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Supreme Court hears arguments in Texas license plate case
March 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in two cases. In Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. the court heard arguments on whether the state of Texas violated the First Amendment rights of the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans when a state motor vehic....... [more]

Cambodia passes controversial new election laws
March 19, 2015
Cambodia's Parliament on Thursday passed two controversial new election laws that rights groups are criticizing as ill-conceived and potentially damaging to free speech. The laws represent a compromise between the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in an eff....... [more]

EU to stand by policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea
March 17, 2015
An EU official said Monday that the EU remains committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will stand by its policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea. The EU continues to consider Russia's "referendum" and their annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol as illegal and a....... [more]

University of Oklahoma Expels the First Amendment
March 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman, of Florida International University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and the University of Oklahoma's decision to expel fraternity members that used racially insensitive language ... The First Amendment, Justice Holmes wrote in US v. Schwimmer....... [more]

ADF considers appeal of a ruling upholding Pittsburgh's buffer zone
March 7, 2015
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on Friday said it is considering appealing a ruling by the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, which upheld a Pittsburgh Ordinance that imposes a 15-foot buffer zone restricting free speech around hospitals, medical offices and medical clinic....... [more]

Burt Neuborne - JURIST Interview
February 27, 2015
JURIST’s Arjun Mishra interviews famous Supreme Court litigator and civil rights defender Burt Neuborne on his recent book, Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment. Neuborne helped found the Brennan Center of Justice at NYU, has served as Legal Director of the ACLU and special co....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Ohio death row inmates' lethal injection lawsuit
February 20, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday dismissed a claim filed by four death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of an Ohio law that provides confidentiality for companies that supply lethal injection drugs. The inmates claimed that House Bill 663 vi....... [more]

Texas judge refuses to drop criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry
January 29, 2015
A Texas state judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry. The charges came after Perry threatened to veto $7.5 million dollars in funds if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign her position after an arrest for driving under the....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on Florida judicial campaign law
January 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar the court must determine whether a rule of judicial professional conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. Lanell....... [more]

US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on judicial campaign contributions
January 19, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who during her 2009 campaign....... [more]

US House votes to block funding for president's immigration action
January 15, 2015
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $40 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on a 236-191 vote, which included amendments to repeal two key facets to President Barack Obama's immigration action. The first amendment, passed on a 237-190 vote, is to block a 20....... [more]




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