July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday to overturn a 2012 Mississippi state law that would have closed Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the only abortion clinic in the state. The law required that all physicians associated with an ...[read more]
July 29, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) on Monday introduced a bill to nationally legalize cannabidiol (CBD) oil, or marijuana extract, which has been shown to treat seizures in children suffering from epilepsy. Although the bill, called the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014," does not ...[read more]
July 27, 2014
by William Helbling
US Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. on Saturday ruled that the District of Columbia law prohibiting the carrying of pistols in public is unconstitutional. It is reported that Judge Scullin issued an order addressed to the city and police department to end the ban on firearms. However, it has ...[read more]
July 27, 2014
by William Helbling
The European Court of Human Rights handed down two rulings finding the Polish government in violation of European human rights laws based on the establishment of prison center used for illegal detainment and torture of terrorist suspects. Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday reported that the ...[read more]
July 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced Friday that it will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin before a panel of three judges in August. The states requested that their arguments be heard en banc, but the court rejected ...[read more]
July 26, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would make it legal for individuals to open the digital locks on their cellphones. The process, known as unlocking or jailbreaking, is currently illegal, punishable by fines of up to $500,000 and five years in jail for unlocking ...[read more]
July 25, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Wednesday struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, but he elected to stay his ruling until August 25 pending an appeal to a higher court. Wednesday's ruling found in favor of six same-sex couples ...[read more]
July 25, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday announced its intention to create an international commission of inquiry that will investigate all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Specifically the ...[read more]
July 24, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Two federal appeals courts in the US issued conflicting rulings within hours of one another on Tuesday, as the federal court system continues to grapple with the legal ramifications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The most recent legal debate with the PPACA surrounds ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Supreme Court vacated a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, granting a conditional preliminary injunction in the execution of an Arizona death row inmate. The Ninth Circuit stayed the inmate's execution on Sunday, refusing to allow the execution to move forward until ...[read more]

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