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Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official profile] on Monday signed [press release] legislation [text] that provides terminally ill patients the right to die. Brown stated, "[t]he crux of the matter is whether the State of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his … [read more]

Legal News
31 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Indian Supreme Court [official website] on Monday stayed an order from the Rajasthan High Court [official website] that would have made the practice of Santhara [Hindustan Times report], or voluntarily fasting to death practiced by the Jains [BBC backgrounder], a crime. The Rajasthan High Court said that there … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Friday upheld [judgment; press release, PDF] a French court's decision allowing Vincent Lambert the right to die, stating it did not violate article 2 of European Convention on Human Rights. Lambert was in a car accident seven years ago … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The California Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 23-14 to approve a controversial right to die bill [SB 128 materials]. The bill would protect doctors who aide individuals with terminal conditions in dying. The bill's impact is limited to patients who pass a mental competency test are have less … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. … [read more]

Legal News
30 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A South African judge ruled Thursday that a terminally ill man has a right to assisted suicide with no legal or professional consequences for the participating doctor. Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa, and the decision is the first of its kind. With the support of DignitySA [advocacy website], … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The California Senate Committee on Health [official website] on Wednesday approved legislation [SB 128] that would allow physicians to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths. The approval of SB 128 comes after two failed attempts to pass similar legislation. The measure must … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Cancer patient Christie White and five physicians in California filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in San Francisco County Superior Court [official website] on Wednesday challenging a state ban on physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent terminally ill patients. The suit alleges that California's ban violates the California State Constitution [text] … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The South Korean Supreme Court [official website, in Korean] on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling allowing a brain-damaged patient the right to die [JURIST news archive]. The patient, a 76-year old woman on life-support at a Yonsei University medical center [hospital website], is brain-dead [Hankyora report] and unable … [read more]

Legal News
11 Feb 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A South Korea [JURIST news archive] appellate court on Tuesday upheld a landmark lower court ruling authorizing removal of life-support from a comatose woman. Tuesday's decision by the Seoul High Court affirmed the December ruling of the Seoul Western District Court that ordered Yonsei Severance Hospital [hospital website] to … [read more]

Legal News
29 Aug 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The Mexican Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday ruled [session transcript, PDF, in Spanish] that a law permitting first-trimester abortions [JURIST news archive] in Mexico City does not violate the Mexican Constitution [PDF text, in Spanish]. The federal attorney general and the National Human Rights Commission [official … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jul 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The US Marshals Service [official website] has released statistics showing that the number of threats on judicial employees, including judges, increased 63 percent from 2003 to 2005, from 584 threats to 953. So far this year, marshals have investigated 822 threat reports. The Marshals Service, part of the US … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [OYEZ profile] and former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [OYEZ profile] have both said in recent speeches that they have been the target of death threats. In a speech [text] last month at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Ginsburg said … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Dec 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Tom Mayo, professor of law at Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, and Director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, says that the Terri Schiavo case earlier this year changed the ground-rules for medical decision-making on behalf of others... As most … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2005
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] In an emergency session Thursday night, the US Senate [official website] passed a bill to provide $10.5 billion in emergency relief [White House request] to the victims of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. The measure was approved by voice vote with only four Senators present on the floor. Read … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2005
by Rachel Felton

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the California Supreme Court today extended child support laws and custody rights to estranged gay and lesbian couples who used reproductive science to conceive by ruling that same-sex couples who raise children are the lawful parents and must provide for the children after a break … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2005
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Florida State Attorney Bernie McCabe announced Thursday that he had found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing with respect to the collapse of Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] 15 years ago. Following Schiavo's autopsy [JURIST report] last month, Govenor Jeb Bush asked McCabe to investigate [St Petersburg Times report] what … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2005
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] More than 100 congressmen on Thursday backed a proposal for a constitutional amendment that would protect more religious expression on public property. The steps are being taken to reverse the holding in McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky [opinion; JURIST report] in which the US Supreme Court ruled that … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2005
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Michael Schiavo buried the cremated remains of his late wife Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] Monday at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park [funerary website] in Clearwater, Florida. He had previously said he would bury her remains in his family plot in Pennsylvania [JURIST report]. Schiavo's parents were not notified of … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] An autopsy report [PDF text] released Wednesday showed that Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] had a severely "atrophied" brain that weighed less than half of what a normal brain should weigh and was irreversibly damaged. Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin said that the findings were "consistent" with a person … [read more]

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