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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]

Guantanamo nurse refuses to force feed detainees
July 16, 2014
A nurse at the Guantanamo detention center has refused to participate in the force feeding of hunger striking inmates, UK human rights group Reprieve reported Tuesday. Word of the unidentified nurse's refusal came via a phone call from detainee Abu Wael Dhiab to his lawyer at Reprieve and was confir....... [more]

Supreme Court rules abortion clinic buffer zone violates First Amendment
June 26, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protester-free buffer zone around the entrance or driveway of an abortion clinic is unconstitutional. In McCullen v. Coakley the court considered the questions of whether the buffer zone, created by the Reproductive Hea....... [more]

Louisiana governor signs abortion restrictions into law
June 13, 2014
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal on Thursday signed into law two bills dealing with abortion. HB 388 requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Opponents claim that this law will force three of the state's five abortion clinics to close. HB 305 bars abo....... [more]

DOJ supports reduction of sentences for some drug charges
June 11, 2014
The US Department of Justice on Tuesday announced support for a proposal that could reduce the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders in federal prisons. Attorney General Eric Holder requested that the proposed law be applied retroactively to felons who lacked significant criminal histories and whos....... [more]

Strategies Leading Up to the Botched Execution of an Oklahoma Death Row Inmate
June 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Spiropoulos of the Oklahoma City University School of Law discusses the tactical strategies of all parties involved in the Oklahoma Courts' death penalty decisions ... On April 28, Oklahoma's execution by lethal injection of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett went awry....... [more]

Ninth Circuit continues to block Arizona abortion law
June 4, 2014
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction on Tuesday, continuing to block Arizona's strict new abortion law from taking effect until the lawsuit challenging it is resolved. Federal judge William Fletcher, writing for the court, found that t....... [more]

Oklahoma governor signs abortion restrictions into law
May 30, 2014
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law on Wednesday that requires abortion clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius present when an abortion is performed. The bill also requires the Oklahoma Board of Health to establish facility suppli....... [more]

Federal judge issues stay on death penalty in Ohio
May 29, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ordered a temporary moratorium on executions in Ohio on Wednesday. The stay is intended to allow attorneys time to complete discovery and other legal preparations pertaining to Ohio's new execution protocol, which would increase th....... [more]

Louisiana legislature approves restrictive abortion bill
May 22, 2014
The Louisiana State Legislature approved a bill on Wednesday that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. If the bill becomes law, it will likely shut down three of the state's five abortion clinics. Proponents of the bill argue that admitting privil....... [more]




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