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Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US district court on Wednesday sentenced [press release] former North Carolina State Assembly member Stephen Laroque to 24 months in prison for embezzling [LII backgrounder] hundreds of thousands of dollars from a non-profit he ran. Last January Laroque plead guilty to taking money from East Carolina Development Co., … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge issued a court order [order, PDF] on Thursday that all Louisiana officials must grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples [JURIST news archive]. The order, issued by Judge Martin Feldman [official profile] of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website], specifically requires … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] BP [official website] on Thursday reached a settlement that will require the company to pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages to settle all claims regarding the 2010 Gulf oil spill [JURIST news archive]. The agreement, the largest corporate settlement in US history, will add to the $43.8 billion … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] on Wednesday issued an order [ruling, PDF] that all Alabama counties must abide by a Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage. The order says that state probate judges may not discriminate against same-sex couples … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Thursday in Brumfield v. Cain [SCOTUSblog materials] that a man who was convicted in 1993 for killing a police officer in Louisiana is entitled to have a new hearing to determine if he is mentally disabled, making him ineligible … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The New York Senate [official website] on Monday passed a medical marijuana bill [materials] that would expedite access to marijuana for emergency medical purposes. The bill, passed [Capital report] by a Republican-led Senate in a 50-12 vote, would allow people with "progressive and degenerative" diseases or whose lives are … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The North Carolina House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a law that would allow some court officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages [JURIST backgrounder] based on their religious beliefs, overriding a veto [JURIST report] by Governor Pat McCroy [official website]. The law requires that officials who … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment] Thursday that a law restricting the medical use of marijuana to smoking the dried plant was unconstitutional. Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act [text], smoking marijuana for medical purposes was permitted, but uses of the plant's extracts in other … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Louisiana House of Representatives [official website] approved a medical marijuana bill [legislative materials] on Thursday and sent the bill as amended back to the Senate for concurrence. The Senate previously approved the bill that seeks to provide a legal way to supply therapeutic marijuana to patients who need … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] vetoed legislation [SB 2 summary] Thursday that would allow officials to avoid performing same-sex marriages. The bill, which would permit court officials and magistrates to avoid any marriage duties if they have a sincere religious objection, was passed on Thursday by both … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Louisiana legislatures on Tuesday rejected a religious objections bill that was pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal [official website]. A House legal committee voted 10-2 [AP report] to kill the bill, ending weeks of serious debate. However, in an effort to solicit Christian conservatives for his likely presidential bid in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Apr 2015
by John D. Bessler of University of Baltimore School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage of lethal injection … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The court heard two-and-half hours of oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges [SCOTUSblog materials], which was consolidated with three other cases. The first question [argument audio; transcript, PDF] before the court was … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Apr 2015
by Gregory S. Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief [text, PDF; press release] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged [amicus brief, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday over how to apply the court's 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia [Oyez Project summary], which decided that capital punishment for mentally handicapped individuals was considered cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. In Brumfield v. Cain … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Indiana Governor Mike Pence [official website] signed House Bill 1065 [legislative materials, text] into law Tuesday to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs before they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website]. The bill, approved by the Senate [JURIST report] last week, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases on Monday. In Montgomery v Louisiana [docket], the court was asked [cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether, in light of Miller v. Alabama [docket; JURIST report], collateral review is due retroactively to those sentenced to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US government on Friday appealed a federal court ruling that reduced the potential liability BP [corporate website] faces under the Clean Water Act [text, PDF] in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill [JURIST backgrounder]. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern … [read more]

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