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Former El Salvador general to be deported from US for human rights abuses
March 27, 2015
A former El Salvadoran Defense Minister accused of human rights abuses during the country's 1980s civil war is in US immigration custody to await deportation, immigration officials said Friday. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was arrested in Florida where he has been living since 1989. Earlier this mo....... [more]

California legislative panel approves 'aid in dying' bill
March 27, 2015
The California Senate Committee on Health on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow physicians to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths. The approval of SB 128 comes after two failed attempts to pass similar legislation. The measure must now be....... [more]

Former POW and US military sergeant charged with desertion, misbehavior
March 26, 2015
The US military on Wednesday charged former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place." If convicted, Bergdahl could be demoted, dishonorably d....... [more]

Khadr lawyer requests bail while appeal is processed
March 25, 2015
A lawyer for former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr asked the Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton Tuesday to release his client on bail while his US war crimes appeal is being considered. Nathan Whitling argued that his client's appeal is taking too long to process, and Khadr's sentence may be complet....... [more]

Utah governor signs bill reinstating firing squad option for executions
March 24, 2015
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of a firing squad if drugs used for lethal injectio....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule in juvenile life sentence, arbitration cases
March 23, 2015
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases on Monday. In Montgomery v Louisiana, the court was asked to determine whether, in light of Miller v. Alabama, collateral review is due retroactively to those sentenced to life in prison while they were still juveniles. Henry Montgomery is curre....... [more]

New Mexico passes bill ending civil asset forfeiture
March 22, 2015
The New Mexico legislature on Saturday passed a bill that will end civil asset forfeiture in the state. The bill, HB 560, was passed in the senate by a vote of 37-0. Civil asset forfeiture is a police practice in which authorities can take an individual's property without charging that person for a....... [more]

Florida orders new sentences in juvenile cases
March 20, 2015
The Supreme Court of Florida on Thursday ordered re-sentencing hearings for four individuals who were convicted of felonies as juveniles. The court ruled that new sentences must comply with two US Supreme Court decisions. One of which says juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison if they have....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate
March 18, 2015
Missouri officials executed death row inmate Cecil Clayton early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court and Governor Jay Nixon denied his requested stay of execution. Clayton, 74, was convicted and sentenced to death for shooting a sheriff's deputy in 1996. Clayton's attorneys argued that he w....... [more]

Transgender inmate petitions Supreme Court for sex reassignment surgery
March 17, 2015
A transgender inmate in Massachusetts on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex reassignment surgery. The question at issue is whether "the Eighth Amendment prohibits prison officials from denying necessary medical treatment to a prisoner for non-medical r....... [more]

DOJ criticizes new white collar crime sentencing recommondations
March 14, 2015
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday criticized the US Sentencing Commission after a federal panel introduced a proposal which would reduce prison time for white-collar criminals. The DOJ objected to the panel's ideas to reduce prison sentences for various fraud-related crimes. Reports ind....... [more]

Crazy in Alabama: But Not for the Reasons Everyone Thinks
March 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman of Florida International University College of Law discusses the intricacies of Alabama judiciary and their effect on same-sex marriage recognition describing the reasons behind Alabama judges' stance on same-sex marriage issue...Alabama has an unfortunate....... [more]

Alabama votes to keep execution drug suppliers secret, bring back electric chair
March 12, 2015
The Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to keep execution drug suppliers' names secret and to bring back the use of the electric chair when chemicals for lethal injection are not available. The members of the House added the drug suppliers secrecy section to a bill that is currently....... [more]

Changing Venue in the Marathon Bomber Case
March 12, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew D. Leipold of the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses the First Circuit's decision not to change venue in the Boston Marathon bombing trial...The claim that a local jury can't be unbiased in a case of this profile is intuitively appealing. Although Boston i....... [more]

Utah lawmakers give final approval to bill allowing executions by firing squad
March 11, 2015
The Utah State Legislature gave final approval to a bill Tuesday that will allow execution by firing squad if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The goal of House Bill 11 is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become scarce....... [more]




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