JURIST legal news archive...

Egypt executes 6 men convicted of murdering soldiers
May 17, 2015
Egyptian authorities on Sunday executed six men convicted by a military court of killing two Egyptian soldiers. The men were convicted of killing the soldiers after an hour-long gunfight outside a bomb factory in Cairo. The men were also convicted of belonging to Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bei....... [more]

US Embargo of Cuba
February 4, 2015
The US launched its embargo against Cuba in retaliation to Fidel Castro's declared allegiance to the Soviet Union. The embargo, though undergoing various transformations after its inception, remained official US policy until December 2014 when the Obama administration announced policy changes and p....... [more]

Saudi Arabia sentences cleric to death
October 16, 2014
Shiite muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was convicted Wednesday of sedition and other charges in Saudi Arabia's Specialized Criminal Court and sentenced to death, raising fears of unrest from his supporters in neighboring Bahrain. Al-Nimr has been a vocal critic of the majority Sunni government in....... [more]

Massachusetts top court rules Pledge of Allegiance not discriminatory
May 10, 2014
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled Friday that the Pledge of Allegiance's words "under God" do not discriminate against non-religious people since the language is patriotic and not religious. The case arose when the plaintiffs, Jane Doe and John Doe, commenced the suit in the Massachu....... [more]

Confederate Army surrendered at Appomattox Court House
April 9, 2013
On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to US General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. As part of the surrender, the US paroled Lee's army on the condition that they ceased armed rebellion. In May 1865, US President Andrew Jo....... [more]

Federal appeals court upheld Virginia law on Pledge recital
August 10, 2012
On August 10, 2005, the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Virginia law requiring the daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance in state public schools. Attorneys challenging the law argued that the Pledge's phrase "one nation under God" represented governmental endorsement of religion. In....... [more]

Massachusetts court rejects challenge to 'under God' in pledge
June 11, 2012
A judge for the Middlesex Superior Court in Massachusetts on Friday rejected a challenge raised by public school children and their parents challenging the inclusion of the phrase "under God" in the US Pledge of Allegiance. In her decision, Judge S Jane Haggerty ruled that the inclusion of the phras....... [more]

Ninth Circuit upheld Pledge of Allegiance in public schools
March 11, 2012
On March 11, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the constitution. Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow had challenged the practice on behalf of several families, arguing that the phrase ....... [more]

California court allowed atheist to sue chaplain for libel
October 24, 2011
On October 24, 2010, the California First District Court of Appeal ruled that prominent atheist Michael Newdow was allowed to proceed with a libel lawsuit against Reverend Austin Miles. Newdow, best-known for bringing numerous lawsuits to remove references to God from US currency, the Pledge of Alle....... [more]

Eleventh Circuit ruled Florida Pledge of Allegiance law constitutional
July 23, 2011
On July 23, 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld part of a Florida law that required students in grades kindergarten through 12 to obtain parental permission before they can be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The court held that another provision requiring al....... [more]

South African ruling party leader indicted for corruption
December 28, 2010
On December 28, 2007, the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) indicted Jacob Zuma, the leader of the ruling African National Party (ANC). He was charged with corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering. The charges were later dropped after a protracted legal battle. Earlier t....... [more]


    EGUSD v. Newdow [Wikipedia]

    EGUSD v. Newdow [text]

    Establishment Clause [Wikipedia]