December 17, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have granted inmate Michelle Kosilek taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. The 3-2 decision overruled a 2012 decision by Judge Mark Wolf of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Danielle Ardner, Valparaiso University Law School, Class of 2016, discusses how Cleveland police are obstructing Ohio's mandatory DNA collection law...It was 15 years before serial rapist and murderer Larry McGowan had his DNA properly collected in Ohio as mandated by law. ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by Emelina Perez
Brazil's National Truth Commission released a report on Wednesday declaring that state agents engaged in human rights violations between 1964 and 1985 when the country was under military rule. The human rights violations include enforced disappearances, torture, sexual violence, executions and ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday upheld the conviction and 14-year prison sentence of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Lubanga was convicted in March 2012 for the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 ...[read more]
November 28, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The Texas 13th Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that Texas's implied consent law, which allows officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional. The court was asked to examine the law after David Villarreal was stopped by police as a DWI suspect in 2012 ...[read more]
November 23, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Friday released a report stating that the Obama administration properly responded to the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The committee, which is led by Republicans, concluded that there was no failure of intelligence and ...[read more]
November 23, 2014
by William Helbling
A Swedish appeals court on Thursday upheld an arrest warrant to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about claims dealing with sexual assault. Assange has denied all the allegations behind the warrant and has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Botswana High Court on Friday ruled that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced. The ruling was made in response to a petition filed by Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana ( ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
An appeals court in Italy on Monday overturned a 2012 conviction of manslaughter against six scientists and a government official for being negligent in their evaluation of the dangers posed by a 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in the town of L'Aquila. Judge Fabrizia Ida ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by William Helbling
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the enforcement of two abortion related laws until their constitutionality is fully litigated. House Bill 2684, passed in 2012, limits medication abortions to the first seven weeks of a woman's pregnancy. Senate Bill 1848 provides for more ...[read more]

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