing offends constitutional sensibilities quite like a local ordinance that sets police against poor people as a way of cleaning-up … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] a 31-year-old Los Angeles law which prohibits people from living out of their vehicles. Prior to the decision from the federal appeals court, the act of using a vehicle "as living quarters … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Mar 2014
by Zachary Heiden of American Civil Liberties Union of Maine

JURIST Guest Columnist Zachary L. Heiden, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, says that the Portland, Maine ordinance banning anyone from standing, sitting or loitering in any median strip is a content-based restriction that fails to comply with the First Amendment...In Cutting v. City of Portland … [read more]

15 Nov 2013

Federal courts have deliberated a surfeit of cases implicating the Establishment Clause and recent contests have focused on both the relationships between private groups exercising religious customs and government action and possible endorsement. As evinced by this snapshot of recent developments, the federal courts questions pertaining to various religious practices … [read more]

Legal News
16 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A Budapest prosecutor on Wednesday charged Bela Biszku, former leader of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party (MSZMP) [party website, in Hungarian], with war crimes. The charges stem from when Biszku was a member of the party's Temporary Executive Committee after the failed revolution in 1956 [BBC backgrounder]. The committee … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Hungarian Parliament [official website] on Monday passed a law that allows municipalities to prohibit sleeping in public places, effectively criminalizing homelessness. The law permits [AFP report] local authorities to declare areas prohibited for homeless people and evict those living in huts or shacks near the city. Punishment for … [read more]

Student Commentary
28 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Ginger Grimes, University of California, Irvine School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the recent announcement by the Department of Justice regarding veteran same-sex couples benefits and advocates that the place of celebration rule should be adopted...Last month, a federal district court in California struck down [PDF] … [read more]

Legal News
18 Sep 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] expressed concern on Wednesday over recent changes to the Hungarian constitution, highlighting a lack of resolve over issues surrounding weakened human rights protections in the country. After voting to adopt the amendments on Monday, HRW called the changes "largely cosmetic," accusing [press release] … [read more]

Legal News
30 Aug 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] State secretary at the Justice Ministry of Hungary Robert Repassy announced on Thursday that the government is proposing new constitutional amendments to reduce criticism over its 2012 constitutional amendments [BBC backgrounder]. Repassy stated that the amendments would contain [AP report] new rules on the recognition of religious groups, as … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the Michigan law criminalizing begging is unconstitutional because it violates free speech rights. A person convicted under the Depression-era law is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 … [read more]

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