January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The state of Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill Tuesday despite arguments made by his attorneys that he was intellectually disabled. The US Supreme Court denied Hill's application for stay of execution, rejecting both his petition for habeas corpus and writ of certiorari. Two Justices, ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Mexican authorities have arrested a hit man for the Guerreros Unidos gang in connection with disappearance and alleged massacre of 43 students from a teacher-training college in Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero. The Mexican government believes the students were killed by the Guerreros Unidos ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Peter Snyder
An Egyptian appeals court Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter in a female genital mutilation (FGM) that resulted in the death of a 13-year-old girl in 2013. The doctor, Raslan Fadl, who was originally cleared of charges at the trial level, was fined and sentenced to two years of hard labor ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on marriage for same-sex persons ... In Caspar v. Snyder, decided on January 15, 2015, Judge Mark A. Goldsmith of the US District Court for the Eastern District of ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International on Wednesday criticized a vote by the Turkish Parliament downing a proposal to lift parliamentary immunity for four former ministers accused of corruption. The charges relate to a massive corruption and graft scandal that began in December 2013, ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar the court must determine whether a rule of judicial professional conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Thursday issued a preliminary order forcing the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed on March 22, 2014. The couples wed a day after US District Judge Bernard Friedman declared the Michigan ban on ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Mach Mining, LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission the court has been asked to settle a circuit split regarding whether and to what extent courts can enforce the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) statutory ...[read more]

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