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 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 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]
November 5, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC, voted Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana. In Alaska Measure 2, which passed with 52 percent of the vote, legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21, allowing adults to "possess, use, show, buy, transport, or grow set ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Washington DC had a set of gun laws that made owning a handgun illegal without a special one-year permit. An additional lock-and-trigger requirement prohibited keeping loaded "fire-ready" guns in DC homes. A policeman, Dick Heller, applied for a permit to possess a handgun in his Washington home. ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara School of Law argues that the recent trend of states and cities—most recently in Washington, DC—to pass legislation decriminalizing marijuana is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough towards elevating the problems ...[read more]
April 1, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday signed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession in the District of Columbia for up to an ounce. The proposed law would make possession of marijuana a civil violation with a penalty of $25, which is a substantial change from the prior ...[read more]
January 26, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Abbey Marr, Harvard Law School, Class of 2014, discusses how Texas has placed undue burdens on women seeking abortions...On April 12, 2011, I was working as a case manager at the DC Abortion Fund when we received an urgent call from a clinic. Congress had reinstated its ban ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
Washington, DC, Mayor Vincent Gray, signed into law the DC Drivers Safety Amendment Act of 2013 on Monday, which will allow the District Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue "limited purpose" driver's licenses to undocumented DC residents. Gray introduced the bill in May, saying, "the ...[read more]

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