August 6, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Voters on Tuesday voted on a statewide referendum in Missouri to decide an amendment to the state constitution that would provide a "right to farm." If enacted, Amendment 1 will guarantee the rights of Missourians to "engage in farming and ranching practices," potentially invalidating local and ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Since the US Supreme Court first addressed the death penalty the 1879 case Wilkerson v. Utah, the Court has struggled with determining the penalty's constitutional boundaries. In 1976 the court held in Gregg v. Georgia that the imposition of the death penalty does not always violate the Eighth ...[read more]
June 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, ...[read more]
April 28, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Church of Christ (UCC) on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban on the grounds that it restricts freedom of religion. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of UCC reverends and same-sex ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Paul M. Smith of Jenner & Block discusses the recent oral arguments in Hall v. Florida...In 2002, the US Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia that the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment contained in the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by eight New Yorkers claiming that Chinese search engineBaidu's algorithms illegally block political speech. The plaintiffs, writers and video producers, claimed that the search engine ...[read more]
March 26, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday unanimously upheld two San Francisco gun laws, stating that the laws reasonably attempt to increase public safety without infringing on Second Amendment rights. The laws, found in San Francisco's Police Code at Sections 4512 and 613.10, ...[read more]
March 23, 2014
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Assistant Editor Brent Nesbitt, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the search incident to arrest exception to the Fourth Amendment in United States v. Wurie...On Tuesday, April 29, the US Supreme Court will hear argument in the case of United States v. Wurie ...[read more]
March 23, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law considers the life and times of the late First Amendment advocate-antagonist Fred Phelps ...JURIST has previously examined the strident First Amendment struggles of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), founded in Topeka, KS in 1955, that ...[read more]
March 20, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Thailand's anti-graft commission indicted Senate President Nikom Wairatpanij for alleged wrongdoing when he ended the debate on a bill to amend the Thai constitution even though members still wanted to discuss the bill further. Wairatpanij has been accused of malfeasance for not being neutral ...[read more]

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