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Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday approved a deal that would extend US military presence in their country. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) [text, PDF] will allow for the US to build more military facilities while maintaining military ships and aircraft in the country. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jan 2016
by Jason A. Coats of US Naval War College
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Coats of the US Naval War College discusses the investigations into the legitimacy of reports concerning ISIS...On December 11, the Chairmen of three House of Representatives committees—the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), the Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee (APCDS)—announced the establishment of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, on Monday, charged Meas Muth [press release], the Khmer Rouge's ex-navy commander, with genocide, crimes against humanity and other crimes. According to authorities, Muth appeared voluntarily to hear the charges against him, which were brought despite opposition by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to review a Second Amendment challenge to a gun law enforced in Highland Park, Illinois, denying certiorari [order list, PDF] in Friedman v. City of Highland Park [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. The law, challenged by the Illinois State Rifle Association … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] An appellate court in Wisconsin ruled [opinion] Tuesday that the application of a state law that prohibits possession of certain knives violates the Second Amendment [text] right to bear arms. The law in Wisconsin regarding the Possession of a Switchblade Knife [§ 941.24(1), text] prohibits possession of "any knife … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday heard oral argument in a challenge to a Federal judge's authority to issue a ruling that struck down modifications to firearm possession laws in the District of Columbia. The attorney representing the District of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] urged greater protection for journalists' rights [text] and honored journalists and media workers killed in the line of duty as he marked the second observation of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists [official website] on Monday. Ban noted, "[m]ore than … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] in The Hague ruled [decision, PDF; press release, PDF] Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear a dispute between the Philippines and China over parts of the South China Sea. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US government's case against five Guantanamo Bay detainees will continue to move forward after a US military judge on Thursday determined that one of the defendants may not fire his defense lawyer [transcript, PDF]. US military judge James Pohl ruled that Walid Bin Atash did not show good … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Los Angeles City Council [official website] on Tuesday passed a handgun storage law [Council File 14-1553] requiring owners to either lock guns away or have the trigger disabled when not in reach. The law is "aimed at curbing suicides and accidental shootings," and it is anticipated that the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Maine's revised concealed carry law [text, PDF] went into effect Thursday and allows legal gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit. The law was passed by the Maine State Legislature [official website] and approved [legislative materials] by Governor Paul LePage [official website] in July. The law applies to … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] the Mexican government to cease using their military as law enforcement and replace the current force with well trained police officers. The High Commissioner addressed the law enforcement issues on his visit … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ordered [decision, PDF] the release of Sudanese funds held by New York banks to satisfy a $315 million default judgment in the USS Cole case. The lower court found in 2012 that Sudan had provided "material … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday issued a ruling in Heller v. District of Columbia [text, PDF], ultimately upholding six and striking down four controversial elements of the Firearms Registration Amendment Act (FRA) and the Firearms Amendment Act of 2012 … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US government, on order from federal judge Gladys Kessler [professional profile], has released eight redacted videos showing forced feedings at Guantanamo Bay prison. The videos, released to the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] as part of former prisoner Abu Wa'el Dhiab's suit against … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court on Saturday upheld the convictions of two men for the killing of two Americans in 1973. The Appeals Court of Santiago affirmed [AP report] the seven-year sentence of General Pedro Espinoza Bravo and the two-year sentence of Rafael Gonzalez Berdugo. The men were charged after … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Israeli Parliament on Thursday passed a new law [press release] that will ban journalists from expressing their opinions on the county's public broadcasting network. The new public broadcast law passed by a vote of 25-18. The law states [AP report] that journalists should "avoid one-sidedness, prejudice, expressing personal … [read more]


Legal News
22 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Ieng Thirith [ECCC profile], the sister-in-law of Pol Pot considered the "first lady" of the Khmer Rouge, died [press release] Saturday at the age of 83. Ieng Thirith was Minister of Social Action during Democratic Kampuchea [backgrounder, PDF] between 1975 and 1979. From late 2011 to 2012 Ieng Thirith, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Missouri [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a statute prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms does not violate the Missouri Constitution's [BallotPedia backgrounder] right to bear arms. The appellant, Santonio McCoy, was convicted under Section 571.070.1(1) [text] making it illegal for offenders convicted … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Colorado jury on Friday sentenced James Holmes to life in prison for killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 shooting movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. The sentence [court register, PDF], which carries no possibility of parole, came as a result of the jury's inability to … [read more]

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