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Legal News
21 hours ago
by Brittany Felder

Nearly 40 years after the 1979 Revolution in Iran, the nation's legal structures are still "deeply flawed," according to an 87-page report [text, PDF] released [press release] Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. Describing how the revolution elicited sweeping changes in the justice system, the report discusses Iran's new … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released [press release] a report [document, PDF] Tuesday on the many juvenile offenders on death row in Iran. The report states that 73 executions of juvenile offenders took place between 2005 and 2015 and that 160 juvenile offenders are currently on death row. Iran ratified … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that he is creating the first high-level panel to address women's economic empowerment initiatives. The panel's goal is to create a plan of action for nations and private sector businesses to implement in order to improve women's rights by achieving … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Gambia's parliament [official website] approved a bill on Thursday banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and setting high penalties of imprisonment and fines for offenders. The passage of the law comes a month after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh [official website] condemned the practice [BBC report] in November because it was not … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Dec 2015
by Ashley Merritt of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Merritt of the Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentencing laws on deterring gun violence... In response to a disturbing rise in homicides and violent gun crime, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has suggested a solution: harsher mandatory minimum sentences for charges … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] US President Obama on Friday commuted [press release] 95 prison sentences of individuals who have been jailed for non-violent offenses. The act of clemency comes as result of the recent sentencing reform for drug and non-violent offenses. In his letter to the released men and women, President Obama stated, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican human rights activist, on Thursday challenged [press release] the constitutionality of Jamaica's Offences Against the Person Act of 1864 [text, PDF], which criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between men, in the Supreme Court of Jamaica [official website]. The complaint alleges that sections 76, 77 and 79 of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear [official website] on Tuesday signed [press release] an executive order [document, PDF] that automatically restores voting rights and the right to hold public office to certain offenders after their sentences have been satisfied. The order, which excludes those convicted of violent crimes, sex crimes, bribery, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on two cases. In Lockhart v. US [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the mandatory minimum for a child pornography sentence, as found in 18 USC § 2252(b)(2) [text], applies when the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

US President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has instructed the Office of Personal Management (OPM) [official website] to remove inquiries about criminal records [fact sheet] from federal employment applications. Obama made the announcement [remarks] during a speech at Rutgers University Center for Law and Justice as part of his … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist university Dedman School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding Richard Eugene Glossip's Oklahoma death penalty sentence... The recent activity surrounding the scheduled execution of Oklahoma's Richard Eugene Glossip has once again spotlighted the three-ring circus that has become America's death penalty. … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Voisine v. US [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] after having considered the case at two previous conferences this year. The case presents the issue of whether a "reckless" misdemeanor crime qualifies as a misdemeanor crime of domestic abuse … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Oct 2015
by Daniel J. Wright of Law Offices of Daniel Wright
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Daniel J. Wright of the Law Offices of Daniel Wright discusses how post-conviction procedure rules hinder the ability to seek truth in faulty sentences... Those accused of a serious crime are entitled by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution to representation by an attorney. This … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

US President Barack Obama made the case [remarks] for overhauling the nation's sentencing laws on Tuesday in front of top law enforcement officials at the 122nd Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police [official website] Conference and Exposition. The president argued that placing large numbers of nonviolent drug offenders in … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN released a report [materials] on Tuesday stating that Iran's human rights situation remains alarming despite the signing [JURIST report] of the nuclear deal earlier this month. The report, published by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday stayed [opinion, PDF] the execution of eight men until March, halting the state's attempt to resume executions in the state after a 10-year hiatus. In issuing its stay, the court overturned a ruling of a circuit judge who also stayed the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] US Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates on Monday voiced the Obama's administration's support [press release] for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 [S 2123]. The bipartisan legislation would reduce the prison sentences of some nonviolent drug offenders whose sentences have overwhelmed the criminal justice system's correctional … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN human rights experts on Friday condemned Iran's execution [press release] of a juvenile offender convicted of murdering her husband whom she was forced to marry at the age of 16. Fatemeh Salbehi was executed on Tuesday despite several reports of flaws in her trial and appeals process. The … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A group of independent UN human rights experts on Friday called on [press release] Pakistan to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty after reports of minors being sentenced to death. There are more than 8,000 people on death row in Pakistan, and the UN experts believe that many … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Massachusetts state Senate [official website] unanimously passed [docket] a resolution [text] Thursday to repeal a law requiring a driver's license suspension of at least six months for anyone convicted of a drug crime. The law required the driver's license suspension in all circumstances of drug offenses, even if … [read more]

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