October 9, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Lawmakers in South Sudan on Wednesday passed a controversial bill that gives security forces the right to arrest suspected criminals without a warrant. The bill was passed into law in its fourth reading after a three-hour debate. The leader of the minority Sudan People's Liberation Movement- ...[read more]
July 31, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Airlines for America (A4A) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) have filed a petition in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, asking the court to review an Interim Final Rule promulgated by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). The petition alleges that in the rule... ...[read more]
July 27, 2014
by William Helbling
US Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. on Saturday ruled that the District of Columbia law prohibiting the carrying of pistols in public is unconstitutional. It is reported that Judge Scullin issued an order addressed to the city and police department to end the ban on firearms. However, it has ...[read more]
July 24, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Two federal appeals courts in the US issued conflicting rulings within hours of one another on Tuesday, as the federal court system continues to grapple with the legal ramifications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The most recent legal debate with the PPACA surrounds ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Washington DC had a set of gun laws that made owning a handgun illegal without a special one-year permit. An additional lock-and-trigger requirement prohibited keeping loaded "fire-ready" guns in DC homes. A policeman, Dick Heller, applied for a permit to possess a handgun in his Washington home. ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara School of Law argues that the recent trend of states and cities?most recently in Washington, DC?to pass legislation decriminalizing marijuana is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough towards elevating the problems an... ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the district court properly dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of the US House of Representatives and the organization Common Cause challenging the "filibuster" rules of the US Senate. The plaintiffs in the ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Tuesday granted drug company Zogenix a preliminary injunction against a state-wide ban of the drug Zohydro. Judge Rya Zobel stated that because Zohydro's use had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this ...[read more]
April 1, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday signed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession in the District of Columbia for up to an ounce. The proposed law would make possession of marijuana a civil violation with a penalty of $25, which is a substantial change from the prior ...[read more]
January 26, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Abbey Marr, Harvard Law School, Class of 2014, discusses how Texas has placed undue burdens on women seeking abortions...On April 12, 2011, I was working as a case manager at the DC Abortion Fund when we received an urgent call from a clinic. Congress had reinstated its ban ...[read more]

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