August 15, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) have issued reports alleging the use of police force and intimidation tactics to dispel largely nonviolent protestors following the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Missouri on August 9 threatens constitutional freedoms. Following the ...[read more]
July 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The order does not include a ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The New York Court of Appeals ruled Monday that towns can use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, within their town lines. In a 5-2 decision, the court ruled in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, which passed zoning ordinances in 2011 that prohibited gas ...[read more]
June 14, 2014
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Friday put a hold on same-sex marriages within the state. Many same-sex couples rushed to get married after last week's ruling which deemed the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. It has been reported that more ...[read more]
April 16, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
A bipartisan group of US senators on Tuesday unveiled details of the long-awaited immigration reform bill that would remove the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants and provide a path to citizenship. Under the legislation, an undocumented immigrant would have the ...[read more]
February 17, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
A White House draft immigration reform proposal would allow immigrants to become legal permanent residents in eight years, USA Today reported on Saturday. The plan reportedly would also increase security funding, require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four ...[read more]
January 6, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Dissident groups, such as the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, said Sunday that the Cuban government imprisoned more than 6,000 political activists last year. This is more than 2,000 more than were arrested in 2011. Most prisoners are released within a few days, but ...[read more]
August 8, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The man charged with killing six people and wounding 13 others in the January 2011 Tucson shooting pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of California shortly after Judge Larry Alan Burns declared him mentally competent to stand trial. The defendant, Jared ...[read more]
July 15, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Rates of violent crime along the US-Mexico border have been declining for several years, according to a USA Today analysis released Thursday. The study indicated that, on average, US border cities were safer than other cities in the same states, with border cities maintaining lower crimes rates ...[read more]
March 28, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On March 28, 2008, former USA Today reporter and former JURIST staffer Toni Locy appealed a federal judge's holding of contempt against her to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The contempt of court charge stemmed from Locy's refusal to reveal sources in connection with ...[read more]

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