May 10, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled Friday that the Pledge of Allegiance's words "under God" do not discriminate against non-religious people since the language is patriotic and not religious. The case arose when the plaintiffs, Jane Doe and John Doe, commenced the suit in the ...[read more]
February 11, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Idaho Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a woman in a same-sex marriage may adopt her partner's birth children. The couple was legally married in California in 2013 and Jane Doe I is the legal mother of two boys, aged 12 and 15. On appeal from a magistrate ruling which denied the ...[read more]
October 24, 2013
by Stephanie Kogut
JURIST Guest Columnist Adam R. Banner discusses three recent Oklahoma Supreme Court decisions relating to sex-offender registration laws and the effects of the decisions beyond the state's borders...Recent decisions have relied on the reasoning of the US Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe when ...[read more]
August 14, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been violating federal law by failing to accept or deny the pending Department of Energy (DOE) application for a waste storage facility at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, which ...[read more]
February 7, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A coalition of rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on Thursday to block a portion of Alabama's latest immigration law that requires law enforcement to publish a list of immigrants who may be undocumented. HB 658 was signed by Alabama Governor Robert ...[read more]
October 17, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On October 17, 2011, the Office of the Secretary of State from the state of Washington released the names of over 100,000 people who signed a petition for a referendum opposing domestic partnerships. This arose from the case of Doe 1 v. Reed, in which the judge decided that the plaintiffs failed ...[read more]
September 10, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The US Department of State on Friday said that former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo should be immune from a Connecticut lawsuit filed over the 1997 killings of 45 people in a Mexican village. The plaintiffs, 10 unidentified men and women, allege that Zedillo was responsible for war crimes, ...[read more]
June 15, 2012
by Max Slater
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Friday that a former defense contractor who alleged that he was tortured while detained by the US military in Iraq cannot sue former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The contractor, known only as "John Doe," asserted in his ...[read more]
December 14, 2011
by Leah Kathryn Sell
JURIST Guest Columnist Steve Simpson, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, says that recent decisions releasing the names of those who signed a petition to place domestic partnership laws on the ballot in Washington state lack a proper examination of the facts of the case and fail ...[read more]
December 9, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 9, 2010, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Commonwealth v. Jerry Dixon that prosecutors can indict "John Doe" genetic profiles in rape cases, even without knowing the suspect's name. Specifically, the decision allows prosecutors to indict a suspect's genetic profile so ...[read more]

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