August 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland on Tuesday upheld two key provisions of the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013 that ban certain types of "assault weapons" and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds. Judge Catherine Blake found that the state's law served the government' ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A Montana judge has struck down most of a voter approved immigration law that requires government officials to check the immigration status of anyone applying for state services. The law was approved by voters in November 2012 by an overwhelming majority of 74 percent. Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The ...[read more]
May 27, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in Comptroller v. Wynne to determine whether the US Constitution prohibits a state from taxing all the income of its residentsówherever earnedóby mandating a credit for taxes paid on income earned in other states. Maryland allows such a cr... ...[read more]
April 6, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Maryland state House of Representatives passed a bill on Saturday that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House voted 78 to 55 to impose civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana. Those in favor of the ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Kyle Webster
Marijuana is illegal in the US under a variety of federal statutes that criminalize the production, distribution and possession of the substance for any purpose. Regardless of this, laws in 21 states and the District of Columbia permit for some legal use of the substance. This ranges from the ...[read more]
October 8, 2013
by Emily Osgood
JURIST Guest Columnist Jess Kyle, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the International Criminal Court's African involvement in light of Kenya's withdrawal... Ideally, the operations of the International Criminal Court (ICC) toward justice would ...[read more]
October 2, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected constitutional challenges against a new Maryland firearm law that went into effect the same day. The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 limits certain assault weapons and removable magazines and requires safety training and fingerprint for potential buyers. While the ...[read more]
September 28, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Several Maryland residents, gun store owners and gun rights advocates have filed two lawsuits and a restraining order Thursday and Friday in the US District Court for the District of Maryland to block the implementation of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 on Tuesday. The act limits handgun ...[read more]
August 7, 2013
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Guest Columnist Liz Clark Rinehart, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Class of 2015, explores the role of reverse jury nullification in the context of the George Zimmerman trial...The response was predictable, even to those who had maintained hope for a different ...[read more]

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