July 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against several officials in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC), alleging that their sustained use of solitary confinement on State Correctional Institution ...[read more]
July 2, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses the case for Amnesty for soldiers with PTSD who received other than honorable discharges... The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan saw the participation of more than two million American service members. Over 6,500 ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Lawyers for Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, asked a federal judge on Monday to release him on the grounds that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses. The motion for release claims that "Mr. Aamer's mental and ...[read more]
February 26, 2014
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Hall of Hall & Sethi, PLC argues that the Virginia Supreme Court got it wrong in overturning the Virginia Tech wrongful death verdict...Following the Texas Tower massacre of August 1, 1966 at the University of Texas, the Columbine shootings in Colorado in 1999 and ...[read more]
February 5, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Colonel James Pohl, the military judge presiding over the trial of suspected USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, on Monday ordered a mental health examination for the defendant to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Nashiri is accused of masterminding the suicide bombing of the ...[read more]
January 17, 2013
by Addison Morris
US President Barack Obama signed 23 executive actions Wednesday and called on Congress to pass stricter gun-control laws. Most of the executive actions are intended to strengthen existing gun laws during what the president called an "epidemic of violence," while the other orders address issues of ...[read more]
December 22, 2012
by Keith Herting
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted an injunction on Friday to temporarily block enforcement of a California law banning mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) with minors. The injunction will prevent the law, SB ...[read more]
December 5, 2012
by Keith Herting
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California on Tuesday refused to issue an injunction to block a pending law preventing mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) with minors. Claiming that the challenge to the law is "not likely ...[read more]
December 4, 2012
by Alison Sacriponte
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California on Monday temporarily blocked California from enforcing a new law that prohibits mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) with minors. Senate Bill 1172, the first of its kind, deems ...[read more]
October 26, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
China's National People's Congress (NPC) on Friday adopted the nation's first mental health law to protect the rights of the mentally ill, according to a report by the country's state-run news agency. The new law is designed to protect the safety and privacy of individuals with mental illnesses. ...[read more]

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