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]
September 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A federal judge on Wednesday upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage, saying that same-sex marriage supporters had failed to prove that the ban violates the equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution. The ruling by Judge Martin Feldman of the US District Court for the ...[read more]
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]

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