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Legal News
18 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Missouri Governor Jay Nixon [official website] on Monday issued an executive order [text] authorizing the Missouri National Guard [official website] to provide assistance in the city of Ferguson following a period of civil unrest that prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency [JURIST report] on Saturday. The … [read more]

Legal News
17 Aug 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Missouri Governor Jay Nixon [official website] on Saturday signed an executive order [text] declaring a state of emergency and ordering a curfew in the city of Ferguson. The order is an effort to protect the public peace [press release] within the city after protesters took to the streets to … [read more]

Legal News
16 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The FBI, US Attorney General for the Eastern District of Missouri Richard G. Callahan and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Molly Moran [official websites] on Friday released a statement [text] announcing the next steps in the federal civil rights investigation into the recent killing of … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy websites] have issued reports alleging the use of police force and intimidation tactics to dispel largely nonviolent protestors following the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Missouri on August 9 threatens constitutional freedoms. Following the shooting, riot conditions overcame [USA … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Florida Governor Rick Scott [official website] on Friday signed into law House Bill 89 of 2014 [House Bill history], legalizing the threat of force [text, PDF] in circumstances where actual force would be permitted as self-defense. The bill is commonly known as the "warning shot law" and was raised … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist John Robinson Jr., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Class of 2014 discusses the consolidated cases of EPA v. EME Homer City Generation and American Lung Association v. EME Homer City Generation, and the EPA's efforts to address cross-state air pollution...The US Supreme Court heard … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent and the UN Special Rapporteur on racism on Tuesday called upon [press release] the US government to finalize its investigation into the case surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin [BBC profile]. The controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman sparked … [read more]

Student Commentary
7 Aug 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Liz Clark Rinehart, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Class of 2015, explores the role of reverse jury nullification in the context of the George Zimmerman trial...The response was predictable, even to those who had maintained hope for a different outcome. After the jury … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Megale of Savannah Law School examines Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law in the context of the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman...In terms of the law, the verdict in State of Florida v. George Zimmerman is legally sound; it is the "correct" verdict of a jury bound … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection [official website] appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott [official website] on Tuesday began its investigation into the state's stand your ground law [text]. The task force is holding its first public hearing Tuesday morning and parents of Trayvon Martin [BBC backgrounder; … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A civil rights activist on Monday filed suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia [official website] to challenge the state's "No Duty to Retreat" law [text, PDF], a piece of legislation that he believes is too vague and may lead to bias-based killings of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Tim Lynch, Director of the Project on Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, says that George Zimmerman's actions are not covered by Florida's Stand Your Ground law and that Zimmerman could have been arrested and charged because of his actions the night of Trayvon Martin's death...The killing … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Frakt of the Barry University School of Law says that the double standard concerning the killing of US citizens developed as a result of overseas anti-terrorism efforts and is more recently apparent in the domestic "stand your ground" self defense laws...Over the last decade, the US … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris [official website, in French] on Friday ordered [judgment in PDF, in French] French Internet service providers to block access to Copwatch Nord Paris I-D-F, a website designed to allow civilians to post videos of alleged police misconduct. The decision was applauded by … [read more]

Student Commentary
15 Jul 2010

Andrew Vogeler, Pitt Law '12 and Nordenberg Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Private and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, writes about attempts to harmonize contract law in the European Union... Lately, there has been much debate over the proper direction of the European Union in response … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 Apr 2010

Jérémie Zimmermann [Co-founder and spokesperson, La Quadrature du Net]: "The recent decision from the US Court of Appeals is a blow to the defense of a free, open, and therefore neutral Internet, but it is not definitive. The FCC can and should reconsider its policy and reclassify broadband providers so … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 Apr 2009

Jérémie Zimmermann [Co-founder and spokesperson, La Quadrature du Net]: "A controversial bill dealing with online filesharing was rejected by the French National Assembly in a very surprising move last week, at the final vote of the emergency procedure in which it was considered, (which means only one lecture in each … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A Bush administration rule aimed at preventing urban forest fires was struck down as arbitrary and capricious by a three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday, drawing praise from environmental groups [Sierra Club press release]. The rule would have exempted from environmental … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jan 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced Tuesday that a grand jury has indicted former Federated Department Stores Inc. chairman James Zimmerman for perjury, claiming he lied to antitrust investigators about a plan to keep upscale tableware out of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. stores. According to a … [read more]

Legal News
11 Oct 2004
by Amit Patel

In Monday's corporations and securities law news, the defense has begun its case in the fraud and conspiracy trial of the former Enron and Merrill Lynch executives indicted in the Nigerian barge deal. Read the indictment here. The Houston Chronicle has continuing coverage of the Enron barge trial. AP has … [read more]

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