January 30, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A prosecutor on Thursday argued that a military court order barring female guards at Guantanamo Bay from touching an alleged al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines. At Thursday's hearing on the ban, Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long also argued that the ...[read more]
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]
December 23, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled Monday that Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol protocol is constitutional. The ruling has effectively allowed the state to continue with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates beginning in early 2015. The ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Nations (UN) on Saturday reported that special rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Mendez were blocked from completing a torture and killing investigation in Gambia. The investigation was lead by the two UN experts to assess the practice of the right to life laws of Gambia and to ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the ...[read more]
July 31, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Schneider, Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 2015, explores criticisms of the DSM-5 after the US Supreme Court used it as the sole national standard to define intellectual disability in Hall v. Florida...In its 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, the US ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday struck down California's death penalty, finding that it violates the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
On June 20, 2002 the Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia where it ruled sentencing intellectually disabled individuals to death is unconstitutional. The Court held such executions are a form of "cruel and unusual punishment," which is categorically prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Since the US Supreme Court first addressed the death penalty the 1879 case Wilkerson v. Utah, the Court has struggled with determining the penalty's constitutional boundaries. In 1976 the court held in Gregg v. Georgia that the imposition of the death penalty does not always violate the Eighth ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Michael Roberts
The death penalty has been a permissible form of punishment for certain crimes in the United States throughout the nation's history, with the first recorded case occurring in 1608. The Supreme Court has held on numerous occasions that state proscription of the death penalty is not a violation of ...[read more]

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