February 10, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that UK prisoners who had been prevented from voting are not entitled to receive compensation for their legal costs. The 1,015 petitioners are current or ex-prisoners whom the Representation of the People Act of 1983 prevented from voting in ...[read more]
February 3, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the methodology used by British courts to determine whether to mitigate whole-life sentences does not violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bars inhuman and degrading treatment. Arthur Hutchinson was seeking ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The retrial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity was delayed on Monday. Two of the three judges on the panel accepted the defense's motion that the third judge, Judge Jeannette Valdez, should recuse herself from the trial on the grounds ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Alaska on Sunday overturned Alaska's same-sex marriage ban. Five same-sex couples living in Alaska brought the action pursuant to 42 USC 1983 and filed a motion for summary judgement. Judge Timothy Burgess found that Alaska's ban on same-s... ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
German federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged Zdravko Musac, former head of the Yugoslavia secret service, with complicity in the 1983 murder of expatriate Yugoslav political dissident Stjepan Durekovic near Munich. Musac, now 72 years old, was extradited to Germany from Croatia in April for ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Guest Columnist Linda Tashbook of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the constitutionality of the Los Angeles law prohibiting the use of a vehicle for living quarters... Nothing offends constitutional sensibilities quite like a local ordinance that sets police against poor ...[read more]
March 2, 2014
by Michael Micsky
JURIST Guest Columnist Angela Johnson, University of Notre Dame Law School Class of 2014, offers insight into the short per curiam decision in Stanton v. Sims issued by the US Supreme Court on November 4, 2013 which may have created a major hurdle for plaintiffs vindicating constitutional rights ...[read more]
February 28, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
A German district court in Ellwangen ruled Friday that accused former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, is unfit to stand trial. The ruling was based on Lipschis' early stages of incipient dementia, making him unable to comprehend the criminal trial. While Lipschis acknowledges being a member of the ...[read more]
January 25, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Supreme Court of Croatia on Friday upheld a lower court's ruling that former Yugoslav secret service official Josip Perkovic could be extradited to Germany where he has been implicated in the 1983 murder of a Yugoslav dissident. Perkovic, who helped create Croatia's Security and Intelligence ...[read more]
January 8, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Croatian court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a communist-era intelligence chief who is wanted in Germany for the killing of a Yugoslav dissident in the 1980s. Former intelligence chief Josip Perkovic was arrested on January 1 as Croatia acted to comply with EU extradition law. ...[read more]

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