May 23, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
On Saturday Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by national referendum. The results showed that 62.1% of voters were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The traditionally conservative Catholic country surprised the international community and moved from ...[read more]
May 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. The court held that the officers did not violate ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Comptroller v. Wynne that Maryland's personal income tax scheme violates the dormant Commerce Clause. The question before the court was whether the US Constitution prohibits a state from taxing all the income of its residents—wherever earned—by ...[read more]
April 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The parents of Michael Brown filed a civil lawsuit Thursday under Missouri's wrongful death statute against the city of Ferguson, Missouri. In addition to the city of Ferguson, the complaint also names former police chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson as defendants in ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States that "a seizure justified ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In March 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced the first legal challenge to its Open Internet rules. The FCC believes that net neutrality promotes free expression and the exchange of ideas. Its new rules advance the principle of net neutrality by prohibiting internet service ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The US Supreme Court on Monday asked for the Obama administration's position on an appeal by the Iranian Central Bank over whether $1.75 billion must be paid to families of the victims of the 1983 Lebanon US Marine Corps barracks bombing. The victims' families were awarded $2.65 billion in 2007 ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
More than a dozen former state attorneys general on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to rule Oklahoma's use of the three-drug execution cocktail unconstitutional. The attorneys general argue that this type of execution violates the constitutional rights of three death row inmates scheduled for ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman, of Florida International University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and the University of Oklahoma's decision to expel fraternity members that used racially insensitive language ... The First Amendment, Justice Holmes wrote in US v. ...[read more]

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