May 1, 2015
by Marisa Rodrigues
JURIST Guest Columnist Harrison Thorne ofUCLA School of Law discusses the role of bankruptcy courts in equity... Bankruptcy law, embodied in Title 11 of the United States Code (also known as "the Bankruptcy Code"), strives to balance the rights of creditors to receive payment for what they are ...[read more]
May 1, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a Santa Monica, California, city ordinance prohibiting unattended exhibits in Palisades Park, deciding against the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee. The committee had been granted a "winter display" exception from the city's ...[read more]
April 29, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Glossip v. Gross the court heard arguments on whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the director of ...[read more]
April 29, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar that states may ban judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court found that such restrictions do not violate the First Amendment. Roberts ...[read more]
April 27, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in Kingsley v. Hendrickson over whether excessive-force claims brought by pre-trial detainees should be governed by the standard applicable to free people on the street, or instead by a standard like the one applicable to convicted criminals in ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture over a government program that requires California raisin farmers to turn over a portion of their crop. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA) and the California Raisin Marketing Order ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that time limits under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) are subject to equitable tolling. In a 5-4 vote in United States v. June and United States v. Wong, the justices ruled that the deadline for filing suit against the federal government for negligence ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in McFadden v. United States to determine what level of knowledge is required for a narcotics conviction. The question originally before the court was whether, to convict a defendant of distribution of a controlled substance analogue, the ...[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 20, 2015
by Peter Snyder
In closing remarks at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov called on member states to implement the Doha Declaration to combat transnational crime and bolster criminal ...[read more]

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