February 26, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The District of Columbia (DC) on Thursday disregarded pressures from Congress and went forward with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Notwithstanding warnings of repercussions by leaders in Congress, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser affirmed that marijuana would be ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Alaska's voter initiative legalizing marijuana use takes effect Tuesday, making it the third state, along with Colorado and Washington, to legalize recreational marijuana. The ballot, which was approved by voters in November, allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and up ...[read more]
February 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday that Washington is considering "additional sanctions" against Russia in light of the most recent events in Ukraine. In the statement, he accused Russia of engaging in "extraordinarily craven behavior at the expense of the sovereignty and ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon discusses recent terrorism trials...On August 7, 1998, al Qaeda terrorists simultaneously attacked the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania with massive truck bombs, killing a combined 224 people and injuring ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday voiced his support for a moratorium on the death penalty pending a decision by the Supreme Court on the Oklahoma death penalty case. Speaking in a personal capacity before the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Holder stated his own views that the ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by William Helbling
The Utah House of Representatives on Friday narrowly approved House Bill 11, which would allow for executions by firing squad. The goal of the legislation is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become scarce. HB 11, which was ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled Wednesday that the ban on interstate handgun sales by federal firearm dealers is unconstitutional. Mance, a Texas federal firearms dealer, and the Hansons, residents of Washington, DC, who tried to purchase a handgun from ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered for a retrial of 36 a Muslim Brotherhood supporters. The 36 are among 183 supporters sentenced to death in June in connection with violence following the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Among those whose sentences were overturned is former Muslim ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
After same-sex couples were turned away from some marriage license offices in Alabama Monday, attorneys sought a declaration from a federal judge on Tuesday to order local officials to issue the marriage licenses. The request was made on behalf of more than 10 couples after a majority of probate ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Allison Hall
In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation ...[read more]

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