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Federal appeals court upholds city prohibition on park Nativity scene
May 1, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a Santa Monica, California, city ordinance prohibiting unattended exhibits in Palisades Park, deciding against the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee. The committee had been granted a "winter display" exception from the city's 199....... [more]

Supreme Court rules judicial candidates can be prohibited from soliciting campaign funds
April 29, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar that states may ban judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court found that such restrictions do not violate the First Amendment. Roberts wrote....... [more]

Michael Brown family files suit against city of Ferguson
April 23, 2015
The parents of Michael Brown filed a civil lawsuit Thursday under Missouri's wrongful death statute against the city of Ferguson, Missouri. In addition to the city of Ferguson, the complaint also names former police chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson as defendants in the....... [more]

Supreme Court: extending traffic stop for drug sniffing dog unconstitutional
April 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States that "a seizure justified only....... [more]

US Supreme Court declines to hear case against Chiquita over Colombia violence
April 20, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in a case in which relatives of guerrilla conflict victims in Colombia sought to sue Chiquita Brand International for human rights abuses. Family members of several thousand victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit in April 2010 against....... [more]

ACLU reaches settlement with Ohio over early voting
April 17, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced a settlement agreement Friday over early voting in Ohio. The now settled lawsuit was filed last year by the ACLU challenging the decreased availability of early voting opportunities in the state as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 238. The b....... [more]

Supreme Court Justice halts ACA contraception mandate for religious groups in Pennsylvania
April 17, 2015
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary stay on Wednesday preventing the federal government from requiring the Roman Catholic dioceses and its affiliates in Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania to comply with the birth control mandates of the Affordable Care Act. The religious groups....... [more]

Oklahoma University and the Free Speech Battle of the Decade
April 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses whether a racist chant performed by fraternity members of the Oklahoma University is protected under the First Amendment, or the university president has the capacity to act ... "You can hang th....... [more]

Oklahoma bill to use nitrogen gas in executions goes to governor
April 10, 2015
The Oklahoma state senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. If signed by Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would be the first state in the nati....... [more]

Net Neutrality
April 7, 2015
In March 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced the first legal challenge to its Open Internet rules. The FCC believes that net neutrality promotes free expression and the exchange of ideas. Its new rules advance the principle of net neutrality by prohibiting internet service provid....... [more]

Supreme Court seeks Obama administration position on Iran bank judgment
April 7, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday asked for the Obama administration's position on an appeal by the Iranian Central Bank over whether $1.75 billion must be paid to families of the victims of the 1983 Lebanon US Marine Corps barracks bombing. The victims' families were awarded $2.65 billion in 2007 afte....... [more]




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