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Legal News
1 day ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter [official website] on Thursday ordered a review of military recruitment office security policies, according to a statement from the Pentagon. Speaking on the order [Stars and Stripes report], Pentagon spokesperson Navy Captain Jeff Davis also noted that existing Department of Defense (DOD) [official … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday overturned [opinion, PDF] a summary decision that an anti-abortion activist's letter was protected speech under the First Amendment [LII backgrounder]. Angel Dillard had written a letter to a doctor, who had publicly announced plans to open … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the April 2014 decision [JURIST report] of the US District Court for the District of North Dakota [official website] striking down an extremely restrictive North Dakota anti-abortion law. The Human Heartbeat Protection Act … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Jul 2015
by Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School discusses the National Judicial Appointments Council...Over the past months, the political whirlwinds surrounding efforts by Narendra Modi's BJP government to change India's judicial appointments system have given way to a storm of constitutional contestation. Since 1993, India's top judges, including the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] on Monday signed into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [materials], limiting the ability of a woman to seek an abortion more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Proponents of the bill say it is designed to prohibit women from seeking an abortion … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2015
by Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, the advocacy director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how a Special Criminal Court, created by the interim authorities of the Central African Republic, has the potential to strengthen the fight against impunity within the countries where the crimes took place... … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Jun 2015
by Adam Al-Sarraf of US Department of Commerce

JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Al-Sarraf, International Program Specialist at the United States Department of Commerce, discusses Iraq's new commercial court... Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the US Department of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted a motion to stay [order, PDF], allowing over half of Texas' 18 abortion clinics to stay open by temporarily blocking a law [HB 2] that would place stringent requirements on clinics requiring the majority of them to close. The US Court … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Glossip v. Gross [SCOTUSblog materials] that Oklahoma's use of the sedative midazolam [RxList materials] as part of its lethal injection protocol does not violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment [LII backgrounder]. The issue came before … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A Kansas judge for the Shawnee County District Court [official website] blocked a law on Thursday that would have effectively banned most second-trimester abortions performed in the state. Judge Larry Hendricks stated [AP report] that the first-in-the-nation law would have created too large of an obstacle for women in the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Kingdomware Technologies v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case that deals with the rights of small-business-owning veterans to receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website]. In 2006, Congress passed … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday reinstated [opinion, PDF] the death sentence of a California man convicted of murder 25 years ago, despite evidence that seven of the prosecution’s peremptory challenges to jurors in the case were race-based. In a 5-4 decision, the majority held in Davis … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Mata v. Lynch [SCOTUSblog materials] that a federal appeals court has jurisdiction to review the Board of Immigration Appeals' (BIA) rejection of an alien's motion to reopen his or her case. The US Court of Appeals for the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Florida [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [motion, PDF] Thursday challenging a Florida law [HB 633 materials] requiring women to visit a doctor and wait 24 hours before undergoing an abortion. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Wisconsin State Senate [official website] on Tuesday passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [materials], limiting the ability of a woman to seek an abortion more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Proponents of the bill say it is designed to prohibit women from seeking an abortion that … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] some of the strictest parts of a Texas abortion law, which could cause the majority of the state's abortion clinics to close, leaving only seven open. The decision allows the state to require … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] sent a formal report [text, PDF] to Congress criticizing the Egyptian government for its human rights abuses and lack of movement toward democracy but still supporting sending $1.3 billion to Egypt in mostly military aid. The report, signed by Secretary of State John Kerry … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases Monday. In Shapiro v. Mack [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will hear a challenge to the Three Judge Court Act [28 USC § 2284], which requires the convening of a three-judge district court to decide … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The North Carolina legislature [official website] gave final approval [roll call] on Wednesday to the Women and Children's Protection Act of 2015 [bill, PDF], which mandates a 72-hour waiting period for abortions after a woman has been informed by a physician of her options and the risks of the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The government of California on Wednesday agreed to a settlement [text] that may lead to the state reinstating the use of its death chamber. Under the terms of the settlement the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] will provide new regulatory standards for lethal injections after … [read more]

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