CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
JURIST legal news archive...




Federal appeals court upholds Ohio ruling on early voting
September 25, 2014
A panel for the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the district court's order that expands Ohio's voting schedule can remain in effect. Earlier this month US District Court Judge Peter Economus ruled that an Ohio law that cut down the 35 days of early in-person v....... [more]

Who Has Standing?
September 23, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Omar Subat, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the second article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Subat discusses the US Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry hold....... [more]

New Jersey court rules GPS tracking unconstitutional
September 23, 2014
A divided New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday ruled that requiring a sex offender to wear a GPS tracking device after he has completed his sentence violates the federal and state constitutions. The 2007 Sex Offender Monitoring Act (SOMA) requires the states highest-risk sex offenders to wear GPS moni....... [more]

Federal judge rules donor disclosure required for political documentary
September 23, 2014
The US District Court for the District of Colorado denied on Monday a request by Citizens United for a preliminary injunction to allow the conservative organization to air a political documentary without disclosing the film's advertising donors as required by state law. The documentary, Rocky Mount....... [more]

Louisiana court rules state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional
September 23, 2014
The Fifteenth Judicial District Court of Louisiana issued a ruling Monday holding the state's ban on the recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside of the state unconstitutional. The ruling comes just days after the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana became the first fe....... [more]

Oklahoma judge dismisses challenge to Ten Commandments monument
September 22, 2014
Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince ruled Friday that a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol Building does not violate the state's constitution. The monument was erected in 2012 after gaining approval in 2009 from the state legislature. The Ameri....... [more]

Missouri court upholds teacher ballot initiative
September 19, 2014
A Missouri appeals court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a ballot proposal requiring teachers to be evaluated based on student performance. A panel of judges for the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District turned down claims that the measure improperly amends the state constitution....... [more]

Oklahoma asks court to dismiss lawsuit filed after botched execution
September 18, 2014
Oklahoma on Wednesday requested that the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma dismiss a lawsuit filed after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Guardian and The Oklahoma Observer filed the lawsuit in August in reaction to the sta....... [more]

Why Every Single Supreme Court Justice Got Hobby Lobby Wrong
September 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Ron Fein, of Free Speech for People, discusses the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision ...The Supreme Court's majority opinion in Hobby Lobby made a serious mistake about the nature of corporate religious claims. But so did the dissent. As Hobby Lobby's case worked i....... [more]

ACLU files suit demanding Wisconsin recognize same-sex marriages
September 18, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) filed a complaint on Wednesday on behalf of four same-sex couples who were legally married in Wisconsin last June, but whose marriages are not currently recognized due to a stay on the district court ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban. The compla....... [more]

ACLU files motion to unseal information about lethal injection drugs in Pennsylvania
September 12, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) filed a motion Thursday on behalf of the Guardian, the the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia City Paper asking the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to unseal court records which in....... [more]




WEBSITES

    US Constitution [LOC]

    US Constitution [NARA]

    Unratified Amendments [Emory]

    CRS Annotated Constitution [Cornell]

    Constitutional Law [Wex]

    Exploring Constitutional Law [UMKC]

    American Constitution Society

    Federalist Society

    American Civil Liberties Union

    ACS Blog

    Balkinization

    ACLU Blog

    Constitutional Law Papers [SSRN]