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Legal News
3 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Monday said [AI report] the discovery of 129 bodies in the southern state of Guerrero "confirms what we had already found: the sheer magnitude of the crisis of enforced disappearances in Guerrero and elsewhere in Mexico is truly shocking." The 129 bodies were … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Kenya and other African countries to provide for the equal treatment of gay and lesbian people at a press conference [statement, video] with the president of Kenya, Uhuru [official website]. The Obama Administration [official website] has said it is committed to … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A Mexican federal official on Friday announced that seven of those who were being questioned regarding the prison escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman [US State Department backgrounder] have been formally arrested. Originally sentenced for conspiracy to distribute and import cocaine, Guzman escaped Mexico's highest security prison, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Miguel Agustin Pro human rights center [official website] in Mexico on Thursday announced that there is evidence that high-ranking Mexican officers gave soldiers orders to kill criminals prior to an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members in June 2014. The military documents indicate [AP report] that the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 286-138 [roll call] to approve a trade law that provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs to international trade and renews President Barack Obama's authority to negotiate trade deals on behalf of the country. It also establishes programs to increase … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Mexico's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] has declared it unconstitutional for Mexican states to ban same-sex marriages. The court's June 3 ruling, made public this week, is considered a "jurisprudential thesis" [AP report] and does not invalidate any state laws making it necessary for same-sex couples to seek … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] some of the strictest parts of a Texas abortion law, which could cause the majority of the state's abortion clinics to close, leaving only seven open. The decision allows the state to require … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Friday upheld [judgment; press release, PDF] a French court's decision allowing Vincent Lambert the right to die, stating it did not violate article 2 of European Convention on Human Rights. Lambert was in a car accident seven years ago … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The California Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 23-14 to approve a controversial right to die bill [SB 128 materials]. The bill would protect doctors who aide individuals with terminal conditions in dying. The bill's impact is limited to patients who pass a mental competency test are have less … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

An appeals court in New York [official website] on Wednesday granted a law license [opinion] to an immigrant who was brought to the US illegally as a child. Cesar Vargas was brought to the US from Mexico by his mother when he was 5 years old. He attended college and … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] on Friday ordered [press release, in Spanish] a school and teacher to compensate a student for their role in bullying, ruling that the teacher encouraged it. The private school, known as Universal Truth and Science Institute, and the teacher have … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that the Government of Paraguy "failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence" [press release] towards a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant. According to the experts, the girl has not been given treatments that could "save … [read more]


Professional Commentary
7 May 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the benefits of religious freedom to liberty protections ... Listening carefully to objections to state religious freedom laws, two assumptions emerge that are demonstratively false. Those who assert them should weigh their implications carefully and reconsider their opposition to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 May 2015
by Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporadic media attention, the right for a terminally-ill person to … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Santa Monica, California, city ordinance [municipal code] prohibiting unattended exhibits in Palisades Park, deciding against the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee [advocacy website]. The committee had been granted a "winter display" exception … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A South African judge ruled Thursday that a terminally ill man has a right to assisted suicide with no legal or professional consequences for the participating doctor. Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa, and the decision is the first of its kind. With the support of DignitySA [advocacy website], … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Mexican Congress [official website, in Spanish] approved legislation on Thursday that gives the public access to data from almost all institutions that receive government funding. The legislation passed the lower house of Congress [AP report] 264-68 and will go to the president for his signature. President Enrique Peña … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The California Senate Committee on Health [official website] on Wednesday approved legislation [SB 128] that would allow physicians to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths. The approval of SB 128 comes after two failed attempts to pass similar legislation. The measure must … [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]

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