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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
22 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in City of Los Angeles v. Patel [opinion, PDF] that police must obtain a search warrant before demanding to inspect a hotel's guest list. At issue was a Los Angeles law [Los Angeles Municipal Code § 41.49, PDF] … [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
15 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] unanimously Wednesday that elected officials do not have the right to open municipal council meetings with a prayer. The country's top court found [National Post report] that reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings is unconstitutional and infringes on freedom … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that some requirements of the 1994 Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act [text] are so vague that they are unconstitutional. One of these is the requirement that convicted sex offenders stay … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Tokyo district assembly became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships on Tuesday. The measure, passed by Tokyo's Shibuya ward [official website], will become effective [Reuters report] April 1, when Shibuya will begin issuing partnership papers that allow couples to rent apartments together and grant hospital … [read more]


Features
21 Mar 2015

The unconventional gas well fee of Act 13 ("impact fee") sparked heated discussion. Under Section 2302 of Act 13, the governing body of a county may elect to impose a fee on each individual unconventional gas well drilled (or "spudded") in the county. The oil and gas industry considers the … [read more]


Features
21 Mar 2015

Pennsylvania has long incorporated its advantageous position atop deposits of oil and coal into its economy. As technological advancement in the 21st century meant greater access to - and utilization of - natural gas reserves trapped in shale, Governor Tom Corbett advocated for changes to Pennsylvania's long-standing Oil and Gas … [read more]


Features
21 Mar 2015

On February 14, 2012, then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 13 [PDF] into law. It amended Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to include a fee for individuals or corporations extracting natural gas from geologic formations such as Marcellus Shale. The purpose of the act was to encourage stronger … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday that restrictions on where sex offenders may live violates the parolees' constitutional rights. This decision addresses Jessica's Law [Proposition 83, materials], the voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] on Tuesday ruled [text, PDF] that state laws governing the residency restrictions for sex offenders take precedence over local municipal ordinances. In People v. Diack, the court ruled unanimously that the state's regulations are sufficient in prohibiting high-level sex offenders from … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UK lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of a law that would make the UK the first country to allow an in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique that uses DNA from two women and one man. In the House of Commons [official website], members of Parliament voted [BBC report] 382 … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday welcomed a decision [press release] by the government of the Netherlands to offer aid to municipalities that provide emergency shelter to homeless migrants. The UN experts described the decision as a welcome change from the Netherlands' refusal to support those … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2015
by Paul Williams of American University

JURIST Guest Columnists Dr. Paul Williams and Kelly Brouse of American University, discuss the indictment of Dragomir Vasic by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and emphasize the necessity for accountability not only during, but also after armed conflicts...On December 16, 2014, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina indicted Dragomir … [read more]


Professional Commentary
18 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth C. Varner of Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

JURIST Guest Columnists Elizabeth C. Varner, Diane Penneys Edelman and Leila Amineddoleh of Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation respond to the piece by Walter Olson on Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and counter his assertion that the Act has the effect opposite to what Congress intended...Recently JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Authorities in Burkina Faso must investigate [press release] the use of excessive force by the military against peaceful anti-government protesters last year, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged in a report [text, PDF] issued Thursday. The report investigated the force used by the presidential guard known as Regiment de … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The National Rifle Association (NRA) [advocacy website] has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the city of Pittsburgh, alleging local gun laws violate a state law that restricts local regulation of firearms and ammunition. 18 Pa CS § 6120 [text] states "No county, municipality or township may in any … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Jan 2015
by Azadeh Shahshahani of ACLU of Georgia

JURIST Guest Columnist Azadeh Shahshahani, of the ACLU of Georgia, discusses a recent controversy surrounding a mosque in Georgia ... Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant comments from some residents, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Dec 2014
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law discusses the Ninth Circuit's denial of intervention in Peruta v. County of San Diego..."You snooze, you lose." At first blush, this maxim seems to capture the essence of the US District Court for the Ninth Circuit's November 12, … [read more]


Student Commentary
10 Dec 2014
by Danielle Ardner of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Danielle Ardner, Valparaiso University Law School, Class of 2016, discusses how Cleveland police are obstructing Ohio's mandatory DNA collection law...It was 15 years before serial rapist and murderer Larry McGowan had his DNA properly collected in Ohio as mandated by law. McGowan is currently serving an 11-year … [read more]

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