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The Fifty-Year Tune Up: Two Words, A Historic Change
December 17, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Nick Stratouly, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the eighth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Stratouly discusses gaps in federal anti-discrimination legislation...July....... [more]

Ohio officials urge Supreme Court to declare same-sex marriage bans constitutional
December 14, 2014
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Solicitor Eric Murphy on Friday issued a asked the US Supreme Court to uphold the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decision declaring Ohio's same-sex marriage ban constitutional. The officials cited the judge's opinion that the matter should be le....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on specialty license plates
December 8, 2014
The US Supreme Court agreed last Friday to add three cases to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free speech protection allows state government....... [more]

Mich-issippi Burning: Marriage Equality, Anti-Gay Animus and Majoritarian Politics
December 7, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Peter J. Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the socioeconomic disparities that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals experience in Michigan ...In an increasing number of domains, from worker rights, to marriage inequality, to state-imposed "E....... [more]

UK High Court rules prison book ban unlawful
December 6, 2014
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ....... [more]

Why the Supreme Court's Decision Not to Decide Same-Sex Marriage Made a Mess in Kansas
December 6, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey D. Jackson, of the Washburn University School of Law, discusses the complexities of applying state and federal court orders to state marriage laws ...On October 6, 2014, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari on all seven cases challenging state bans on same-sex marria....... [more]

DOJ investigation into Cleveland police finds pattern of excessive force
December 5, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that a civil rights investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) into the Cleveland Division of Police discovered "a pattern or practice of unreasonable and unnecessary use of force." The investigation, which began in March 2013, was sparked by....... [more]

DOJ to investigate death of Eric Garner
December 4, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will launch a civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who was killed last summer after being placed in a choke hold by a white New York City police officer during an arres....... [more]

Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in January
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex marriage to begin in Florida when the stay expires after January 5. In August a US District Judge for the....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on workplace pregnancy discrimination
December 4, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Young v. United Parcel Service the justices considered whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer that provides work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations to provide work accommodations t....... [more]

Louisiana asks Supreme Court to review same-sex marriage ruling
December 3, 2014
Louisiana officials on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to hear a case concerning its same-sex marriage ban. The state's Attorney General asked for a writ of certiorari before judgment, meaning that the Supreme court could hear the case before the US Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit rules. Thes....... [more]




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