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11 Jun 2015
by Vanessa Griffith

The USA PATRIOT Act [text] was passed by the Senate 98-1 and 357-66 by the House, and signed into law by President George W. Bush [official biography] on October 26, 2001. This act was in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks [JURIST backgrounder] and was introduced to Congress in an … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Eight Republican and Democratic Senators on Thursday introduced legislation [press release] that would end US travel restrictions on Cuba. The legislation, which was introduced by Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake [official website], would also end financial transaction restrictions on travel between the two countries. The Senators who have backed … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Friday passed [bill status summary] a bill [text, PDF] that would make it legal for individuals to open the digital locks on their cellphones. The process, known as unlocking or jailbreaking, is currently illegal [text, PDF], punishable by fines of up … [read more]

Professional Commentary
19 Apr 2014
by Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch discusses the US use of landmines and the possibility of the US joining the Mine Ban Treaty... Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) [official websites] on Monday introduced a bill [press release] aimed at limiting frivolous patent lawsuits. The proposed legislation, known as the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 [S 1720, PDF], is designed to increase transparency in the US patent … [read more]

Student Commentary
24 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Aiello, LLB Candidate, University of London, considers foreign aid and how it applies to Egypt in a two-part series. Here, he examines whether or not the situation is a coup and how this affects foreign aid ...July 3, 2013 was a momentous day for Egyptians, but … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

On the day President Obama signed the legislation into law, several lawsuits were filed in federal courts nationwide challenging its constitutionality. These lawsuits raised many different arguments, but the central claims underlying all of the cases are enumerated below under Major Legal Arguments. Virginia was one of the first states … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Although not directly addressed in the imminent controversy of Arizona v. United States, issues of education and illegal immigration have confronted the US government for decades. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act was first introduced in 2001 by Senator Orrin Hatch and Congressman Chris Cannon. The basic … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Maxwell Slackman, George Mason University School of Law Class of 2014 discusses US Internet privacy standards, the economic ramifications of national security leaks and why the US should compete for foreign Internet consumers... Edward Snowden's recent leaks exposing the National Security Agency's (NSA) PRISM program have prompted … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of the Western New England School of Law says that the US must restrict aid to the Honduran government, so long as human rights abuses continue ...Honduras is plagued by the world's highest homicide rate. This has been widely reported for the past two years, … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] US authorities have engaged in the torture of detainees, and the nation's "highest officials" bear some of the responsibility, according to a report [text, PDF] released on Tuesday by the Constitution Project [advocacy website], a bi-partisan legal advocacy and watchdog group. The Task Force on Detainee Treatment [advocacy website] … [read more]

Legal News
30 Nov 2012
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [text, PDF] that would prevent police from searching emails and other electronic content without a warrant. Currently, under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act [text], law enforcement agents only need a warrant to access emails less than 6 … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] US Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) [official website; press release] on Monday released data from wireless carriers showing large increases in law enforcement agencies' requests for customer cell phone records. Last month Markey sent letters to nine cell phone companies [materials] requesting details about their policies and practices for sharing … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Criminal Court of the City of New York this week upheld a subpoena [order, PDF] forcing social networking site Twitter [corporate website] to turn over account information for one of its users. The District Attorney's office requested the user data to aid in the investigation of Malcolm Harris, … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Two leaders of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Monday sent a letter [text, PDF; press release] to Chief Justice Roberts of the Supreme Court [official website] asking that the court consider televising a live broadcast of its decision regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and … [read more]

Legal News
31 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF] released by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] concluded that two of the prosecutors involved in the 2008 trial of former senator Ted Stevens [JURIST news archive] acted recklessly in their management of evidence, leading to a failure to disclose crucial evidence to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Arthur Hellman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act significantly clarifies the law of federal court jurisdiction and venue but was passed after removing some beneficial but controversial provisions...Around this time of year, many newspapers publish articles … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Thursday voted to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST archive], marking the first time a Congressional group has voted to repeal the law banning same-sex marriage. The vote was split along party lines, with 10 Democrats voting in … [read more]

Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Casa de Maryland [advocacy website] immigrant rights group filed a challenge [brief] Monday to a public referendum over a Maryland law providing in-state tuition to undocumented college students. The group filed the challenge in the Maryland Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County [official website] after opponents of the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Jul 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law says that the most recent bombings in India and the furor over the "targeted killing" of Osama Bin Laden raise questions about US-Pakistani relations and places the legality of US aid to Pakistan into doubt...The world has been left … [read more]

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