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Academic Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law discusses the Children's Bill of Rights... Earlier this month, three House Democrats in the US Congress introduced a resolution calling for the establishment of a Children's Bill of Rights. But why? The US is already a signatory to … [read more]

14 Sep 2015
by Megan Miller

The Iran Hostage Crisis, which began on November 4, 1979, lasted for 444 days. It began just after the arrival of the Iranian Shah in America, and ended on the day of the inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan. 52 American citizens were held hostage by members of the Muslim … [read more]

14 Sep 2015
by Christopher Dellana

After years of prevailing social, political and economic difficulties, the people of Iran deposed their king, elevated a clerical exile to the seat of power and ushered in a new era: this was the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The king, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, was the figurehead for the country's … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] announced Tuesday that food manufacturers will be given three years to remove all partially hydrogenated oils [press release] (PHOs), the main ingredient in artificial trans fat, saying they are no longer "generally recognized as safe." After June 18, 2018 no … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 Apr 2015
by Gregory S. Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Jan 2015
by Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University (Egypt) and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, discusses the recent Egyptian criminal court's order of a retrial of Muslim Brotherhood followers and whether the Egyptian criminal justice system should reform to stop the violation of international human rights ... … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that it is revising its execution protocol to no longer use the two-drug combination that caused the troubling 26-minute execution of Dennis McGuire last January. Ohio was scrutinized after the state executed McGuire [NBC News report] … [read more]

Student Commentary
28 Dec 2014
by Clarence Leatherbury of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Clarence Leatherbury from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law discusses the debate over torture techniques and our nations security... The American public was recently given information about the CIA's torture of suspected terrorists during the Bush Administration, stirring up the debate over whether the torture … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Dec 2014
by Danielle Ardner of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Danielle Ardner, Valparaiso University Law School, Class of 2016, discusses how Cleveland police are obstructing Ohio's mandatory DNA collection law...It was 15 years before serial rapist and murderer Larry McGowan had his DNA properly collected in Ohio as mandated by law. McGowan is currently serving an 11-year … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An appeals court in Italy on Monday overturned a 2012 conviction [JURIST report] of manslaughter against six scientists and a government official for being negligent in their evaluation of the dangers posed by a 2009 earthquake [NYT report] that killed more than 300 people in the town of L'Aquila. … [read more]

18 Oct 2014
by Sarah Steers

All but one of the US presidents, beginning with George Washington, have issued orders which can be equated with the modern-day executive order. The sole exception was William Henry Harrison, who died in office after having held the presidency for less than a month. Before 20th century, executive orders were not … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The trial involving allegations of insider trading in shares of Airbus Group [corporate website] began on Friday after an eight-year investigation. Seven current and former managers at Airbus Group and two former industrial shareholders in Airbus' parent European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. (EADS) [corporate website] are accused of … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A U.S. District judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma [official website] on Tuesday struck down [order] federal tax subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text, PDF]. Judge Ronald White found that the Internal Revenue Service rule, which provides subsidies … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments Monday in three cases involving same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii [materials]. The three-judge panel consists of judges Stephen Reinhardt [official profile], appointed by Jimmy Carter, and Marsha Berzon [official profile] … [read more]

Legal News
4 Aug 2014
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] on Monday upheld an appellate court decision granting a new trial [opinion, PDF] for a defendant whose rap lyrics were introduced against him in an attempted murder trial. Vonte Skinner was convicted in 2008 of shooting his associate Lamont Peterson seven times, … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Monday overturned a May decision that banned former leaders of the National Democratic Party (NDP) from running in the country's parliamentary elections. An Urgent Matters Court in May accused [AP report] the now-dissolved NDP of appointing corrupt governments, stating that allowing a … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The lower house of the Cortes Generales [official website, in Spanish], Spain's national legislative body, overwhelmingly approved a law [text, PDF, in Spanish] Wednesday recognizing the abdication of King Juan Carlos and allowing for his son Prince Felipe [BBC profiles] to take his place. Following Juan Carlos's abdication on … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jun 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The Spanish government on Tuesday approved [press release] a draft constitutional law that will facilitate the abdication of King Juan Carlos I. Spain's Council of Ministers submitted the proposed law to parliament, requesting that the House and Senate vote quickly on whether to make the draft part of the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Apr 2014
by Leonard Baynes of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Guest Columnists Leonard M. Baynes and David L. Gregory, both of the St. John's University School of Law, discuss the anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the interplay of racial and economic justice ... This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the enactment of Title … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Mar 2014
by Joseph J. Vacek of University of North Dakota School of Aerospace Sciences
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph J. Vacek of the University of North Dakota School of Aerospace Sciences argues that the recent decision by an Administrative Law Judge of the NTSB that struck down the FAA's ban on the commercial use of drones for procedural reasons raises a larger issue concerning the … [read more]

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