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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]

Federal appeals court throws out $368 million award in Apple patent dispute
September 17, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday overturned an order requiring Apple to pay $368.2 million to VirnetX Holding Corp. in a patent dispute. The case was originally heard in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which found that Apple infringed upon VirnetX....... [more]

The Man Behind the Curtain: Mandating Transparency in the Military Judicial System - Part I
September 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, discusses ways to reform the military judicial system...For the past several years, the Department of Defense and the armed services have been thrashed by the media, victim interest groups, the civilian and military bars and Congress....... [more]

Female Inmates and Sexual Assault
September 15, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Christina Piecora, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the first article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Piecora discusses possible solutions to the issue of sexual assault agai....... [more]

North Korea court sentences American to six years of hard labor
September 14, 2014
The Supreme Court of North Korea on Sunday sentenced an American man to six years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the country. The court convicted 24-year-old California resident Matthew Todd Miller of entering the country on April 10th illegally to commit espionage, a charge tha....... [more]

Department of Justice releases report on police body-worn cameras
September 14, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday released a report detailing recommendations and warnings regarding the use of body-worn cameras by police. The report, authored by the DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services office, consisted of a survey of 254 law enforcement agencies and how they im....... [more]

Federal appeals court denies challenge to expired lethal injection drug in Texas
September 10, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday denied a Texas death row inmate's challenge to the drugs that would be used in his lethal injection. Convicted killer Willie Trottie alleged in his appeal that the drugs to be used in his execution might be expired, which could result in tortu....... [more]

Federal judge resentences Padilla to 21 years
September 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday resentenced convicted terrorist Jose Padilla to 21 years in prison. Judge Marcia Cooke resentenced Padilla after the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in 2011 that Padilla's 17-year sentence was too l....... [more]

New lethal injection procedures expected in Oklahoma
September 5, 2014
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced a series of new protocols Thursday that are expected to take effect for state executions. Her announcement followed a report issued by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety on Thursday detailing the findings of the prolonged execution of Clayton Lockett las....... [more]

Holder announces DOJ investigation of Ferguson police
September 5, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will open an investigation to determine whether Ferguson Police officials have systematically violated the US Constitution or federal law. Holder determined the necessity of this investigation based on interviews....... [more]

Saudi court sentences 24 for terrorist activity
September 4, 2014
A Saudi Arabian court on Wednesday sentenced 24 individuals to prison for conspiring to attack Saudi Arabia. Of the group, one is an US national and one is Yemeni, and the rest are Saudi. While details of their arrest were not disclosed, the men were charged with creating a terrorist cell and planni....... [more]

Military Firearms in Ferguson and Beyond: Arms Transfers to Civilian Law Enforcement Under the '1033 Program'
September 3, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, discusses the Department of Defense Excess Property Program?commonly known as the '1033 Program'?under scrutiny for the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and concludes that this will result in stricter d....... [more]

Haiti's Fragile Democracy
August 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti ... The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President....... [more]

Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Releases
August 31, 2014
Six hundred and twenty-one detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay since 2002. NPR and The New York Times have identified at least a dozen of the 621 whom have resumed terrorist activities. Of that dozen, two became leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The news outlets acquired....... [more]

Hunger Strikes at Guantanamo Bay
August 31, 2014
Since the military prison at Guantanamo Bay was first opened in January 2002, hunger strikes have been a frequent device used by the detainees to protest the conditions of the detention center and their general detainment. In 2005, one of many detainee hunger strikes produced a litigation battle o....... [more]




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