March 9, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Hurst v. Florida to determine "whether Florida's death sentencing scheme violated the Sixth ... or Eighth Amendment." This court granted certiorari in light of its decision in Ring v. Arizona, in which it held that a sentencing judge, sitting ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $40 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on a 236-191 vote, which included amendments to repeal two key facets to President Barack Obama's immigration action. The first amendment, passed on a 237-190 vote, is to block a ...[read more]
December 28, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals published a decision on Monday declaring that Utah's requirement of a USD $1 million insurance policy for demonstrations violates the First Amendment of the constitution. The case was brought by two Salt Lake City environmental organizations that sought to have a ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Addison Morris
Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the ...[read more]
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]

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