January 9, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday in the combined cases Ryan v. Gonzales and Tibbals v. Carter that there is no right to stay a federal habeas corpus proceeding until an inmate becomes competent. The court held, rather, that the proceeding can continue with only the attorney. ...[read more]
October 10, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two related cases on Tuesday. In Tibbals v. Carter, the court considered the "right to competence" in habeas corpus cases and whether a federal district judge can order an indefinite stay of a habeas action under precedent set in Rees v. Peyton. In ...[read more]
August 7, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The Scottish Affairs Committee on Tuesday released a report finding that the Scottish Parliament does not have the legal right to hold a binding independence referendum on separation from the UK, expressly stating that only the Scottish people could make such a decision through a referendum. The ...[read more]
April 30, 2012
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Guest Columnist Olga Vlasova, Brooklyn Law School Class of 2013, is the Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow. She argues for prohibiting the death penalty for severely mentally ill offenders...According to Mental Health America, about 10 percent of all death row inmates suffer from a serious ...[read more]
March 19, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in two capital cases. In Ryan v. Gonzales, the court will determine whether 18 USC § 3599(a)(2), which provides that an indigent capital state inmate pursuing federal habeas relief "shall be entitled to the appointment of one or more attorneys... ...[read more]
October 17, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On October 17, 2010, Pfc. David Lawrence shot and killed senior Taliban leader Mullah Muhibullah. US forces detained Muhibullah in Kandahar province on October 16, 2011, and he was found dead in his holding cell the following night. After the shooting, two psychological evaluations reached ...[read more]
February 26, 2011
by Ben Klaber
JURIST Guest Columnist Volker Behr of the University of Augsburg says the European Community has unified many areas of international civil procedure and private international law over a short period of time. Many stakeholders will benefit from the changes and lawmakers worldwide should take note... ...[read more]
April 2, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
The UNSpecial Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) hasasked Lebanese authorities to turn over documents related to the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to a court order released Wednesday. The STL, established under UN Security Council Resoluti... ...[read more]
May 29, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Zubair Butt Hussai: It is with great regret and indignation that it has come to our knowledge that the Danish government now wishes to intervene in the Administration of Justice Act. The government has chosen to disregard all reasonable arguments and traditions of freedom in Denmark under th... ...[read more]
April 21, 2008
by Andrew Wood
John Cummings: The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Baze v. Rees represents a sweeping vindication of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's execution procedures against constitutional attack. The plurality opinion confirms that the safeguards contained in Kentucky's lethal injection pro... ...[read more]

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