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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
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
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
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]

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]

20 Jul 2013

Today, there are 32 states in the US that require voters to present identification at the polls in order to vote, including 17 states that have passed laws requiring a photo ID. Voter ID laws have become increasingly controversial as the 2012 presidential election approaches, precipitating legal challenges in several … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Hungarian government to revoke constitutional amendments that have recently come under fire for undermining the country's constitutional justice and for threatening the independence of the country's judiciary. Pillay's call to the Hungarian government … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Venice Commission [official website], a European rights commission, published a report [text, PDF] on Friday criticizing Hungary's recent amendments to its constitution. While the commission praised Hungary's efforts to strengthen it's rule of law, the report cited several concerns with the new constitution. The report criticized provisions of … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The UN special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights Magdalena Sepulveda [official profile] on Tuesday presented [press release] her annual report [materials] to the UN Human Rights Council. Sepulveda urged world governments to enable participation amongst persons living in poverty in decisions that affect their lives. She also … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Hungarian laws introduced by the ruling Fidesz [party website, in Hungarian] party in 2010 are undermining human rights, according to a report [text, PDF] published Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. According to HRW, the new constitution and laws are negatively affecting human rights and the rule … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] EU Commissioner of Justice Viviane Reding [official website] spoke out [statement] on Wednesday against Hungary's failure to reinstate judges and prosecutors who had been forced into early retirement. Last November the European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down [JURIST report] a Hungarian law that lowered the age of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Gabor Halmai of Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest says that the Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary undermines several constitutional rights and implicates the entire scheme of constitutionalism in Hungary...On February 26, 2013, Hungary's Constitutional Court issued a ruling striking down the law granting official designation … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2013
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts were critical [press release] of the Hungarian Parliament [official website] on Wednesday for passing an amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law [text, PDF] that criminalizes homelessness. Hungary is estimated to currently have 30,000 homeless individuals. The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Hungarian Parliament [official website, in Hungarian] on Monday approved controversial amendments [BBC backgrounder] to the country's constitution. The amendments, approved by a vote of 265-11, with 33 abstentions, include several provisions previously struck down by the country's Constitutional Court. The amendments limit that court's powers, define family relationships … [read more]

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