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Legal News
6 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Judge Dolly Gee of the District Court for the Central District of California [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the current Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] method of detaining children with their mothers violates a 1997 court settlement. The settlement bars children from being detained in unlicensed … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Over a dozen states that have decided to expand Medicaid [official website] under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [official website] have seen enrollment numbers surge over recent months, raising concerns over state budgets as federal aid is set to reduce in two years. Lawmakers have warned that the price … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] on Tuesday brought a lawsuit [press release] asking a federal appeals court to review a National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] phone data surveillance program. The motion filed by the ACLU state stated that "today the government is continuing - after … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The US Justice Department Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) [official website] has found that the response by the Ferguson, Missouri police department escalated riots after Michael Brown's death last summer. The findings were in a draft report [St. Louis Dispatch report] obtained by the St. Louis Dispatch Tuesday. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] said [AI report] Thursday that all 50 US states fall below international standards on police use of lethal force. The report indicates that many states have no regulation on police use of lethal force or ones that fall below international standards. UN principles [text] on … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A US District Court judge on Friday approved an agreement between the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and the city of Cleveland that is intended to reform the city's police department. The agreement [JURIST report], a consent decree reached after five months of negotiation between attorneys for … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Florida [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [motion, PDF] Thursday challenging a Florida law [HB 633 materials] requiring women to visit a doctor and wait 24 hours before undergoing an abortion. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Reproductive Rights [advocacy websitew] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday in federal court to block part of a new Arizona law that requires doctors to tell patients that it may be possible to reverse a drug-induced … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the injunction against President Barack Obama's recent executive action on immigration [official website] should remain in effect pending appeal. Many of the initiatives, which would have provided relief from deportation to more than … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday announced a settlement [text, PDF; press release] with the Cleveland police department, which has agreed to adopt stringent standards over how and when its officers can use force. The results of a DOJ investigation [JURIST report] announced in December … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday expressed [UN report] disappointment in the inability of Member States to reach an agreement on a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, according to a UN spokesperson. The spokesperson released a statement [press release] at the conclusion of the 2015 Review Conference of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 May 2015
by Caroline Mala Corbin of University of Miami School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Caroline Mala Corbin, of University of Miami School of Law, discusses whether filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption is a substantial burden on religious liberty... Does filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption from a law constitute a substantial burden on religious … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Sitting en banc, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] overturned [opinion, PDF] a three-judge panel decision against Google [corporate website] that had required it to remove the controversial, anti-Islam Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder] video from its YouTube [media website] site. The court dissolved … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Monday announced a ban on federal transfers of certain military-style equipment to local police forces. The ban, recommended [text, PDF] by a task-force created [executive order] in January, includes tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, .50-caliber and higher ammunition, and some types of … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Monday reviewed the US human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Reviews, expressing concern [press release] over excessive use of force by law enforcement, racial discrimination, and minority rights, particularly for African Americans. Participating nations recommended the US eliminate … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US Attorney General Loretta Lynch [official website] on Friday announced [press release] the launch of a federal civil rights investigation into Baltimore's police. Authorities, Lynch said [AP report], would look for discriminating practices by police and begin to review allegations of unlawful searches, seizures and arrests as well as … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The State’s Attorney for Baltimore City on Friday charged six police officers [press release] with crimes including murder and manslaughter over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby [official profile] filed charges almost immediately upon receiving the medical … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] USA Executive Director Steven Hawkins on Tuesday urged Baltimore police [press release] to exercise restraint during protests, prioritize non-violent means and limit the use of force. The statement comes amid protests over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [ official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion PDF] that the Maricopa County Sherrif's Office [official website] and, specifically, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, engaged in practices of racial profiling in conducting traffic stops. The court found that the Sheriff's office was improperly … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Fukui District Court issued an injunction on Tuesday halting the restart of two nuclear reactors is Takahama, Japan. These reactors, operated by Kansai Electric Power [official website], met the basic safety guidelines set by Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) [official website, in English] and were scheduled to re-open … [read more]

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