September 25, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) on Monday filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) accusing the US government of committing human rights violations in Vieques island, part of Puerto Rico. The petition was filed on behalf of 10 Vieques residents who have cancer ...[read more]
July 19, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reform the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD). Speaking in San Juan, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the details of the agreement, which include creating a new task force, ...[read more]
May 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Puerto Rico's House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation in places of employment. According to media sources, the bill originally included protections for commercial transactions, housing, governmental services, ...[read more]
February 28, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On February 28, 2006, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Scheidler v. National Organization for Women that the Hobbs Act did not shield abortion clinics from demonstrations by anti-abortion protestors. The Court stated that the Hobbs Act, which was passed in 1946, covered threats of ...[read more]
February 22, 2013
by Jaclyn Clifford
Puerto Rico's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law banning same-sex couples from adopting children. The case was brought by a woman who wanted to adopt the child of her partner of 20 years. In a 5-4 judgment, the court upheld the constitutionality of a law making it legally impossible for a ...[read more]
February 6, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On February 6, 1899, the US Senate passed a resolution ratifying the Treaty of Paris, effectively ending the Spanish-American War. The treaty, which was drafted and originally signed in 1898 by President William McKinley, did not officially go into effect until April 11, 1899, ending the one year ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
Puerto Rican voters elected to become the fifty-first US state in a non-binding referendum on Tuesday. The referendum was presented in a two-question format. Nearly 54 percent of Puerto Rican voters wanted to change the island territory's relationship with the US, and a resounding 61 percent of ...[read more]
October 19, 2012
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Guest Columnist Gabriel Rodriguez-Rico, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2012, discusses the ramifications of conversion therapy on LGBT youth and examines the recent passage of legislation banning the practice in California...On September 29, California became the ...[read more]
August 8, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging a new Puerto Rican law that limits the rights of protesters in the commonwealth. The new law, approved by Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno last week, bans certain kinds of protests and includes penalties of up to ...[read more]
June 27, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) alleging that they violated the rights of protesters. The lawsuit comes a week after the ACLU released a report alleging widespread ...[read more]

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