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Professional Commentary
1 Sep 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom argues that a recent decision of Ohio Board of Professional Conduct compelling state judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is unreasonable and unaccommodating ... The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued a scorched-earth policy against state judges who … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Jul 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Jul 2015
by Elizabeth Jamison of Offices of Thomas Carter

JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Jamison, Esq. of the Military Spouse JD Network discusses the plight of the military spouse attorney and the need for changes to the current licensing structure ... Earlier this year a series of online threats from ISIS and its sympathizers were directed not just to service … [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]

Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 9-0 that statements made by children to their teachers regarding possible abuse may be used as evidence at trial, even if the child does not testify in court. In Ohio v. Clark [SCOTUSblog materials] the court decided that … [read more]

Legal News
31 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Saturday freed Egyptian-American prisoner Mohammed Soltan, who had been sentenced to life in prison and had been on a hunger strike for over a year. As a precondition to Soltan's release, he had to renounce his Egyptian citizenship [AP report]. Soltan was convicted on charges of … [read more]

Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The court heard two-and-half hours of oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges [SCOTUSblog materials], which was consolidated with three other cases. The first question [argument audio; transcript, PDF] before the court was … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Apr 2015
by Milena Serio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afghanistan in 2007. … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] announced [press release] a settlement agreement [text, PDF] Friday over early voting in Ohio. The now settled lawsuit was filed last year by the ACLU challenging the decreased availability of early voting opportunities in the state as a result of the … [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
15 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Attorney General of Guam [official website] on Wednesday directed officials to begin processing same-sex marriage applications. The action by Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson comes two weeks after a same-sex couple brought a suit in the US territory challenging its marriage law [press release, PDF] upon being denied a … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Claudio Giardiello, a defendant in a bankruptcy case, opened fire during trial on Thursday, killing three people, including a lawyer and a judge. Giardiello, an Italian businessman being tried for fraudulent bankruptcy, fired at least 13 shots from a gun he sneaked into the Palace of Justice [official website, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Mar 2015
by John B. Quigley of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of September 1, 2014, titled "The … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Ohio House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill that would make illegal any abortion performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, HB 69 [text], passed the House with a 55-40 vote, but is opposed by Governor John Kasich [official website] on constitutional … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official website] signed a bill [press release] on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

More than a dozen former state attorneys general on Tuesday asked [press release] the US Supreme Court to rule Oklahoma's use of the three-drug execution cocktail unconstitutional. The attorneys general argue that this type of execution violates the constitutional rights of three death row inmates scheduled for execution. In an … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Judge Callie Granade of the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] on Monday refused to stay [order] her order to a probate judge that he must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This new order states that the Probate Court of Mobile County … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Alabama House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday voted to keep execution drug suppliers' names secret and to bring back the use of the electric chair when chemicals for lethal injection are not available. The members of the House added the drug suppliers secrecy section to a bill … [read more]

Legal News
11 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Utah State Legislature [official website] gave final approval to a bill [text, PDF] Tuesday that will allow execution by firing squad if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The goal of House Bill 11 is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

The Alabama Supreme Court [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite an earlier decision by a federal judge to the contrary. The Supreme Court ordered 68 probate judges in Alabama to halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, stating, … [read more]

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