May 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. The court held that the officers did not violate ...[read more]
May 8, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring universal background checks for all gun transfers, including noncommercial, online or gun show sales. In November voters passed Initiative 594 with 59 percent ...[read more]
April 27, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in Kingsley v. Hendrickson over whether excessive-force claims brought by pre-trial detainees should be governed by the standard applicable to free people on the street, or instead by a standard like the one applicable to convicted criminals in ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Jenna Decker
JURIST Guest Columnist Christen Giannaros, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the twelfth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Giannaros discusses the Fourth Amendment rights violations implicit in DNA ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached a settlement Thursday in a case against the US government challenging the constitutionality of detaining Muslim men as material witnesses without sufficient cause. The case alleged that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the US government ...[read more]
December 26, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
North Carolina's Attorney General (AG) Roy Cooper announced Friday that he plans to appeal a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that struck down the state's ultrasound abortion law, the Women's Right to Know Act. The Fourth Circuit held that the law, which requires ...[read more]
December 23, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court decision that the Woman's Right to Know Act, which requires physicians to display and describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortions, is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. Writing the ...[read more]
December 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Monday in Heien v. North Carolina that a police officer's mistake of law can provide the individualized suspicion that the Fourth Amendment requires to justify a traffic stop. The case involves the arrest of an automobile passenger for cocaine possession after the ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Emelina Perez
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that a Florida law mandating welfare applicants undergo drug tests before receiving benefits is unconstitutional. The law, which applied to all applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), was enacted in July 2011 ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in four cases on Tuesday. In City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan the court has been asked to decide whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires law enforcement to accommodate a mentally ill, violent and armed suspect when taken ...[read more]

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