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Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye [official profile] spoke out [press release] on Thursday against governments and international organizations who lack protection for whistleblowers. Kaye believes that there are numerous whistleblowers who withhold information that should be made public because of intimidation from government officials and … [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]

Legal News
7 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) [official website] last week overturned [ruling, PDF] a decision in favor of a whistleblower involved with the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. James Wasserstrom, a US diplomat currently serving as an anti-corruption officer at the US embassy in Kabul, accused high-level colleagues of retaliating … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown was a presented with a bill [SB 1135, text] on Tuesday to ban sterilization of female inmates in California after the California Senate [official websites] unanimously voted to pass the law. The bill bans any form of sterilization in a correctional facility for the purposes … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [JURIST news archive] on Monday signed into law legislation concerning spending for the US intelligence community that increases protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers. The bipartisan legislation authorizes [AP report] $564 million in spending over five years and specifies that employees who divulge information about possible … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Apr 2014
by Jia Li of Indiana University Maurer School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Jia Li, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Class of 2014, discusses the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and how it may potentially interact with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.ERISA §510 is an anti-retaliation provision that prevents employers from interfering with the rights of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Mar 2014
by Zachary Heiden of American Civil Liberties Union of Maine
edited by Stephen Krug

JURIST Guest Columnist Zachary L. Heiden, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, says that the Portland, Maine ordinance banning anyone from standing, sitting or loitering in any median strip is a content-based restriction that fails to comply with the First Amendment...In Cutting v. City of Portland … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Lawson v. FMR LLC [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the whistleblower provision 18 USC § 1514A [Cornell LII backgrounder] of the Sarbones Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) [text, PDF] protects employees of private contractors and subcontractors performing work for a … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2013
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism Ben Emmerson [official profile] on Monday stated that he plans to launch an investigation [Guardian op-ed] into the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) [official websites]. Emmerson posed questions regarding the political and legal … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] FBI [official website] powers have expanded rapidly in the wake of the 9/11 attacks [JURIST backgrounder], according to a report [text, PDF] released [press release] Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website], which called on the Obama administration and Congress to rein in the agency. The … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Monday postponed the preliminary hearing for the posthumous trial of Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky's defense lawyer was appointed by the court after his family and lawyers refused to attend the trial, claiming the charges against Magnitsky were politically motivated [Reuters report]. Magnitsky was jailed … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Savage of Northumbria Law School (UK) says that taking action to prevent unauthorized disclosures is justified, but legislation seeking to deter leaks should differentiate between types of leaks so as not to silence potential whistleblowers...The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Phelim Kine, Senior Researcher of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, says that the Chinese government's new National Human Rights Action Plan is filled with empty rhetoric and is actually a downgrade from the previous plan...In its new National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP), the Chinese … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) [official website] ruled that the UN Ethics Office [official website] has failed to protect the basic rights of a former UN employee, the Guardian reported [text] on Wednesday. James Wasserstrom, a US diplomat and former official for the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Army Col. Denise Lind on Monday ordered the prosecution in the case against Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] to submit to her a number of files that were allegedly withheld from the defense during discovery. Manning is accused of transferring more than 700,000 confidential documents and … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jun 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] appointed two US Attorneys [press release] on Friday to investigate recent "leaks" of classified information. The investigation will run concurrently with an FBI investigation, and the US Attorneys are empowered to prosecute any suspects as they see fit. The classified information, which … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Army Col. Denise Lind on Friday denied a motion to dismiss eight of the 22 charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] for allegedly transferring vast amounts of classified information to Wikileaks [website; JURIST news archive]. The defense had argued that the charges against Manning were … [read more]

Legal News
25 Apr 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Army Col. Denise Lind refused Wednesday to dismiss Espionage Act [text] charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] for allegedly transferring vast amounts of classified information to Wikileaks [website; JURIST news archive]. The ruling [AP report] will allow the discovery hearing to continue with the official … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Derek Bambauer of Brooklyn Law School says that the increased censorship of journalists worldwide is a result of technological innovations, which facilitate dissemination of information, but heighten the perceived threat to governments fighting to maintain control...Journalists have never been more empowered, or more threatened. Information technology offers … [read more]

Legal News
24 Feb 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] was formally charged with 22 counts, including aiding the enemy, under the Espionage Act [text] on Thursday. Manning declined to enter a plea [AP report] at the hearing. The maximum penalty Manning faces is life in prison. The government alleges that … [read more]

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