January 31, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN rights experts on Thursday welcomed the January 21 decision of the Supreme Court of India commuting the death sentences of 13 individuals following a finding that their petitions for mercy were unreasonably delayed. The court also commuted the death sentences of two other individuals on the ...[read more]
October 5, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
On Friday, Judge Royce Lamberth for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the release of Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ibrahim Idris, who suffers from a severe mental illness. Idris, originally from Sudan, was sent to Guantanamo more than 11 years ago after being captured with ...[read more]
May 25, 2012
by Cody Harding
On May 25, 2011, the US District Court for the District of Arizona ruled that accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner was not competent to stand trial due to mental illness. The decision was based on reports that Loughner was schizophrenic. He was charged with the shooting death of Chief Judge John ...[read more]
April 30, 2012
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Guest Columnist Olga Vlasova, Brooklyn Law School Class of 2013, is the Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow. She argues for prohibiting the death penalty for severely mentally ill offenders...According to Mental Health America, about 10 percent of all death row inmates suffer from a serious ...[read more]
May 26, 2011
by Zach Zagger
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that accused Arizona shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is not competent to stand trial due to mental illness. Judge Larry Burns for the US District Court for the District of Arizona made the ruling based on separate reports by psychologist Dr. Christina Pietz and ...[read more]
December 29, 2009
by Brian Jackson
British national Akmal Shaikh was executed Tuesday by the Chinese government after being convicted of bringing almost nine pounds of heroin into the country. Following Shaikh's 2007 arrest and November 2008 death sentence, rights groups have urged the Chinese government not to carry out the puni... ...[read more]
October 8, 2009
by Brian Jackson
The Australian public wants legislative protections for human rights in their country, according to a government report released Wednesday by the Human Rights Consultation Committee. According to the report, Australians believe that their country adequately protects human rights, but that further ...[read more]
September 26, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore
The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law this week released a guide addressing the legal rights of students seeking help for mental illness or emotional distress. The report, Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights!, provides guidance to students on privacy, academic and disciplinary ...[read more]
June 13, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Richard C. Dieter: The Supreme Court's decision in Baze v. Rees on April 16, 2008, approving Kentucky's lethal injection process opened the door to a resumption of executions. Since the decision, six executions have taken place, all in the south and all by lethal injection. Many of... ...[read more]
January 12, 2008
by Nick Fiske
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a memo saying that its officers are now required to obtain a judge's approval before a deportee can be sedated in order to facilitate his or her removal from the country. The memo, written by ICE Director of the Office of Detention and Remo... ...[read more]

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