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California AG to appeal death penalty ruling
August 22, 2014
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the Eighth....... [more]

Virginia official asks Supreme Court justice to block same-sex marriage
August 15, 2014
Prince William County clerk of court Michele McQuigg in Virginia filed an emergency stay application at the US Supreme Court seeking to block the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruling declining to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstit....... [more]

Federal judge denies stay of Wisconsin voter ID ruling
August 14, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by Wisconsin's Attorney General JB Van Hollen to stay the his April ruling against the state's voter identification law. The April ruling found that the Act 23 requirement that all residents present photo ID when voting violated the Voting Rights Act and....... [more]

Federal appeals court allows Virginia same-sex marriages to proceed
August 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday declined to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Citizens of Virginia voted to amend the Virginia Constitution in 2006 to define marriage as solely between one man and one woma....... [more]

Federal judge rules New Mexico city hall must remove Ten Commandments monument
August 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled Thursday that a New Mexico city must remove a Ten Commandments monument placed outside of Bloomfield city hall. The lawsuit was initially filed in 2012 against the city of Bloomfield by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) o....... [more]

Warrantless Cell Phone Searches
August 6, 2014
JURIST Columnist Adam Banner of the Oklahoma Legal Group discusses the Fourth Amendment implications of warrantless cell phone searches in the context of two recent Supreme Court decisions on the issue... Two cases recently decided by the US Supreme Court will likely have a tremendous impact on our....... [more]

Missouri votes on state constitutional amendment for "right to farm"
August 6, 2014
Voters on Tuesday voted on a statewide referendum in Missouri to decide an amendment to the state constitution that would provide a "right to farm." If enacted, Amendment 1 will guarantee the rights of Missourians to "engage in farming and ranching practices," potentially invalidating local and stat....... [more]

US House approves lawsuit against Obama
July 31, 2014
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker of the House John Boehner to move ahead with a lawsuit which would challenge President Barack Obama's 2013 decision to waive the federal healthcare law's employer mandate without Congress's consent. The measure was....... [more]

Hall v. Florida: Over Relying on a Single Source to Set a National Standard
July 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Schneider, Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 2015, explores criticisms of the DSM-5 after the US Supreme Court used it as the sole national standard to define intellectual disability in Hall v. Florida...In its 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, the US Supreme....... [more]

Don't Believe the Hype: The Real Effect of Hobby Lobby on Employers & Employees
July 23, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnists Renee Mattei Myers and Redeate Dessalegn of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott, LLC discuss the effect of the recent US Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. on employers and employees... In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court held the Department....... [more]

Federal appeals court postpones execution over drug secrecy
July 20, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Saturday postponed an Arizona death row inmate's execution until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used for the lethal injection. Joseph Wood's attorneys argued that their client's First Amendment rights were vio....... [more]




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