April 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law a bill that allows for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. Under this new method, nitrogen would be delivered via face mask, ...[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 3, 2015
by Valerie Howell
US District Judge Jon Tigar for the Northern District of California issued a decision on Thursday ordering the California Department of Corrections to grant a transgender inmate's sex reassignment surgery. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy began living as a woman in the 1990s while in state prison, where ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order to increase penalties against foreign cybersecurity threats. The executive order establishes sanctions against individuals or entities outside the US that engage in "significant malicious cyber-enabled activity." The new sanctions ...[read more]
March 30, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of Syracuse University College of Law discusses enforcing the laws of armed conflict in an age of extremes... Shortly after three planes went into three buildings on September 11, 2001 the chief law enforcement officer of the US, Attorney General Albert ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by William Helbling
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday criticized the US Sentencing Commission after a federal panel introduced a proposal which would reduce prison time for white-collar criminals. The DOJ objected to the panel's ideas to reduce prison sentences for various fraud-related crimes. Reports ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday sought an immediate stay pending appeal of a Fifth Circuit preliminary injunction against the recent immigration initiative announced by US President Barack Obama that would halt the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. The injunction ...[read more]
March 11, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Virginia can continue to automatically house death row inmates in solitary confinement. The appeals court decision reversed US District Judge Leonie Brinkema's 2013 ruling that the procedural due process rights of a capital ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday dismissed a claim filed by four death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of an Ohio law that provides confidentiality for companies that supply lethal injection drugs. The inmates claimed that House Bill 663 ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Lawyers for Abigail Noel Fisher filed a new appeal before the US Supreme Court Wednesday, challenging, for a second time, the University of Texas affirmative action program. This prolonged legal battle began in 2008 when Fisher, a Caucasian student, was denied undergraduate admission to University ...[read more]

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