October 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The brother of Clayton Lockett, whose prolonged execution last April caused Oklahoma to suspend its death penalty to review procedures, filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma Monday. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, contends that the ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. The court found that the bans violate same-sex couples' due process and equal protection rights. The three-judge panel rejected arguments that same-sex marriages are harmful to ...[read more]
July 22, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Two separate federal appeals court reached opposite conclusions Tuesday on subsidies for individuals who sign up for health insurance through the federal government's marketplace. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that such subsidies are only available through ...[read more]
July 21, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that will allow adults and children suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana. The bill amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children, with parental consent, to access medical marijuana for the same range of ...[read more]
July 21, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A spokesperson for the Dutch Public Prosecutor said Monday that their office has opened a war crimes investigation into last week's crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in Ukraine. Prosecutors are investigating allegations of murder, war crimes and intentionally downing an airliner, and a ...[read more]
July 21, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Bahrain's Ministry of Justice on Sunday filed a lawsuit seeking to suspend all activities of the main Shi'ite opposition group for three months. The move comes after leaders of the Al-Wefaq party were charged recently with holding an illegal meeting with a US diplomat from the State Department. ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Friday upheld a ruling striking down Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled in January that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge in Florida's Monroe County ruled Thursday that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in favor of same-sex couples who had challenged the voter-approved ban after they were denied a marriage license by the Monroe County clerk. In his ruling, ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday struck down California's death penalty, finding that it violates the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A nurse at the Guantanamo detention center has refused to participate in the force feeding of hunger striking inmates, UK human rights group Reprieve reported Tuesday. Word of the unidentified nurse's refusal came via a phone call from detainee Abu Wael Dhiab to his lawyer at Reprieve and was ...[read more]

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