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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 refuses to reinstate case of man who went missing
February 23, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate the appeal of Bobby Chen in his legal dispute with the city of Baltimore. Chen has been fighting city officials for years on a claim that the city illegally demolished his house. Without the help of an attorney, Chen managed to get his case to the....... [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]

Pennsylvania death penalty moratorium challenged
February 19, 2015
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The challenge, filed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, petitions the court to reject the reprieve as an unconstitutional in....... [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]

Holt v. Hobbs and the Struggle over Religious Freedom
February 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Smith, of the University of San Diego School of Law, discusses the significance surrounding the decision made in Holt v. Hobbs and our nation's commitment to religious freedom ...In Holt v. Hobbs, the US Supreme Court methodically applied the Religious Land Use and In....... [more]

California suit aims to permit doctor-assisted suicide
February 12, 2015
Cancer patient Christie White and five physicians in California filed a lawsuit in San Francisco County Superior Court on Wednesday challenging a state ban on physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent terminally ill patients. The suit alleges that California's ban violates the California Sta....... [more]

Alabama begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses after Supreme Court refuses to extend stay
February 9, 2015
Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday after the US Supreme Court refused to extend a two-week stay on a federal judge's ruling. Last month a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama struck down the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and t....... [more]

Obergefell v. Hodges
February 7, 2015
In January 2015, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case from the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which upheld state bans on same-sex marriages. The Sixth Circuit's opinion created a circuit split. The US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth and....... [more]




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