February 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Jamaican House of Parliament passed an act Tuesday decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Under the new law, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is considered a petty offense punishable by a ticket. Beyond consumption, the legislation allows individuals to cultivate up to five ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care is scheduled to hear testimony on a bill that would limit the option for parents to receive non-medical exemptions from school vaccinations. Sponsored by state Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Portland), this bill seeks to amend the current process ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett on collective bargaining agreements for retirement healthcare benefits. The case was brought by retired employees of an M&G Polymers-owned plant, who sued the company when it was announced that retirees would be expected ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank, of Emory University School of Law, discusses the protection of UN premises during armed conflict and argues that, while critically important, such inviolability cannot be absolute in light of the fundamental purposes of the law of armed conflict...The nature of ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Authorities in Myanmar have taken a positive step with the release of Dr Tun Aung (a peaceful activist, Muslim community leader, and medical doctor), but "should also free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars," Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. Dr Tun Aung was first ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 17-year-old is not mature enough to reject chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma. The teen, Cassandra, and her mother refused chemotherapy after two initial treatments because they believe chemotherapy is a poison causing more harm than good and ...[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]
January 5, 2015
by William Helbling
Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was granted a one-month medical parole Monday by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice for treatment of neurodegeneration. Chen, 64, is currently in the fourth year of his 20-year sentence for corruption. While in prison Chen has been suffering from depression, ...[read more]
January 3, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alleged al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi, accused of involvement in the bombings of US embassies in Africa, died in a US hospital Friday. Al Libi was captured by US military special forces in Libya in 2013 and brought to the US to stand trial. The Department of Justice confirmed his death ...[read more]
December 27, 2014
by William Helbling
The High Court of Ireland on Friday ruled that a doctor can switch off the life support of a brain dead woman who is 18 weeks pregnant. The judgment made by the panel of judges challenges the Irish Constitution in regards to the separate rights between a mother and her unborn child. Responding to ...[read more]

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