May 26, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to rule in a major voter equality case, noting jurisdiction in Evenwel v. Abbott. The question presented is: "whether the 'one-person, one-vote' principle of the Fourteenth Amendment creates a judicially enforceable right ensuring that the districting process ...[read more]
May 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian's trial began on Tuesday in Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Court with a hearing that was closed to the public. Rezaian, a US-Iranian dual citizen has been detained in Iran for 10 months on charges of espionage and giving information to hostile ...[read more]
May 23, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
On Saturday Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by national referendum. The results showed that 62.1% of voters were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The traditionally conservative Catholic country surprised the international community and moved from ...[read more]
May 22, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Caroline Mala Corbin, of University of Miami School of Law, discusses whether filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption is a substantial burden on religious liberty... Does filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption from a law constitute a ...[read more]
May 22, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A military court in Israel on Thursday ordered Palestinian lawmaker, Khalida Jarrar, be released on bail. Under the terms of her release, she is to pay a 20,000-shekel (USD $5,000) bond with a third-party guarantee. She is to be held three additional days pending a possible appeal. Jarrar, a ...[read more]
May 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Michigan on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of six Michigan transgender individuals against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson challenging a state policy that they claim makes it nearly impossible for transgender individuals to change ...[read more]
May 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to approve a bill abolishing the death penalty. Earlier in April Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 in favor of the legislation to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Governor Pete Ricketts, who supports ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of the US Virgin Islands ruled Wednesday that second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples are permitted under Virgin Islands law. The children's fathers are anonymous sperm donors who knowingly waived all of their parental rights. The biological mother and her same-sex partner ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by William Helbling
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday appointed Judge Ahmed el-Zind as the country's new Justice Minster. El-Zind, who is known for being hostile towards the Muslim Brotherhood, was sworn in with al-Sisi presiding over the event. As Justice Minister, el-Zind plans to continue to ...[read more]

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