April 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court considers Glossip v. Gross, a case ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
More than a dozen former state attorneys general on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to rule Oklahoma's use of the three-drug execution cocktail unconstitutional. The attorneys general argue that this type of execution violates the constitutional rights of three death row inmates scheduled for ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by William Helbling
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone data surveillance program. Prior to oral arguments, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday halted the execution of Mark Christeson, a Missouri man convicted of killing a woman and her two children, pending the determination of whether the 35-year-old received effective legal counsel. Christeson's attorneys, along with 15 former judges, on Monday asked the ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Attorneys for a convicted Missouri man and 15 former judges on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to block his execution, claiming that mistakes were made by his former attorneys, which led him to lose his opportunity to appeal his case to the federal courts. Mark Christeson, 35, is scheduled to ...[read more]
October 2, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Oral arguments for a case challenging Arkansas' voter ID law began on Thursday, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. The Brennan Center for Justice filed an amicus brief supporting the challengers. Act 595, passed in 2013 by the Arkansas legislature, ...[read more]
May 16, 2014
by G. Redd
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon on Wednesday rejected an attempt by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to intervene in litigation to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban. NOM presented the petition in oral argument, and it was immediately denied by Judge ...[read more]
March 19, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Hanni Fakhoury of Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses state courts and cell phone privacy...In a span of ten days, three separate state Supreme Court decisions expanded privacy protections in cell phones in important ways. While residents of Massachusetts, Texas and ...[read more]
August 9, 2013
by G. Redd
US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr, filed an amicus curiae brief on Thursday urging the US Supreme Court to allow prayer at town meetings. The Obama administration is supporting the petitioner in the upcoming case of Town of Greece v. Galloway. The town of Greece has argued that using ...[read more]

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