January 30, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Addison Morris
A jury in the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Monday convicted former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Jeffrey Sterling of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling was found guilty on all nine of his charges, including acting as a CIA mole and supplying a journalist with ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on marriage for same-sex persons ... In Caspar v. Snyder, decided on January 15, 2015, Judge Mark A. Goldsmith of the US District Court for the Eastern District of ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Thursday issued a preliminary order forcing the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed on March 22, 2014. The couples wed a day after US District Judge Bernard Friedman declared the Michigan ban on ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Thursday reduced the maximum fine that BP will face under the Clean Water Act after he ruled that the size of the offshore oil spill was smaller than what the US government claimed. In the opinion, Federal Judge Carl ...[read more]
January 8, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday upheld a New York state rule barring unimmunized children from public schools. On the district court level, Judge William Kuntz II of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of the ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced a man to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war. Mobarak Hossain was a former commander of a collaborators' group of the Pakistani army. Hossian was convicted of killing 33 civilians in the eastern Bangladeshi ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday struck down a Michigan law limiting the benefits received by same-sex partners in local government and public schools. Judge David Lawson blocked the law more than a year ago with an injunction. Seven months after ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday urged that the newly approved plan to resolve Detroit's bankruptcy be implemented as soon as possible. The plan, which was approved on Friday by US Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, will cut seven of the city's 18 ...[read more]

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