October 22, 2014
by Vanessa Griffith
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban. Puerto Rico Para Todos brought the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs, five same-sex couples, arguing that Article 68 of Puerto Rico's civil code, ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by William Helbling
The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Nevada's implied consent law, which allows police officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional. The case involved a man named Michael Byars who was stopped by state troopers for driving under the influence ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The brother of Clayton Lockett, whose prolonged execution last April caused Oklahoma to suspend its death penalty to review procedures, filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma Monday. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, contends that the ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An independence vote in Catalonia set for November 9 has been suspended after Spain's central government filed an appeal on Monday alleging the referendum would be illegal. The unanimous decision by the nation's Constitutional Court to hear the government's case automatically suspends the November ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to acquire a warrant before using drones for surveillance. In his veto message Brown expressed his belief that the measure went too far, stating that while there are "undoubtedly circumstances ...[read more]
September 25, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Constitutional Court of Russia ruled Thursday that the law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors is not in breach of the Russian Constitution. The controversial law, which entered into force in June 2013, was challenged by three LGBT-rights activists: Nikolay ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A divided New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday ruled that requiring a sex offender to wear a GPS tracking device after he has completed his sentence violates the federal and state constitutions. The 2007 Sex Offender Monitoring Act (SOMA) requires the states highest-risk sex offenders to wear GPS ...[read more]
September 22, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid on Monday signed into law the 16th Amendment to the nation's Constitution granting Parliament the ability to impeach Supreme Court justices. The signing of the 16th Amendment has been condemned by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) who had requested to ...[read more]
September 19, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Amnesty International (AI) condemned Nigeria's police and military in a report released Thursday for the systematic and routine use of torture on detainees. Although Nigeria's Constitution prohibits torture, the country currently has no legislation criminalizing the use of torture in violation of ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University of Birmingham Law School compares and contrasts executive powers under the transitional constitutions of South Sudan and Somalia ...The veto power of the executive over legislation creates certain political and legal tensions in newly ...[read more]

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