March 30, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Israel Law Center released a complaint on Friday asking the US Department of Justice to prosecute several Hamas leaders for their involvement in the attack on Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport (BGA) last summer. The rocket attacks between Israel and Palestine that occurred this past ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A transgender inmate in Massachusetts on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex reassignment surgery. The question at issue is whether "the Eighth Amendment prohibits prison officials from denying necessary medical treatment to a prisoner for non-medical ...[read more]
March 10, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Pakistan Ministry of Interior on Tuesday lifted the country's moratorium on the death penalty, permitting hangings for those prisoners who have exhausted all possible appeals. The stay on capital punishment was initially partially lifted in December in response to a school attack that took 145 ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Margaret Penrose, of Texas A&M University School of Law, discusses the disarrayed nature of same-sex marriage law in the US today ... Molly Ivins, the renowned Texas satirist, once remarked, "The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly or ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood asked the US Supreme Court on Wednesday to allow the state to enforce an abortion law that was declared unconstitutional by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2014. The law requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at state ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The challenge, filed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, petitions the court to reject the reprieve as an unconstitutional ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to rule on same-sex marriage, granting certiorari in four cases. The court consolidated appeals from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee after the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld bans in those states. The court limited the petitions to the ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a habeas petitioner who receives a favorable ruling at the district court level does not have to take a cross-appeal or obtain a certificate of appealability to defend the judgment in his favor on appeal. In 1989 Robert Mitchell Jennings was convicted of ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court decided Monday not to take on a case to review Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The ban was upheld by a federal trial judge in New Orleans in September. The couples were seeking to bypass the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Supreme Court denied the ...[read more]
January 4, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The governor of Idaho and his Attorney General on Saturday separately filed petitions to the US Supreme Court to appeal a court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in Idaho. The petitions appeal an October decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that struck down same-sex ...[read more]

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