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Legal News
1 day ago
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Attorneys for Jonathan Pollard [official website] announced Tuesday their client was granted parole [statement] by three members of the Parole Commission. Pollard is a former Navy intelligence analyst convicted of conspiracy to deliver classified information to Israel on November 21, 1985. Pollard claimed he learned [advocacy backgrounder] the US … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Wednesday announced new rules [fact sheet, PDF] requiring cities and towns to address racial disparities in their housing practices. The new rules, announced at a press conference in Chicago by Secretary Julian Castro [official profile] of the US Department of Housing and Urban … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project [SCOTUSblog materials] that Texas's biggest housing subsidy has been reinforcing segregated housing. The project claimed that even if Texas did not treat minority applicants … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US Court of Federal Claims [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the Federal Reserve [official website] bailout of AIG [corporate website] in 2008 exceeded its authority but did not award any damages. The suit was brought by former AIG CEO Maurice Greenberg and claimed that the Federal … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Four former Serbian secret service agents pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Monday relating to the 1999 slaying of journalist Slavko Curuvija [b92 report]. Curuvija, an outspoken critic of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic [Telegraph profile], was shot and killed outside his apartment in an assassination planned by … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing [official profile] called [press release] Tuesday on the Serbian government to take immediate action to improve the current housing crisis that has left many Serbian citizens without adequate housing. While Serbia boasts a high rate of homeownership due to … [read more]


Professional Commentary
8 May 2015
by Mark Allenbaugh of Allenbaugh Law

JURIST Guest Columnists Alan Ellis and Mark H. Allenbaugh, discuss the US Sentencing Commission votes for fundamental fixes to the US Sentencing Guidelines ... On April 9, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission voted to fundamentally fix some portions of the US Sentencing Guidelines that have been in need of addressing … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Somali government officials evicted [HRW report] thousands of displaced people from Mogadishu in early March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated Monday. The Somali government order stated that people were to be evicted from a 600-650 meter section of Mogadishu within a week. Security forces reportedly beat residents … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

UN rights experts warned [press release] the EU on Monday that repression of irregular migration cannot be the only solution to the recurrent grave problem of masses of people drowning at sea. The experts said they were encouraged by the decision to hold an EU summit on the issue and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes [official website] Baskut Tuncak on Wednesday called on [press release] Kazakhstan [BBC backgrounder] to increase protections for individuals who live in toxic areas within the country. Tuncak was on an a 14-day mission, during which he visited several … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] US District Judge Jon Tigar [official profile] for the Northern District of California issued a decision [opinion, PDF] on Thursday ordering the California Department of Corrections to grant a transgender inmate's sex reassignment surgery. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy began living as a woman in the 1990s while in state prison, where … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Arkansas House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved a controversial bill [HB 1228, PDF] intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses.Those supporting the Republican-backed bill say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far with … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Arkansas Senate [official website] on Friday approved a controversial bill [bill backgrounder] intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses. Those supporting the Republican-backed say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far with the law and … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill [SB 101] that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence [official website], who is … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral argument [transcript, PDF] on Tuesday in a pair of consolidated cases involving a dispute over federal bankruptcy laws brought by Bank of America (BOA). The cases, Bank of America, NA v. Caulkett and Bank of America, NA v. Toledo-Cardona [SCOTUSblog dockets], … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] gave final approval Friday to a $970.5 million settlement for shareholders of the insurance giant American International Group (AIG) to settle claims [NYT documents] that shareholders were misled about the subprime mortgage exposure … [read more]


Features
21 Mar 2015

On February 14, 2012, then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 13 [PDF] into law. It amended Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to include a fee for individuals or corporations extracting natural gas from geologic formations such as Marcellus Shale. The purpose of the act was to encourage stronger … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Monday in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) [text, PDF] federal agencies are exempt from notice-and-comment requirements when amending or repealing interpretive rules. In 2006 the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] and delegates from Pacific island nations met Friday to discuss [press release] the impact of climate change on human rights. Many of the panelists agreed that climate change would impede on the right to self-determination of the people of the islands and … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [official website] on Thursday reported [UN News Centre report] that ongoing blockages restricting movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza have "undermined" the living conditions of nearly two million Palestinians. The OCHA reports that the restrictions, … [read more]

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