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Burt Neuborne - JURIST Interview
February 27, 2015
JURIST?s Arjun Mishra interviews famous Supreme Court litigator and civil rights defender Burt Neuborne on his recent book, Madison?s Music: On Reading the First Amendment. Neuborne helped found the Brennan Center of Justice at NYU, has served as Legal Director of the ACLU and special co....... [more]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on religious accommodation, attorney compensation
February 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in two cases. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., the court heard arguments on whether an employer can be liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for declining to hire an applicant....... [more]

Arkansas bill prohibiting local anti-discrimination ordinances becomes law
February 24, 2015
An Arkansas enacted a bill that prohibits cities and local governments from establishing ordinances with anti-discrimination codes became law Monday when Asa Hutchinson declined to veto it. Critics had called for a veto, as the legislation prohibits local governments from enacting laws to protect le....... [more]

Sri Lanka parliament enacts witness protection law
February 20, 2015
The Sri Lankan Parliament on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and investigatory authorities; p....... [more]

Texas supreme court issues order blocking same-sex marriage
February 20, 2015
The Supreme Court of Texas on Thursday granted an emergency stay of two trial court decisions in Travis County, which held that an amendment to Texas's constitution banning same-sex marriage violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Consti....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Ohio death row inmates' lethal injection lawsuit
February 20, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday dismissed a claim filed by four death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of an Ohio law that provides confidentiality for companies that supply lethal injection drugs. The inmates claimed that House Bill 663 vi....... [more]

Arizona reaches settlement in prisoner health care case
February 20, 2015
A federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a class action lawsuit over the health care system within Arizona prisons. The agreement requires the ADC to meet more than 100 health car....... [more]

Why Collection of Arrestee DNA Violates the Fourth Amendment
February 18, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Christen Giannaros, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the twelfth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Giannaros discusses the Fourth Amendment rights violations implicit in DNA collectio....... [more]

Will Florida Mark the Path for Acceptance of Same-Sex Marriage in the Deep South?
February 18, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Brittney Millay, New England Law| Boston, Class of 2016, discusses how recent developments in the southern US could affect same-sex couples...After a long and drawn out battle, a state judge in Miami-Dade County lifted a temporary ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first....... [more]

Texas judge rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
February 18, 2015
A Texas county judge ruled Tuesday that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The ruling came in the case of an Austin woman who is seeking recognition of her marriage after the death of her same-sex spouse so that she can be entitled to the estate. Travis County Probate Judge Guy H....... [more]

Arkansas legislature passes bill that could allow increased LGBT discrimination
February 14, 2015
The Arkansas legislature on Friday passed a bill that would prohibit local governments from enacting laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals from discrimination. The proposed purpose of the bill is to improve intrastate commerce by ensuring that businesses in the st....... [more]




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