January 24, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari to determine whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case, Glossip v. Gross, originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the Director of the Oklahoma Department of ...[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 21, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar the court must determine whether a rule of judicial professional conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Tuesday put on hold a case challenging North Dakota's same-sex marriage ban, pending the US Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the issue. The lawsuit, initially filed in June by seven same-sex couples, challenges North ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached a settlement Thursday in a case against the US government challenging the constitutionality of detaining Muslim men as material witnesses without sufficient cause. The case alleged that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the US government ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Authorities in Burkina Faso must investigate the use of excessive force by the military against peaceful anti-government protesters last year, Amnesty International (AI) urged in a report issued Thursday. The report investigated the force used by the presidential guard known as Regiment de ...[read more]
January 13, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Zimbabwe's High Court on Tuesday ordered an immediate halt to the demolition of the homes of farmers who were evicted to clear space for a game park envisioned by First Lady Grace Mugabe. The case was brought by six farmers who sought temporary relief against the police and the ministry of land ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Sri Lanka's new government must prioritize human rights, Amnesty International (AI) said Friday. AI issued its press release in the midst of a change in leadership in the Sri Lankan administration. AI is concerned that the outgoing Sri Lankan administration, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, ...[read more]
January 8, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana entered a permanent injunction Wednesday barring Indiana law IC 16-18-2, which would redefine what qualifies as an abortion clinic and shut down Planned Parenthood's Lafayette facility. The law was barred for ...[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]

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