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Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The head of the UK's Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) [official website], charged with looking into alleged abuses committed during the war in Iraq, said Saturday that UK soldiers may face prosecution for war crimes. Mark Warwick, a former police detective and the head of IHAT, stated [BBC report] that … [read more]

Legal News
1 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the display of a prominent cross-shaped war memorial in a public park operated by Prince George County does not violate the Establishment Clause [text] of the First Amendment. The monument, known … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] to expand the list of types of photo identification accepted at polls in the state. Judge Lynn Adelman … [read more]

Student Commentary
23 Sep 2015
by Devin Cohen of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Devin Cohen from St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the first author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Cohen discusses the problems surrounding Veterans suffering PTSD and their right to receive military benefits...Individuals … [read more]

Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A Travis county [official website] judge on Friday denied a request for a temporary restraining order meant to halt the University of Texas at Austin's efforts to relocate a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The university's plan to move the statue from a prominent pedestrian area to an … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Jul 2015
by Elizabeth Jamison of Offices of Thomas Carter
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Jamison, Esq. of the Military Spouse JD Network discusses the plight of the military spouse attorney and the need for changes to the current licensing structure ... Earlier this year a series of online threats from ISIS and its sympathizers were directed not just to service … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley [official website] signed into law a bill [text; materials] on Thursday to remove the Confederate flag [UVA backgrounder] from the state's legislature. The South Carolina Senate [official website] approved [JURIST report] the bill Tuesday It was then introduced in the South Carolina House [official … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The South Carolina Senate [official website] on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 897 [text; materials], which would remove the Confederate flag [UVA backgrounder] from the State House and the Capitol Complex, by a vote of 37 to 3 [vote reading, PDF]. It was then introduced in the South Carolina House … [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
18 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans [SCOTUSblog materials] that state governments can restrict the kinds of messages printed on specialty licence plates. The Sons of Confederate Veterans [advocacy website] had argued that the Texas government's refusal to … [read more]

Legal News
30 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Croatia's parliament on Friday passed a law that grants compensation to victims of rape during the country's war of independence from Yugoslavia more than 20 years ago. Despite its lateness, the move has been hailed as an important step [AP report] in recovering from the damage of the 1991-1995 … [read more]

Professional Commentary
11 May 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney discusses the proposed changes to the boards of correction of military records...Senators Boxer, Wyden and Markey have introduced much-needed legislation, the “Legal Justice For Servicemembers Act,” [PDF] to overhaul protections for military whistleblowers, including victims of sexual harassment and assault, who frequently suffer reprisals … [read more]

Student Commentary
15 Apr 2015
by Cliff Mason of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses whether a racist chant performed by fraternity members of the Oklahoma University is protected under the First Amendment, or the university president has the capacity to act ... "You can hang them from a … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Veterans Legal Services Clinic [official website] at Yale Law School filed a class action lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] on Monday on behalf of a Vietnam-war veteran, requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] promptly adjudicate his pending disability benefits application. The named plaintiff, Conley … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US military on Wednesday charged [official website] former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place." If convicted, Bergdahl could be demoted, dishonorably … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A bipartisan bill [text, PDF] seeking to change the US federal government's approach to medicinal marijuana was introduced in the US House of Representatives [official website] Tuesday. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, or CARERS Act, was introduced by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases. In Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the state of Texas violated the First Amendment rights of the Texas … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2015
by Howard Wasserman of Florida International University College of Law
edited by Joseph Macklin

JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman, of Florida International University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and the University of Oklahoma's decision to expel fraternity members that used racially insensitive language ... The First Amendment, Justice Holmes wrote in US v. Schwimmer, protects "not free thought for those who … [read more]

Legal News
13 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official profile] on Friday will release details [The Hill report] about the creation of a new advisory committee in efforts to improve conditions in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] as he visits a VA facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The committee will consist of … [read more]

Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A bipartisan group of three US Senators on Tuesday announced legislation to end the federal ban on medical marijuana. The bill, called the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, was announced by senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) [official websites]. If … [read more]

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