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Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Lawyers for Bowe Bergdahl filed a petition [text, PDF] with the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals asking for the public release of unclassified documents that were admitted into evidence in a public preliminary hearing last week. In 2009 Bowe Bergdahl, then a Sergeant in the US Army, was … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US military on Wednesday charged [official website] former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place." If convicted, Bergdahl could be demoted, dishonorably … [read more]

Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Senate Armed Services committee [official website] narrowly advanced a bill [text, PDF] on Thursday that would prevent most detainee transfers out of Guantanamo until after President Barack Obama leaves office. The White House has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte [official website] … [read more]

17 Jan 2015
by Allison Hall

The US Senate started its investigation of the CIA's post 9/11 detention and interrogation methods over five years ago. The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reviewed over 6 million CIA documents and heard substantial testimony over the course of the investigation. The Senate concluded in its nearly 6,700 page … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A group of US senators on Tuesday proposed legislation [text, PDF] that would place a moratorium on the releases or transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard Burr touted [press release] the new bill as the best course of action … [read more]

Professional Commentary
24 Apr 2014
by Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Stephanie Kogut

JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the significance of the Supreme Court's future ruling in the birth control mandate contained with the Affordable Care Act Imagine that you are a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and opposed to the slaughtering of … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2014
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] In a speech [transcript] Friday, US President Barack Obama [official website] announced detailed plans to change surveillance policy, curbing the abilities of intelligence agencies to collect and use American phone data. Reform to the program entails a handful of initiatives outlined by Obama, focusing on additional oversight, transparency, and … [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 Zachariah Rivenbark

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), also known as the McCain-Feingold Act, is a federal law that amended FECA, changing the nature of campaign finance, specifically in the realm of soft money. FECA had previously been amended to limit individual contributions and expenditures by individuals and groups. As … [read more]

Student Commentary
25 Jun 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Sabrina Ramirez, Barry University School of Law, Class of 2014, discusses the new immigration reform and the Hispanic vote's impact on the reform... The Immigration Bill Immigration reform, a highly politicized topic, polarizes the country in two factions; those that support freer immigration policies versus those that … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Tuesday approved S. 744 [text], an immigration reform bill. The bill, entitled the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, is intended to help create a 13-year path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million current undocumented immigrants, contingent upon strengthening … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] A group of eight senators from both parties released a framework [text, PDF] Monday of comprehensive immigration [JURIST backgrounder] reform legislation that they plan to introduce by March. The framework focuses on four "pillars" that the legislation will include: creating a path to citizenship for current unauthorized immigrants, contingent … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jun 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] The New York State Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday that New York City is not contractually obligated to carry on with the current rent subsidy program available for the formerly homeless. The Legal Aid Society [advocacy website] sued the city [Reuters report] on behalf … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday passed a bill [S 2052 text, PDF] that is designed to affirm the rights of homeless individuals and prevent discrimination. The "Homeless Bill of Rights" was passed to ensure that "no person should suffer unnecessarily or be subject to unfair discrimination based on … [read more]

Legal News
24 May 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A Pakistani doctor was sentenced to 33 years in prison Wednesday for helping the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] locate Osama Bin Laden [JURIST news archive]. After a trial lasting two months during which Shakeel Afridi was not afforded the opportunity to defend himself, a tribal court convicted … [read more]

Professional Commentary
23 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Sasan Fayazmanesh, Professor Emeritus of Economics at California State University, Fresno, says that President Obama's latest sanctions against Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program are part of an escalating trend in US foreign policy that began in the 1980s...On February 6, 2012, President Obama intensified US … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says that the ongoing posthumous prosecution of former lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is a violation of the rule of law and a mark of shame against the Russian judicial system...In 897 AD in what was called "the Cadaver Synod," Pope … [read more]

Legal News
18 Dec 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The US handed over the last detainee in Iraq, Ali Mussa Daqduq, to Iraqi authorities on Friday as part of the end of the Iraq War [JURIST backgrounder]. Daqduq allegedly has links to Hezbollah [JURIST news archive] and is accused of planning a raid in 2007 which resulted in … [read more]

Legal News
17 Nov 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The Senate Armed Services Committee [official website] on Wednesday finally agreed on a controversial detainee provision of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 [SB 1867, PDF] that governs the handling and prosecuting of suspected al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] detainees. The provision, which was approved by a 26-0 vote … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Patricia DeGennaro, International Affairs Specialist and Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute, says that the recent killing of Muammar Gaddafi sets a dangerous precedent of deposing dictators through military force over diplomatic efforts..."We came, we saw, he died," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in one … [read more]

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