April 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The parents of Michael Brown filed a civil lawsuit Thursday under Missouri's wrongful death statute against the city of Ferguson, Missouri. In addition to the city of Ferguson, the complaint also names former police chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson as defendants in ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Ferguson, Missouri Mayor James Knowles reportedly fired three city employees on Thursday after an investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) exposed racist e-mails and racially disparate police practices in the city. One of the employees was a former City Court Clerk, and two others ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey D. Jackson, of the Washburn University School of Law, discusses the complexities of applying state and federal court orders to state marriage laws ...On October 6, 2014, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari on all seven cases challenging state bans on same-sex ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Two federal judges on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi. The rulings overturned the voter-approved bans that had been in place for over a decade. US District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves of Jackson placed his decision declaring the ban a violation of the ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed an appeal Wednesday asking the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reverse a July ruling that a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the court found ...[read more]
July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday to overturn a 2012 Mississippi state law that would have closed Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the only abortion clinic in the state. The law required that all physicians associated with an ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Sarah Steers
American history, and the development of American cultural identities, cannot adequately be explained without a thorough discussion of racial discrimination. The following is an overview some notorious, and notable, events. The Naturalization Act of 1798 required that applicants for US ...[read more]
April 24, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans abortions after 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, or as early as 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, passed earlier this month, allows for an exception to the ban if the woman faces death or permanent injury ...[read more]
April 1, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled Monday that the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause mandates that legally residing immigrants be afforded the same rights to obtain a concealed-carry weapon permit as citizens. Judge M. Christina Armijo held that there was ...[read more]
March 26, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday unanimously upheld two San Francisco gun laws, stating that the laws reasonably attempt to increase public safety without infringing on Second Amendment rights. The laws, found in San Francisco's Police Code at Sections 4512 and 613.10, ...[read more]

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