July 31, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker of the House John Boehner to move ahead with a lawsuit which would challenge President Barack Obama's 2013 decision to waive the federal healthcare law's employer mandate without Congress's consent. The measure ...[read more]
July 31, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Schneider, Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 2015, explores criticisms of the DSM-5 after the US Supreme Court used it as the sole national standard to define intellectual disability in Hall v. Florida...In its 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, the US ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Friday upheld a ruling striking down Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled in January that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Adopted to ease fear of the new federal government disarming the militias of individual states at the time of United States Constitution's ratification, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday struck down California's death penalty, finding that it violates the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The office of the North Dakota Attorney General on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a challenge to the state's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a union between one man and one woman. Seven couples challenged the law in June, alleging that it violates the equal protection, due ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Thursday struck down a voter-approved amendment to the Kentucky constitution banning same-sex marriages. The lawsuit was filed by two same-sex couples who attempted to apply for a marriage license and were denied. The ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Thursday upheld two Colorado statutes that expanded mandatory background checks and banned high capacity magazines. CRS 18-12-302 and CRS 18-12-112 were challenged by a group of individuals and entities who claimed that... ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protester-free buffer zone around the entrance or driveway of an abortion clinic is unconstitutional. In McCullen v. Coakley the court considered the questions of whether the buffer zone, created by the Reproductive ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher
A panel of judges sitting for the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling striking down Utah's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The US District Court for the District of Utah struck down Utah's constitutional and statutory bans on ...[read more]

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