May 29, 2015
by Emelina Perez
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory vetoed legislation Thursday that would allow officials to avoid performing same-sex marriages. The bill, which would permit court officials and magistrates to avoid any marriage duties if they have a sincere religious objection, was passed on Thursday by both ...[read more]
May 29, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A Czech court in Prague acquitted the wife of former Czech prime minister Petr Necas of charges of abusing military intelligence. Jana Necasova, formerly Jana Nagyova, allegedly used military intelligence to spy on Necas's former wife when Necasova served as the prime minister's aide in 2012. A ...[read more]
May 27, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun ...[read more]
May 27, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday announced a settlement with the Cleveland police department, which has agreed to adopt stringent standards over how and when its officers can use force. The results of a DOJ investigation announced in December found a pattern of "unreasonable and ...[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 21, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to approve a bill abolishing the death penalty. Earlier in April Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 in favor of the legislation to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Governor Pete Ricketts, who supports ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of the US Virgin Islands ruled Wednesday that second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples are permitted under Virgin Islands law. The children's fathers are anonymous sperm donors who knowingly waived all of their parental rights. The biological mother and her same-sex partner ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The office of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza announced Wednesday that the men who plotted last week's failed coup will stand trial. The 18 suspects, including three army and police generals, will be judged under the country's penal code. The coup began when leader Major General Godefroid ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by William Helbling
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday appointed Judge Ahmed el-Zind as the country's new Justice Minster. El-Zind, who is known for being hostile towards the Muslim Brotherhood, was sworn in with al-Sisi presiding over the event. As Justice Minister, el-Zind plans to continue to ...[read more]
May 20, 2015
by Matt Belenky
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses revoked in addition ...[read more]

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