July 3, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Missouri Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with state gun rights that will appear on the ballot next month. Proposed Constitutional Amendment 5 would ask voters whether to enhance the right to keep and bear arms in the constitution. These ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Class of 2015, discusses the intricacies of double jeopardy and the point at which jeopardy is thought to first occur... Double jeopardy is among the most complex doctrines of constitutional criminal procedure and ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Since the US Supreme Court first addressed the death penalty the 1879 case Wilkerson v. Utah, the Court has struggled with determining the penalty's constitutional boundaries. In 1976 the court held in Gregg v. Georgia that the imposition of the death penalty does not always violate the Eighth ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Michael Roberts
The death penalty has been a permissible form of punishment for certain crimes in the United States throughout the nation's history, with the first recorded case occurring in 1608. The Supreme Court has held on numerous occasions that state proscription of the death penalty is not a violation of ...[read more]
June 10, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Libya's Supreme Constitutional Court on Monday refused to accept the appointment of Ahmed Maetig as the country's new prime minister, declaring the nomination unconstitutional. The rejection of the Islamist-led parliament's appointment was not accompanied by any further details or instructions, ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Kyle Webster
In 2006 following two high profile affirmative action US Supreme Court decisions dealing with affirmative action at the University of Michigan, a public institution, Michigan voters passed Proposal Two, a state constitutional ban on affirmative action in public employment, public education, and ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that former governor Jennifer Granholm overstepped her constitutional bounds when she withdrew her commutation of man's life prison sentence. Matthew Makowski was convicted of first-degree felony murder in 1989 for the stabbing of a 19-year-old man and was ...[read more]
June 1, 2014
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Newberry, Harvard Law School Class of 2014, clarifies the current policy surrounding lethal injection law in Oklahoma and explores the repercussions of such a policy...On April 29, 2014, the State of Oklahoma forced Clayton Lockett to have a heart attack during a ...[read more]
May 20, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional. In a 5-2 decision, the court reversed a lower court ruling that granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill's ...[read more]
May 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Utah Supreme Court issued a stay on Friday temporarily halting adoptions by second parents in legally wed same-sex couples. In December, the US District Court for the District of Utah ruled that Utah's constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage violate due process and equal ...[read more]

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