May 5, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Robers v. United States that the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act (MVRA) requires restitution calculation based upon the property a lender loses, not upon the collateral the lender receives. In 2005, petitioner Benjamin Robers submitted fraudulent ...[read more]
October 30, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
Civil rights groups on Wednesday publicly condemned Malaysia's "empty promises" to strengthen civil and political rights in the country. Amnesty International (AI) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) claimed that authorities "failed to adequately respond to many of the questions raised by UN member ...[read more]
October 4, 2013
by Michael Kalis
JURIST Guest Columnist Dr. Robert P. Barnidge, Jr. of the Jindal Global Law School says that Pakistan has failed to comply with its counterterrorism obligations under international law and that this should be kept in mind when assessing the US' use of force in Pakistan...Ubi jus ibi officium. ...[read more]
June 1, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On June 1, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Carr v. United States that the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) would not apply retroactively to offenses occurring before the act was passed. The purpose of SORNA was to provide a set of minimum standards for ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On February 27, 2006, the Utah House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have challenged the teaching of evolution in high school science classes. While the bill did not expressly provide an alternative to evolution, it would have required teachers to present a disclaimer that not all ...[read more]
February 21, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On February 21, 2007, Governor Martin O'Malley testified before the Maryland General Assembly that the death penalty should be abolished in the state because it is "inherently unjust." His push to repeal the death penalty at this time failed, but in January 2013, O'Malley announced that he would ...[read more]
October 31, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On October 31, 2011, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving ineffective assistance of counsel, during which the Court was asked to determine how poor legal advice regarding plea bargaining should impact guilty verdicts. The first case was Lafler v. Cooper; one party's ...[read more]
August 12, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On August 12, 2008, the US Supreme Court declined to consider whether Exxon Mobil owed interest on a punitive damages award entered against it for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. In June 2008, the Court had failed to rule on the issue of interest when it reduced punitive damages to $500 million, ...[read more]
December 31, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 31, 2004, Ricardo Palmera, also known as "Simon Trinidad," was extradited to the United States on charges of drug smuggling and kidnapping. Palmera was a senior leader of the Colombian rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC). Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ...[read more]
November 27, 2011
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnists James Gosling and Sally Buckley of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP say that the judicial systems of states in the East African region must be bolstered through international assistance before the UN piracy resolution can have a substantial impact on combating maritime crime...As ...[read more]

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