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Legal News
3 days ago
by Kasey Tuttle

French police have discriminated against Muslims residing in France under the state of emergency law [bill text, in French] imposed in November according to a report [press release] released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. The state of emergency expands police power for searches and arrests, and … [read more]


Student Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Robert Cimmino

JURIST Guest Columnist Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University discusses growing pains associated with law enforcement body cameras use, implementation, and pending Indiana legislation...In this article I will address several legal and practical issues presented by law enforcement body cameras including: privacy concerns for victims, juveniles and witnesses, especially when an … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

A Swedish prosecutor on Tuesday announced a preliminary investigation [press release, in Swedish] into Volkswagen [corporate website] regarding the emissions test cheating scandal that has affected millions. Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit has said it is focused on claims of serious fraud and the keeping of false records. A spokesperson from … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman [US State Department backgrounder] was arrested Friday in Los Mochis, Mexico in a military raid conducted by the Mexican government that left 5 suspects dead and one Mexican official inured. Guzman escaped [JURIST report] Mexico's highest security prison, Altiplano, through a tunnel on July 11. In … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The Supreme Court of India upheld a temporary ban on diesel vehicles in New Delhi on Tuesday in an effort to reduce air pollution. Diesel vehicles will be forced to take alternative routes rather than simply traveling through the city. The ban [Reuters report] will likely impact automakers such as … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against Volkswagen [corporate website] for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. The complaint was filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] alleging that approximately 600,000 vehicles contained illegal "defeat … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Italian cities Milan and Rome on Monday restricted [BBC report] the use of cars, motor cycles, and scooters as smog levels have increased. Experts believe that the unseasonably dry and calm weather contributed to the increased smog pollution. Restrictions in Milan ban motor vehicles for six hours a day … [read more]


Professional Commentary
23 Dec 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses Michigan's legislation regarding no-fault regulations, and holding insurance companies to their lawful responsibilities ... The legal climate for Michigan medical providers has gotten bleak recently. Auto insurance companies have developed a practice of challenging almost every claim for no-fault benefits, throwing … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Dec 2015
by Carrie Clodi of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Carrie Clodi of Valparaiso University School of Law Class of 2017 discusses legislation regulating youth and student athlete sport participation after concussion or head injury and the necessity of continued awareness of student athlete safety ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Armenian Electoral Commission [official website, Armenian] on Monday announced [Asbarez report] that Armenia's constitution will be amended as a result of Sunday's referendum. However, opposition MP's and independent European observers have alleged serious irregularities [BBC report] in the voting process, stating that fraud was a possibility. MP's from … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear [official website] on Tuesday signed [press release] an executive order [document, PDF] that automatically restores voting rights and the right to hold public office to certain offenders after their sentences have been satisfied. The order, which excludes those convicted of violent crimes, sex crimes, bribery, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] voted Thursday to extend the state of emergency [materials, in French] for another three months. The state of emergency expands police power for searches and arrests, and allows authorities to restrict movement of individuals and vehicles with the country's borders. During … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

The Rwandan Senate [official website] unanimously voted [press release] on Tuesday to allow President Paul Kagame [official website] to seek a third term in office. This vote is a step in the ongoing process to amend the 2003 Constitution [text, PDF] following a petition from the citizens. The Senate voted … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

New Jersey lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill [press release] that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain New Jersey driver's licenses. The bill, considered by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee [official website], would allow such immigrants to get a license if they are able to satisfy [North … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [official website] Friday that it has reached an agreement with Alabama, under which Alabama has committed to comply with US laws requiring motor vehicle agencies to register eligible voters. More specifically, Alabama has agreed to provide voter registration opportunities in all … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] gave a statement [text] to the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] Thursday suggesting that peace and stability could soon be achieved in Libya. Bensouda credits [press release] the UN-facilitated dialogues towards establishing a Libyan Government of National Accord … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Cambodian court on Wednesday indicted three men in the beating of two opposition lawmakers last week. The men, Chay Sarith, Mao Hoeun and Suth Vanny, were charged [AP report] with two counts of intention to commit violence and one count of intention to commit property damage. The suspects … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US regulators on Tuesday imposed a fine of up to $200 million on auto part manufacturer Takata [corporate website] for failing to disclose the defect of millions of their airbags to regulators in a timely manner. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] levied a base fine … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on two cases. In Lockhart v. US [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the mandatory minimum for a child pornography sentence, as found in 18 USC § 2252(b)(2) [text], applies when the … [read more]

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