CRIMINAL LAW (US)
JURIST legal news archive...




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]

Missouri governor declares state of emergency and issues curfew
August 17, 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and ordering a curfew in the city of Ferguson. The order is an effort to protect the public peace within the city after protesters took to the streets to speak out against the shooting of Michael Brown....... [more]

Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power
August 17, 2014
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on 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. Lehmberg, a known Democrat, recently pleade....... [more]

FBI announces next steps in civil rights investigation in Missouri
August 16, 2014
The FBI, US Attorney General for the Eastern District of Missouri Richard G. Callahan and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Molly Moran on Friday released a statement announcing the next steps in the federal civil rights investigation into the recent killing of Michael....... [more]

Kurdistan: Time to Make Good on a 95-Year Old Promise
August 15, 2014
JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountains, Kurds have a saying older than our country. ....... [more]

Federal judge upholds critical provisions of Maryland gun control law
August 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland on Tuesday upheld two key provisions of the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013 that ban certain types of "assault weapons" and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds. Judge Catherine Blake found that the state's law served the government's....... [more]

AI: US military ignored evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan
August 11, 2014
The US military systematically covered up or disregarded "abundant and compelling evidence" of war crimes in Afghanistan, Amnesty International (AI) reported Monday. The report, entitled "Afghanistan: Left in the dark: Failures of accountability for civilian casualties caused by international milita....... [more]




WEBSITES

    ABA Criminal Justice Section

    NACDL

    CrimProf Blog

    White Coller Crime Prof Blog

    Sentencing Law & Policy Blog

    Crime News [FindLaw]

    Crime Library News [Court TV]

    Criminal Law Papers [SSRN]