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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]

Lawsuit filed against Ferguson and St. Louis alleging police brutality
August 29, 2014
Five people brought a lawsuit on Thursday against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, and several officials for the use of unnecessary and unwarranted force by St. Louis County Police and Ferguson Police against demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown. The complaint describes the....... [more]

Federal judge denies Apple request to ban Samsung phones, tablets
August 28, 2014
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday denied a request by Apple for a permanent injunction barring Samsung Electronics from selling products that infringe on Apple's patents. The Cupertino based tech company had sought to ban the sale of certain....... [more]

Federal judge partially strikes down Utah polygamy law
August 28, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah on Wednesday struck down portions of the state's Anti-Bigamy Statute that were challenged by the family of TLC's reality TV show Sister Wives. The lawsuit was brought in 2011 by the family after their polygamous relationship was threatened....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down California gun waiting period
August 27, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California has ruled that a California gun law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases cannot be applied to those who already own firearms. Senior Judge Anthony Ishii ruled that the law was unconstitutional and violated th....... [more]

ACLU, media seeking greater access to executions
August 26, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Oklahoma, the Guardian US and the Oklahoma Observer filed a lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma seeking greater media access to state executions. The lawsuit cites the botched execution of Oklahoma in....... [more]

Botched executions & evolving standards of decency: What can we learn from Wood's death?
August 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sacha Baniel-Stark, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the botched execution of Joseph Wood and analyzes the dissenting opinion from the denial of Wood's motion to stay his execution, which argued that capital punishment by lethal injection is fundament....... [more]

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]

Ex-Guantanamo detainee appeals conviction
August 21, 2014
Australian citizen David Hicks filed a motion to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly after September 11, 2011....... [more]

Texas governor pleads not guilty to abuse of power charges
August 21, 2014
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to two felony charges for abuse of power. The jury charged Perry with abusing his power to intimidate former District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to step down from her position in response to her pleading guilty to a drinking and driving char....... [more]

Rights groups declare ISIS murder of journalist a war crime
August 21, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war crime. Foley was a fre....... [more]

UAE president endorses tougher counter-terrorism laws
August 21, 2014
The president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) endorsed a new law to better combat evolving terrorist threats, state media reported Wednesday. The law, a revision of the country's nearly 10-year-old counter-terrorism law, would introduce new security measures to counter such crimes as attacks on th....... [more]

Mexico environmental agency sues copper mining company over spill
August 20, 2014
The Mexican Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) on Monday filed a criminal complaint against copper mining companies Buena Vista del Cobre, SA de CV and Minera Mexico following a massive acid spill on August 6 near the US border with Mexico. The spill has affected drinking water....... [more]




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