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Iowa Supreme Court: Mother needed court approval of vasectomy for mentally disabled son
April 19, 2014
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that an Iowa mother should have sought court approval before arranging a vasectomy for her mentally disabled son. The court held unanimously that a vasectomy is a "major elective surgery," as well as a "nonemergency major medical procedure" that required court....... [more]

Netherlands high court bans pedophile group
April 18, 2014
The Supreme Court of The Netherlands on Friday banned an online group, "Martijn," that advocates for the legalization of pedophilia. The court held that the dangers of pedophilia are too great to allow the group to continue. This is because, the court reasoned, children are particularly vulnerable....... [more]

Diplomats promise amnesty for Ukraine protesters
April 18, 2014
Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU on Thursday issued a joint statement on the situation in Ukraine after a Ukrainian military base was attacked in an act of increasing violence between government troops and pro-Russia militias. The statement promises amnesty "to protesters and to those who have lef....... [more]

A New Approach to Marijuana Regulation: In Support of a Potency Tax
April 17, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara School of Law argues that the recent trend of states and cities?most recently in Washington, DC?to pass legislation decriminalizing marijuana is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough towards elevating the problems an....... [more]

Judge upholds New York state gun law
April 17, 2014
A trial judge for the Supreme Court of New York dismissed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging the state's strict gun laws. The plaintiffs, a group of gun rights activists, argued that the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE Act) infringes upon rights granted by the st....... [more]

The Stolen Valor Problem: Bringing Clarity to Speech Restrictions for False Claims of Military Honors
April 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Hommel, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2014, is the author of the ninth article in a ten-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hommel discusses false identification of military personnel who have engaged in....... [more]

Iraq government temporarily closes Abu Ghraib prison
April 16, 2014
The Iraqi Justice Ministry on Tuesday temporarily closed Abu Ghraib prison due to security concerns. Reports indicate that Iraqi authorities are concerned about the growing power of a Sunni-backed insurgency within the Anbar province, in close proximity to the prison grounds. A government official r....... [more]

NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance program
April 16, 2014
The new commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) William Bratton announced Wednesday the disbanding of a surveillance unit used to spy on Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit, established in 2003, utilized plainclothes detectives to map communities both inside and outside New Yor....... [more]

Army general denies Chelsea Manning's request for clemency
April 14, 2014
US Army Major General Jeffery S. Buchanan on Monday upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and prison sentence for turning over classified information to WikiLeaks. Manning is currently serving her 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and she could be released as early as Febru....... [more]

Iran to sue US over UN nominee's visa denial
April 14, 2014
A foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that Iran plans to sue the US over its refusal to grant an entry visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly-proposed ambassador to the United Nations (UN). As the UN is based in New York, this US decision bars the nominee from taking up and carrying out....... [more]

Iran court overturns death sentence for ex-Marine
April 13, 2014
An Iranian appeals court on Saturday overturned the death sentence of ex-Marine Amir Hekmati who was convicted of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011. Saturday's ruling decreased Hekmati's sentence to 10 years in prison. Hekmati is a dual US-Iranian citizen who was arrested i....... [more]

HP offers $108 million to settle bribery charges by SEC, DOJ
April 10, 2014
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday charged Hewlett-Packard (HP) with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by making improper payments to various government officials in order to obtain or keep contracts within certain countries. The US Department of Justice (D....... [more]

Obama to sign executive actions targeting gender wage gap
April 9, 2014
US President Barrack Obama said Tuesday that he will be signing two executive actions aimed at helping combat pay discrimination between men and women. According to the White House's press release, US Census statistics show, "on average, full-time working women still earn 77 cents to every dollar ea....... [more]

Stop, Question and Frisk
April 8, 2014
02/07/2014: NYC police unions pursued stop and frisk appeal. 01/31/2014: New York mayor dropped appeal to stop and frisk reform. 11/22/2013: Federal appeals court upheld stop and frisk ruling. 10/31/2013: Federal appeals court blocked NYPD stop and frisk changes. 09/17/2013: Federal judge reject....... [more]

Litigation
April 8, 2014
In 1999, unarmed Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by the New York City Police Department's Street Crimes Unit. His death incited community outrage on the issue of policing and race. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a nonprofit legal organization devoted to defending constitutional rights....... [more]




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