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Federal Judge declares DC gun law unconstitutional
July 27, 2014
US Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. on Saturday ruled that the District of Columbia law prohibiting the carrying of pistols in public is unconstitutional. It is reported that Judge Scullin issued an order addressed to the city and police department to end the ban on firearms. However, it has b....... [more]

Seven arrested in $1.6 million StubHub fraud case
July 24, 2014
New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced Wednesday that police have arrested seven individuals on charges connecting them to an international group that defrauded the online ticketing service StubHub of approximately $1.6 million. Six of the seven arrests were made Tuesday, including three i....... [more]

Supreme Court allows execution of Arizona prisoner
July 23, 2014
The US Supreme Court vacated a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, granting a conditional preliminary injunction in the execution of an Arizona death row inmate. The Ninth Circuit stayed the inmate's execution on Sunday, refusing to allow the execution to move forward until p....... [more]

Bahrain files suit to suspend main opposition group
July 21, 2014
Bahrain's Ministry of Justice on Sunday filed a lawsuit seeking to suspend all activities of the main Shi'ite opposition group for three months. The move comes after leaders of the Al-Wefaq party were charged recently with holding an illegal meeting with a US diplomat from the State Department. Th....... [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]

Florida jury hands down $40 billion verdict against tobacco company
July 20, 2014
A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally part of....... [more]

Circuit Split on Concealed Carry Permit Requirements
July 17, 2014
District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear firearms in the home for self-defense, but left unanswered whether it protects other conduct. Writing for the majority in Heller, Scalia emphasized that Heller marked the S....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]

The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment
July 17, 2014
Washington DC had a set of gun laws that made owning a handgun illegal without a special one-year permit. An additional lock-and-trigger requirement prohibited keeping loaded "fire-ready" guns in DC homes. A policeman, Dick Heller, applied for a permit to possess a handgun in his Washington home. A....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down California death penalty
July 16, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday struck down California's death penalty, finding that it violates the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was se....... [more]

Bahrain opposition leader charged over meeting with US diplomat
July 12, 2014
The public prosecutor's office of the government of Bahrain said Thursday that the country's most senior opposition leader and one of his aides will be charged for holding an illegal meeting with a US diplomat from the office of the US Secretary of State. The Bahraini nationals are Sheikh Ali Salma....... [more]

Prison reform group sues Pennsylvania officials over isolation inmate's suicide
July 10, 2014
The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against several officials in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC), alleging that their sustained use of solitary confinement on State Correctional Institution Cr....... [more]

Canada appeals court rules Khadr must be transferred from federal prison
July 9, 2014
The Alberta Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in favor of former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr, ordering that he be transferred from a federal penitentiary to a provincial correctional facility. Khadr, a Canadian citizen now age 27, was captured by US forces after being found fighting in Afghanista....... [more]

Chicago ordered to reimburse NRA for legal fees
July 9, 2014
The US District Court in the Northern District of Illinois on Monday ordered the City of Chicago to reimburse the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the $940,000 spent on legal fees challenging gun ordinances. Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms was overturned in January after the N....... [more]

Sistani and the Jihad
July 3, 2014
JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses Grand Ayatollah Sisani's call for jihad against ISIS in Iraq ... As has been widely discussed, Grand Ayatollah Sistani recently issued a call for jihad against the terrorist organization currently r....... [more]




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