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Supreme Court to review Oklahoma death penalty protocols
January 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari to determine whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case, Glossip v. Gross, originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Correc....... [more]

US House approves bill restricting abortion funding
January 23, 2015
The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions supported by federal funding. The bill explicitly denies any health plans or facilities that are federally funded from expending tax-payer funds from being used for abortion services. Voting on the bill was timed to c....... [more]

California lawmakers propose assisted suicide bill
January 22, 2015
Two Democratic state senators in California introduced a bill on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide and modeled the bill after the physician-assisted suicide law enacted by voters in Oregon in 1994. The bill would require two doctors to confirm that the patient has six months or less to live bef....... [more]

Amnesty urges Myanmar to release all prisoners of conscience following activist's release
January 20, 2015
Authorities in Myanmar have taken a positive step with the release of Dr Tun Aung (a peaceful activist, Muslim community leader, and medical doctor), but "should also free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars," Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. Dr Tun Aung was first i....... [more]

Execution of drug traffickers in Indonesia sparks international condemnation
January 19, 2015
Brazil and the Netherlands on Sunday recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia after an Indonesian firing sqaud executed six convicted drug traffickers, sparking international condemnation from human rights groups and foreign leaders. The executions took place in Jakarta, Indonesia and are the resul....... [more]

Six drug smugglers executed in Indonesia
January 18, 2015
The Indonesian government on Saturday executed six people convicted of drug trafficking. Ignoring last minute diplomatic pleas by foreign leaders, the six drug smugglers, including five foreigners, were executed by firing squad shortly after midnight. The foreign convicts were from Nigeria, Malawi....... [more]

Fourth and Fifth Circuits Confront Abortion Exceptionalism
January 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin Borgmann of the City University of New York School of Law, discusses recent circuit court decisions addressing state abortion laws and predicts that one of the decisions may reach the US Supreme Court...Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important ab....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on Immigration and Nationality Act, bankruptcy court jurisdiction
January 14, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Mellouli v. Holder the court heard arguments on whether the government should be required to prove a connection between a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance as defined by congress in order to....... [more]

Ohio to change lethal injections drug protocol
January 9, 2015
Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) announced Thursday that it is revising its execution protocol to no longer use the two-drug combination that caused the troubling 26-minute execution of Dennis McGuire last January. Ohio was scrutinized after the state executed McGuire with an....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments on Texas abortion law
January 8, 2015
Federal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday on a restrictive Texas abortion law that critics say would close more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is reviewing the law, which requires that abortion cli....... [more]

Federal judge enters final ruling on Indiana abortion clinic law
January 8, 2015
Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana entered a permanent injunction Wednesday barring Indiana law IC 16-18-2, which would redefine what qualifies as an abortion clinic and shut down Planned Parenthood's Lafayette facility. The law was barred for im....... [more]




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