February 26, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The District of Columbia (DC) on Thursday disregarded pressures from Congress and went forward with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Notwithstanding warnings of repercussions by leaders in Congress, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser affirmed that marijuana would be ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday handed down its ruling in Yates v. US, rejecting the prosecution of a fisherman for throwing undersized fish overboard. The petitioner, a fisherman, had been charged with destruction of evidence for instructing his crew to throw back 72 red grouper fish after a ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act in order to combat increasing suicide rates among American veterans suffering form post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The act was passed by a unanimous Congress and is intended to ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies debated proposed amendments to the Spanish criminal code on Tuesday that Amnesty International (AI) alleges will infringe on individual human rights in the country. The new bill expands the range of crimes defined as terrorism. AI argues ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses recent changes to the US military's records review process ...Since the 1989 decision of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Kreis v. Secretary of the Air Force, in which the court ...[read more]
February 3, 2015
by Addison Morris
Libya's House of Representatives on Monday voted to suspend the law barring from office any officials that served under Muammar Gaddafi. The law was passed in May 2013 by Libya's General National Congress (GNC) to ban anyone who worked from Gaddafi, including Libya's Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, ...[read more]
February 1, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday announced a plan to end the country's complete ban on abortions. Bachelet stated in a televised address that she has sent a bill to Congress that would allow abortion when a mother's life is at risk, a fetus will not survive pregnancy or when a woman ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The charges against ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions supported by federal funding. The bill explicitly denies any health plans or facilities that are federally funded from expending tax-payer funds from being used for abortion services. Voting on the bill was timed to ...[read more]
January 18, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnists Elizabeth C. Varner, Diane Penneys Edelman and Leila Amineddoleh of Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation respond to the piece by Walter Olson on Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and counter his assertion that the Act has the effect ...[read more]

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