March 11, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Virginia can continue to automatically house death row inmates in solitary confinement. The appeals court decision reversed US District Judge Leonie Brinkema's 2013 ruling that the procedural due process rights of a capital ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court's ruling that former Bosnian guard Almaz Nezirovic is subject to extradition to his home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), after allegations that Nezirovic is responsible for war-crimes committed during ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Megan Miller
In January 2015, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case from the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which upheld state bans on same-sex marriages. The Sixth Circuit's opinion created a circuit split. The US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin Borgmann of the City University of New York School of Law, discusses recent circuit court decisions addressing state abortion laws and predicts that one of the decisions may reach the US Supreme Court...Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important ...[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 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]
December 2, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
South Carolina officials indicated Monday that they would appeal a recent decision legalizing same-sex marriage directly to the US Supreme Court, bypassing the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The state officials have asked for a stay or continuance on the appeal pending the Supreme ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by Brittany Felder
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Tuesday requested an emergency stay postponing same-sex marriage in the state. The request comes after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused to block same-sex marriage in the state. Wilson requested that Chief Justice Roberts issue a ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina ordered state officials on Wednesday to stop enforcing South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Richard Mark Gergel based this decision on a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit opinion on Virginia, which held ...[read more]

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