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Legal News
4 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Russia on Wednesday vetoed a UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would have created a new tribunal to prosecute those involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine last July. The new tribunal was introduced [UN News Centre report] to create a larger technical … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

The US Third Court of Appeals [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] one of two criminal charges filed against former Texas governor Rick Perry last year.The court stated that the coercion of a public servant [Texas Penal Code Chapter 36] charge Perry had faced infringed upon his constitutional right … [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
14 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Negotiations between Iran and six world powers concluded in a nuclear agreement [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), text] on Tuesday. The JCPOA outlines details of the agreement, in which Iran agreed not to create a nuclear bomb in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. The International Atomic … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] on Wednesday set the execution [Oklahoma execution policy, PDF] dates of three inmates who had previously challenged the use of the drug that will be used in their lethal injections. This is the highest criminal court in Oklahoma. Although the inmates … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Serbia on Saturday reportedly asked [AP report] Russia to veto a British UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would call the incident during the Bosnian War in which 8000 Muslim men were murdered genocide. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge issued a court order [order, PDF] on Thursday that all Louisiana officials must grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples [JURIST news archive]. The order, issued by Judge Martin Feldman [official profile] of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website], specifically requires … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] on Wednesday issued an order [ruling, PDF] that all Alabama counties must abide by a Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage. The order says that state probate judges may not discriminate against same-sex couples … [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
21 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A bill [text] approved by Indiana lawmakers earlier this year repealing the statewide ban on sawed-off shotguns will go into effect July 1. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jim Tomes [official profile], will allow the manufacture, selling and ownership of shotguns with barrels 18 inches or less in length. … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] New records released [press release] by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) [official website] Wednesday revealed a confidential legal battle over Medicare over-billing that spanned three years between government officials and UnitedHealth Group [official website]. The dispute centered on a 2012 audit obtained through the Freedom of Information Act … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in Walker-McGill v. Stuart [docket; cert. petition, PDF], letting stand a decision blocking North Carolina's abortion ultrasound requirement. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] in December affirmed [JURIST report] a lower court … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The North Carolina House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a law that would allow some court officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages [JURIST backgrounder] based on their religious beliefs, overriding a veto [JURIST report] by Governor Pat McCroy [official website]. The law requires that officials who … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari in Jackson v. San Francisco [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case challenging a San Francisco law [text, PDF] requiring gun owners to keep handguns "stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock that has been approved … [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]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] portions of two Idaho abortion laws. The Pain- Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [text] prohibited abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The court struck it down as "unconstitutional because it categorically bans … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] vetoed legislation [SB 2 summary] Thursday that would allow officials to avoid performing same-sex marriages. The bill, which would permit court officials and magistrates to avoid any marriage duties if they have a sincere religious objection, was passed on Thursday by both … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] abortion restrictions in Arkansas, ruling that the 12-week limit on seeking an abortion places an unconstitutional burden on women within the state. The restrictions included tests to determine if there was a … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Nebraska on Wednesday became the first Republican-controlled state to repeal the death penalty [Bill 268, PDF] since 1973. Governor Pete Ricketts [official campaign website] vetoed the bill on Tuesday, but after a vote Wednesday afternoon, the state officially repealed capital punishment [press release]. A sentence of life without parole … [read more]

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