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Oklahoma asks Supreme Court to delay executions
January 27, 2015
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to stay three executions pending a decision on the state's lethal injection protocol or until the Oklahoma Department of Corrections finds a good alternative. On Friday the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments by three dea....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage in West Virginia: What's Next?
January 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Huard Fershee, of West Virginia University College at Law, discusses the legal and social issues within West Virginia's struggle to uphold same sex marriage ...Same-sex marriage supporters in West Virginia?and several other states?went to bed on Sunday night....... [more]

Federal judge rules Alabama marriage laws unconstitutional
January 25, 2015
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Friday struck down the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and the Alabama Marriage Protection Act, ruling them unconstitutional. Applying strict scrutiny, Judge Callie V.S. Granade found the marriage laws violated the Due....... [more]

The Evolution of a More Perfect Union: The Development of Same-Sex Marriage in the United States
January 24, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Wester, New England School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses how rights for same-sex couples in the US have evolved...Many of the rights that our society refers to today as basic, uninhibited and fundamental to the lives of all American citizens were not constitutionally....... [more]

Macedonia parliament defines marriage as between a man and a woman
January 22, 2015
The Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia voted Tuesday to ban same-sex marriage by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The law defines marriage as "a life union solely of one woman and one man" and further states that any changes to this new definition will require a t....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on Florida judicial campaign law
January 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar the court must determine whether a rule of judicial professional conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. Lanell....... [more]

Federal judge puts North Dakota same-sex marriage case on hold
January 21, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Tuesday put on hold a case challenging North Dakota's same-sex marriage ban, pending the US Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the issue. The lawsuit, initially filed in June by seven same-sex couples, challenges North Dakota....... [more]

US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on judicial campaign contributions
January 19, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who during her 2009 campaign....... [more]

ACLU settles lawsuit challenging post-9/11 detentions
January 16, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached a settlement Thursday in a case against the US government challenging the constitutionality of detaining Muslim men as material witnesses without sufficient cause. The case alleged that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the US government implement....... [more]

Fourth and Fifth Circuits Confront Abortion Exceptionalism
January 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin Borgmann of the City University of New York School of Law, discusses recent circuit court decisions addressing state abortion laws and predicts that one of the decisions may reach the US Supreme Court...Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important ab....... [more]

An Unexceptional Aspect of President Obama's Immigration Executive Actions
January 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jill Family, Widener University School of Law, discusses Obama's recent immigration executive actions and the Obama administration's exercises of executive power...The push and pull between President Obama and Congress over various issues often too quickly boils down to descri....... [more]




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