April 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court considers Glossip v. Gross, a case ...[read more]
April 9, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alabama state representative Teri Collins has proposed a bill to abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected. If approved, opponents argue the bill could ban most abortions. Nikema Williams, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast has called the bill "unreasonable, ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The US Supreme Court ordered the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to review its decision that state lawmakers gerrymandered African-American voters into one congressional district. In October a three-judge panel of the district court ruled that the Virginia General Assembly ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday vacated a lower court decision that Alabama's redistricting plans did not improperly rely on race to determine voting districts. In a close 5-4 decision, the court found in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama that the decision of the US District Court for ...[read more]
March 23, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases on Monday. In Montgomery v Louisiana, the court was asked to determine whether, in light of Miller v. Alabama, collateral review is due retroactively to those sentenced to life in prison while they were still juveniles. Henry Montgomery is ...[read more]
March 20, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Supreme Court of Florida on Thursday ordered re-sentencing hearings for four individuals who were convicted of felonies as juveniles. The court ruled that new sentences must comply with two US Supreme Court decisions. One of which says juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison if they ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday requested, as part of their ongoing suit against the bill, that a federal judge block an Alabama law allowing fetuses legal representation in cases when minors seek abortions. The law, HB 494, requires parent or judicial permission for a ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Cassandra Baubie
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Schwinn, of The John Marshall Law School, discusses the growing problem in states to ban the use of foreign and international law...There is a growing trend in the states to ban the use of foreign and international law, including Sharia law, in state courts. At least ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Judge Callie Granade of the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Monday refused to stay her order to a probate judge that he must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This new order states that the Probate Court of Mobile County must comply with her ruling in ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman of Florida International University College of Law discusses the intricacies of Alabama judiciary and their effect on same-sex marriage recognition describing the reasons behind Alabama judges' stance on same-sex marriage issue...Alabama has an ...[read more]

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