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Professional Commentary
2 Jul 2014
by Raymond Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses the case for Amnesty for soldiers with PTSD who received other than honorable discharges... The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan saw the participation of more than two million American service members. Over 6,500 died and … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday remanded [order list, PDF] Liberty University v. Geithner [docket; JURIST report] to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website]. The court ordered the lower court to re-consider the case in light of National Federation of Independent Business … [read more]


Student Commentary
30 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Olga Vlasova, Brooklyn Law School Class of 2013, is the Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow. She argues for prohibiting the death penalty for severely mentally ill offenders...According to Mental Health America, about 10 percent of all death row inmates suffer from a serious mental illness. Although a … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Sykes v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that fleeing after being ordered to stop is a violent felony within the meaning of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) [18 USC § 924(e)]. Delivering the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Nov 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Saroop Ijaz, an advocate before the Lahore High Court in Pakistan, says that if Pakistan is to function as a democracy and - equally significantly - to address the threat of extremism both at home and abroad, its blasphemy laws should be repealed... In June 2009 … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in two cases. In United States v. Comstock [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether Congress had the authority to enact certain provisions of the Adam … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The federal trial of a former US soldier accused of raping and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl [JURIST news archive] in 2006 began Monday. Former US Army Pfc. Steven Green [JURIST news archive] is also charged with killing the girl's family in Mahmudiya, Iraq. During Monday's opening statements, prosecutors … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Tuesday in Knowles v. Mirzayance [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a lawyer’s recommendation that a criminal defendant withdraw an insanity plea does not constitute ineffective assistance of counsel for purposes of a federal habeas claim. … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Tuesday in three cases. In Montejo v. Louisiana [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether an indigent defendant must affirmatively accept appointment of an attorney to invoke Sixth Amendment protection … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] A federal judge has rejected constitutional challenges to civilian charges against former US Army Pvt. Steven D. Green in connection with the rape and killing of a 14-year-old girl [JURIST news archives] and the killing of her family in Mahmudiya, Iraq (also "Mahmoudiya"). US District Judge Thomas Russell [official … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Former US Army Pfc. Steven D. Green [JURIST news archive] may raise an insanity defense at his scheduled 2009 civilian trial [JURIST report] for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl [JURIST news archive] and the murder of her family in Mahmudiya (also "Mahmoudiya"), according to two … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Oct 2007

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that the Bush administration's repeated insistence that it has not endorsed the torture of prisoners rings hollow in light of newly-disclosed US Department of Justice memos supporting the harshest techniques the CIA has ever used...The April 2004 publication … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] A federal judge began hearings Monday to decide whether John Hinckley, Jr. [PBS profile] should be given more freedom outside the mental hospital where he was sent after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Hospital … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2006
by Robert DeVries

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday held that mental retardation, like insanity, is a condition to be affirmatively proved by the defense in state death penalty cases. In a 5-2 ruling [text, PDF], the court overturned an August 2005 appeals court decision [PDF] that had placed the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] A lawyer for John W. Hinckley, Jr. [Wikipedia profile] argued Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] that the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981 [PBS backgrounder] should be allowed more time away from a mental institution. Late … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A Texas jury Wednesday found Andrea Yates [Chronicle coverage] not guilty by reason of insanity of drowning her five children in 2001. Yates will now be committed to a Texas mental hospital and will undergo periodic hearings to determine whether she will be eligible for release. Yates' attorney argued … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday upheld Arizona's law governing insanity defenses in criminal cases, ruling in Clark v. Arizona [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report] that the state's approach does not violate constitutional due process. In June 2000 at the age of 17, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday heard oral arguments in Clark v. Arizona [Duke law case backgrounder; merits briefs], 05-5966, a case in which the Court will decide the constitutionality of Arizona statutes governing insanity defenses in criminal cases. In June 2000 at the … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2005
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday granted a request by John W. Hinckley, Jr. [profile], who shot President Ronald Reagan and 3 others in 1981 [PBS report], for seven overnight visits with his parents in their home in Williamsburg, Virginia, 150 miles from Washington. Hinckley, who was found not guilty … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2005
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari in two cases, including one involving the insanity defense in criminal trials. In Clark v. Arizona, the Court will consider the constitutionality of an Arizona law that limits admission of evidence of a mental defect and prohibits the defense … [read more]

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