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Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [official profile, in French] on Wednesday issued an emergency plan [press release] to combat the ethic driven civil unrest in the southern city of Ghardaia. It is reported [AP report] that 22 people have died due the violence exhibited within the region by rival gangs. The … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

Russia's Federation Council [official website, in Russian] on Wednesday announced [statement, PDF, in Russian; press release, in Russian] it plans to add 12 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to a list of groups that will be investigated for undermining the government. The so-called "patriotic stop-list" includes [RT report] National Democratic Institute for … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Jul 2015
by Wesley Oliver of Duquesne University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Wesley Oliver of Duquesne University School of Law discusses the Amnesty International Report condemning US for police use of force... Amnesty International last week harshly criticized the US for not providing standards strictly limiting the use of lethal force by police to those occasions when no other … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Jun 2015
by Adam Al-Sarraf of US Department of Commerce

JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Al-Sarraf, International Program Specialist at the United States Department of Commerce, discusses Iraq's new commercial court... Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the US Department of … [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]


Academic Commentary
9 Jun 2015
by Sarah Lamdan of CUNY School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Lamdan of the CUNY School of Law discusses the urgent need for federal agencies to reform their records management and data preservation and search functions so that they are not crippled by FOIA requests for email account data and other types of Internet generated electronic records … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A panel of appeals judges for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday affirmed a ruling [judgment, PDF] that allows a case against former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo [ICC case materials] to go forward to trial. Gbagbo is accused of multiple crimes against humanity including … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the injunction against President Barack Obama's recent executive action on immigration [official website] should remain in effect pending appeal. Many of the initiatives, which would have provided relief from deportation to more than … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The government of Peru on Saturday declared a two-month period of martial law in the southern state of Arequipa where residents are protesting the construction of a copper mine. Being under martial law allows police to enter homes without search warrants, as well as to break up protests and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
8 May 2015
by Mark Allenbaugh of Allenbaugh Law

JURIST Guest Columnists Alan Ellis and Mark H. Allenbaugh, discuss the US Sentencing Commission votes for fundamental fixes to the US Sentencing Guidelines ... On April 9, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission voted to fundamentally fix some portions of the US Sentencing Guidelines that have been in need of addressing … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A new Washington, DC, law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their reproductive decisions will take effect on Saturday despite a Thursday House vote to strike down the law. The late vote [WP report] by the divided US House of Representatives [official website] this … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that courts have authority to review whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) [official website] has fulfilled its duty under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 [text] to attempt conciliation. Additionally, the court ruled that the appropriate … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Wednesday restricted [press release, PDF] bans on blood donations from homosexual men. Since 1983, France automatically and permanently banned blood donations from all men who had ever had sex with another man, calling it a measure of safety against spreading … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday threw out [order list, PDF] a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers. The case, Dickson v. Rucho [SCOTUSblog materials], was remanded to the Supreme Court of North Carolina [official website] for further consideration … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin [official website] on Friday signed into law a bill [HB 1879, PDF] that allows for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court [official website], or if the drugs become unavailable. Under this new method, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early … [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
10 Apr 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Oklahoma state senate [official website] passed a bill [HB 1879, PDF] on Thursday that would allow for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court [official website], or if the drugs become unavailable. If signed by Governor Mary … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] on Thursday strongly condemned [press release] the continuous airstrikes on an airport in the western town of Zintan, claiming the attacks pose danger to civilians and are undermining efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis. Neither the rebels … [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]

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