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Legal News
22 hours ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] the indictment of US Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) [official website] for his alleged role in a racketeering conspiracy. Fattah, along with four of his associates, were charged in a 29-count indictment including crimes such as bribery, … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Los Angeles City Council [official website] on Tuesday passed [roll call] an ordinance [text, PDF] banning high-capacity gun magazines. The new rule will take effect in one year and provides a 60-day widow to allow citizens to legally turn over their high-capacity magazines. According to the new ordinance, … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a California ban [AB 376 text] on the sale of shark fins, which makes it "unlawful for a person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin" in the state. The plaintiffs … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Devin Montgomery

China's Qingdao Maritime Court on Monday ruled that a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil [corporate websites] for a 2011 oil spill can proceed. The suit was brought by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation [official website, in Chinese; press release, in Chinese] and it the … [read more]


Legal News
4 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
5 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs on Saturday urged [press release] those involved on all sides of the South Sudan conflict to end their fighting and make peace in the interest of protecting innocent civilians. Stephen O'Brien's statements came at the end of a four day trip to … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Sarah Boehme

The Migration Policy Institute [official website] released a report [text] on Thursday finding that the Obama administration's new policies that will protect up to 87 percent of undocumented immigrants in the United States from facing deportation. The report stated that the total number of deportations is estimated to drop by … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Obama Administration confirmed Wednesday in a press briefing [transcript] that they are drafting a plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] before President Barack Obama's [official profile] time in office runs out. President Obama has been promising since his inception as President to close … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Wednesday suspended the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes.The suspension of the trial is reportedly [AFP report] due to the need for court appointed attorneys to prepare Habré's … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Jul 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US on Monday completed the re-opening [press release, PDF] of diplomatic ties with Cuba by converting the standing US Interests Section into the US Embassy Havana [official website]. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba was first announced [JURIST report] by President Barack Obama [official … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Monday began the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes. Habré, who ruled Chad from 1982-1990, denies the charges calling the proceedings a "farce" [BBC report]. But human rights … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] and county officials in Phoenix on Wednesday agreed to settle [press release] parts of a discrimination lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office [official website] in 2012. The DOJ filed charges against the Sheriff's Office for discriminatory practices in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN International Commission Against Impunity [official website, in Spanish] reported [report, in Spanish] that approximately a quarter of the money used for Guatemalan political campaigns is from criminal groups. The main criminal group being drug traffickers. The report also indicated that government contractors themselves contribute to more than … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

After suicide bombings last Sunday in Fotokol by two women wearing burkas, Northern Cameroon on Wednesday banned women from wearing burkas and face-covering veils. The suicide bombers smuggled the bombs into public areas by hiding them under their veils. The attack, initiated by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder], … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused [press release] Syria's main Kurdish militia of violating the child soldier ban. The militia has been the main force for combating the Islamic State group within the country, and has made progress in capturing land in northern Syria. The United … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter [official profile] released a statement [press release] on Monday announcing the comprehensive plan of the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] to move in the direction of allowing transgender troops to serve in the military. The DOD has ordered a six-month study … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Iranian Revolutionary Court [BBC backgrounder] began on Monday the third closed-door hearing [IRNA report] for Jason Rezaian [advocacy website], a Washington Post correspondent accused of espionage for allegedly collecting confidential information, handing it to hostile governments, and acting against national security. Rezaian, a dual US-Iranian citizen, has been … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Jul 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Ibero-American University

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Ibero-American University, discusses the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage in the US... The Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") issued its anticipated opinion on Obergefell v. Hodges [PDF]. Regardless of what your view on the decision might be, Obergefell v. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a 75-year-long policy prohibiting individuals, corporations or firms working under federal contracts from contributing to the campaigns of federal candidates, parties and committees. Plaintiffs in the case, three individuals who have … [read more]

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