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Legal News
4 days ago
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]


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
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
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
15 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] unanimously Wednesday that elected officials do not have the right to open municipal council meetings with a prayer. The country's top court found [National Post report] that reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings is unconstitutional and infringes on freedom … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Monday rejected a petition to stop US drone attacks in the northwestern tribal region of the country. Justice Saqib Nisar presided over the petition and concluded [PTI report] that the it was not a legal issue but rather a security related … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) [official website] on Tuesday issued an order to register a report against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 US drone attack that killed two tribesmen. The court's order was issued in response [Express Tribune report] to anti-drone activist … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Senate on Wednesday failed [vote count] to override President Barack Obama's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act [S1 materials]. The Senate needed 67 votes to override the veto [JURIST report], but the vote fell short with a final count of 62-37. The votes were cast … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama issued his third presidential veto [press release] Tuesday, rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act [S1 materials] for circumventing national interest determinations. Objections to the heavily-Republican supported bill raised environmental concerns, and Obama had previously voiced his intention to veto the bill if it reached … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday to allow the state to enforce an abortion law [HB 1390 text, PDF] that was declared unconstitutional by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] in … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act [S1 materials] Wednesday and sent the bill to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto [NYT report] the legislation. The bill passed the House by a vote of 270-152 and passed the Senate [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the District of Columbia's right to deny concealed carry permits to individuals for failure to show good cause. The complaint names the city and Cathy Lanier, Police Chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Texas state judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss [order] criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry [personal website]. The charges came after Perry threatened to veto $7.5 million dollars in funds if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign her position after an arrest for driving … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Michigan Governor Rick Snyder [official website] on Thursday vetoed [text, pdf] gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) [advocacy website] and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Victor Kattan of National University of Singapore Law Faculty

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision to delay transferring Palestinian customs and excise revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in response … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Environmental conservation group, Haw River Assembly [advocacy website], filed a lawsuit in the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court [official website] in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday, seeking to vacate new rules adopted to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in North Carolina, claiming that the lawmaking panel that developed … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo [official website] and his administration said Wednesday that they will block hydraulic fracturing [report, PDF] across the state. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking [JURIST backgrounder] is a controversial method of tapping natural gas deposits with high pressurized water. The method, commonly used in the local … [read more]


Student Commentary
6 Nov 2014
by Masoud Mortazavi of St. John's University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Masoud Mortazavi, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the fifth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Mortazavi discusses the ways in which professional sports have helped shape the narrative … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The North Dakota Supreme Court [official profile] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion] an existing state law [text] limiting the use of drugs in abortion procedures. This ruling reversed a previous decision by a district judge, who found that the law violates the state constitution. The state requires a minimum of … [read more]

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