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Legal News
30 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Court on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a city within the state has no right to pass ordinances restricting where sex offenders can live. The ruling invalidates the "Ordinance Pertaining to Sex Offender Residency Restrictions in the City of Lynn" [text, PDF] which created a zone … [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]

Legal News
29 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Attorneys for Jonathan Pollard [official website] announced Tuesday their client was granted parole [statement] by three members of the Parole Commission. Pollard is a former Navy intelligence analyst convicted of conspiracy to deliver classified information to Israel on November 21, 1985. Pollard claimed he learned [advocacy backgrounder] the US … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Maldives Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted 78-2 in favor of impeaching Vice President Mohamed Jameel accusing him of neglecting his duties. Jameel had been deputy to President Yameen Abdul Gayoom [official website] since their election victory in 2013. At the center of this impeachment [Sun Online report] … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A former police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, was indicted by a grand jury on Monday on murder charges brought after the April incident in which the officer shot an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, who was running away from him. The case gained prominence after a video … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Bangkok Criminal Court on Thursday convicted two members of the People's Alliance for Democracy Network [BBC backgrounder], known as "Yellow Shirts," for their roles in breaking into the Prime Minster's office during the 2008 protests. The court found Yellow Shirt movement founder and Thai media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Nebraska on Wednesday became the first Republican-controlled state to repeal the death penalty [Bill 268, PDF] since 1973. Governor Pete Ricketts [official campaign website] vetoed the bill on Tuesday, but after a vote Wednesday afternoon, the state officially repealed capital punishment [press release]. A sentence of life without parole … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Senate [official website] voted Tuesday to approve a bill [SB 3 materials] that could bring medical marijuana to the state. The bill will now head to the House [official website] for consideration where proponents are optimistic it will have more success this year than the bill's predecessor … [read more]

Academic Commentary
30 Apr 2015
by John D. Bessler of University of Baltimore School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage of lethal injection … [read more]

Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Giza Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced 69 Muslim Brotherhood [JURIST news archive] supporter to 25 years in prison for attacking and burning a church in a village near Cairo in 2013 during protests against former president Mohamed Morsi [JURIST news archive]. In addition, Judge Mohamed Nagi Shehata also … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Georgia Governor Nathan Deal [official profile] signed House Bill 1 [text] on Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the US state of Georgia. The approved legislation is effective immediately and allows for patients suffering from cancer, Crohn's disease, glaucoma and other serious ailments to receive 20 fluid ounces or … [read more]

Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in two separate decisions that courts cannot prohibit parolees from using medical marijuana when used for medical purposes under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). The AMMA was passed by the legislature in 2010, and both plaintiffs obtained registry identification cards because of … [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 Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The legislative body of Maldives, the People's Majlis [official website], amended the Prison and Parole Act on Monday to remove an inmate's right to membership in a political party. The measure is known as the Bill on Amendment to the Prison and Parole Act, Act No. 14/2013 [official press … [read more]

Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Florida [official website] on Thursday ordered re-sentencing hearings [opinion, PDF] for four individuals who were convicted of felonies as juveniles. The court ruled that new sentences must comply with two US Supreme Court [official website] decisions. One of which says juveniles cannot be sentenced to … [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]

Student Commentary
18 Feb 2015
by Christen Giannaros of St. John's University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Christen Giannaros, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the twelfth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Giannaros discusses the Fourth Amendment rights violations implicit in DNA collection upon arrest...In 2010, Alonzo … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that the methodology used by British courts to determine whether to mitigate whole-life sentences does not violate Article 3 [text] of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bars inhuman and degrading treatment. Arthur Hutchinson was seeking … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Washington state legislature [official website] proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 [texts] are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia [official websites], respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without opportunity … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still homeless as a result of government policy failures, forced evictions and failed short-term relief solutions, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF; press release] Thursday. According to the report, the influx … [read more]

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