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Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a group of former top US officials may be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees held for minor immigration violations after the events of September 11 [JURIST backgrounder]. In … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

Under the auspices of combating terror, the Bush administration took many steps following 9/11 that according to some have curtailed civil rights. Chief among these was the passage of the USA Patriot Act of 2001, which was signed by Bush on October 26, 2001. The original legislation contained 10 titles … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), a California State Senator celebrates his state's ban on reparative therapy, and decries a court's injunction to halt implementation of the measure...Consider a medical treatment for minors that caused children to experience depression, guilt, self-hatred and, in severe cases, commit suicide. It would be … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [text, PDF] a lawsuit against federal law enforcement officials by men who claim they were illegally detained after 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder]. The suit is Turkmen v. Ashcroft [CCR backgrounder]. The … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California [official website] on Tuesday refused to issue an injunction [text, PDF] to block a pending law preventing mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) with minors. Claiming that the challenge to the … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI [official website] alleging that it illegally directed its agents to spy on Muslim communities. Judge Cormac Carney dismissed the case after concluding that allowing the lawsuit … [read more]

Legal News
28 Mar 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] revealed Tuesday that it received documents [materials, PDF] confirming that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] used a "Mosque Outreach" program to gather intelligence on Muslim-American citizens [press release]. Using a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website] lawsuit, … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] invoked the state secrets privilege [text, PDF] Monday to block evidence in a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] over its investigation into Muslim mosques. The Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] also filed a motion to dismiss … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Federal District Judge Larry Burns [Judgepedia profile] ordered [text, PDF] on Friday that the federal mug shots of accused Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner temporarily be kept from public view. Defense counsel for Loughner filed an emergency motion to bar release of those photos to the public, arguing that … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty on Monday to three federal charges in the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website]. Loughner is charged with attempting to assassinate a member of Congress [18 USC § 351(c)] and two counts of … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner [JURIST news archive; case materials] was indicted [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Tuscon, Arizona. He is charged with attempting to assassinate a member of Congress [18 USC § 351(c)] and two counts of attempting to murder a … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A California federal judge was appointed Thursday to hear the trial of Arizona shooting [NYT backgrounder] suspect Jared Loughner. Judge Alex Kozinski [official biography] of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] appointed Judge Larry Burns [Judgepedia profile] of the US District Court for … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jan 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Federal charges [criminal complaint, PDF] were formally filed on Sunday against Jared Loughner, the man is accused of shooting to death [JURIST report] Chief Judge John Roll of the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] and five other people Saturday. Fourteen other people were wounded … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Chief Judge John M. Roll of the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire [press release] at a public constituent event held outside of a shopping center in Tucson on Saturday. The gunman additionally killed 5 others, … [read more]

Legal News
24 Dec 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A Swiss judge on Thursday called for the prosecution of three engineers who have links to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] for allegedly smuggling nuclear weapons technology to Pakistan. After six years of investigation, Swiss federal magistrate Andreas Mueller recommended [The Independent report] that the three engineers … [read more]

Legal News
20 Sep 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] Monday absolving the FBI [official website] of charges that agents conducted investigations of domestic groups based on their exercise of First Amendment [text] rights. The report criticizes the FBI [Washington … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] Inspector General Glenn Fine [official profile] and FBI [official website] General Counsel Valerie Caproni [official profile] testified [materials] Thursday before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties [official website] regarding governmental abuse of National Security Letters (NSLs) … [read more]

Student Commentary
15 Mar 2010

Zach Mueller, Pitt Law '12, recently attended oral arguments in the case of Humanitarian Law Project v. Holder at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. He shares his thoughts on the experience...The red velvet curtain parted, and Chief Justice John Roberts emerged from the narrow opening behind the elevated … [read more]

Student Commentary
23 Feb 2010

Kristine Long, Pitt Law '11, relates the findings of Anna Kavalauskas and Silpa Swarnapuri, Pitt Law '12, who looked into the measures taken to facilitate adoption proceedings for 54 Haitian orphans relocated to Pittsburgh...In January, Haiti was struck by an earthquake which devastated the nation and brought attention and aid … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jan 2010
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in McDaniel v. Brown [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a federal district court may not consider non-record evidence when conducting a sufficiency review of evidence during federal habeas corpus proceedings. In a per curiam … [read more]

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