January 30, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A man with an IQ of 67 was executed in Texas on Thursday after the US Supreme Court denied two pleas for delay that same day. Defense attorneys for Robert Ladd said that his death violates the Constitution, and that his life would have been spared in any other state because of his IQ. After Texas ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Several human rights groups, including Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), on Thursday urged the Pakistani government to halt the execution of the first civilian for a non-terror related offense since 2008. The rights groups claim the execution violates Pakistan's own ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Cassandra Baubie
JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Huard Fershee, of West Virginia University College at Law, discusses the legal and social issues within West Virginia's struggle to uphold same sex marriage ...Same-sex marriage supporters in West Virginia?and several other states?went to bed on Sunday night... ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The charges against ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes they will overturn the ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The second highest court in Malaysia ruled Wednesday in a high-profile transgender case that Islamic law is restricted to familial matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance, and the constitution provides a secular federal government. The ruling is based on the 1988 Supreme Court case, Che ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Iran Supreme Court sentenced former vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi to more than five years in prison and imposed a fine of 10 billion rials (USD $360,000), the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Wednesday. Rahimi was also ordered to return 28.5 billion rials worth of goods. This ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Gelboim v. Bank of American Corp. to reverse the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The court's ruling states, "The order dismissing case in its entirety removed Gelboim and Zacher from the consolidated proceeding, ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a habeas petitioner who receives a favorable ruling at the district court level does not have to take a cross-appeal or obtain a certificate of appealability to defend the judgment in his favor on appeal. In 1989 Robert Mitchell Jennings was convicted of ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A Turkish court on Wednesday banned access to websites showing the new cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which features a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The court's prohibition of access to the sites is reportedly in response to a petition filed by a lawyer who said that the sites ...[read more]

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