JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses whether a racist chant performed by fraternity members of the Oklahoma University is protected under the First Amendment, or the university president has the capacity to act ...
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law on Thursday an amended version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious ...[read more]
The UN Human Rights Committee on Thursday released its observational findings on human rights abuses in Russia, concluding that Russia must repeal laws that limit free speech and permit discrimination based on sexual orientation and race. The report noted significant violations of the 1976 ...[read more]
Indiana's Republican legislative leaders announced Thursday that they are proposing an amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in an attempt to remedy the perception that the act permits discrimination based on sexual orientation. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday vacated a lower court decision that Alabama's redistricting plans did not improperly rely on race to determine voting districts. In a close 5-4 decision, the court found in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama that the decision of the US District Court for ...[read more]
Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Tuesday, urged to must reject or revise proposed laws they claim would "entrench already widespread discrimination and risk fueling further violence against religious minorities." These laws, aimed at protecting ...[read more]
Lawyers for Abigail Noel Fisher filed a new appeal before the US Supreme Court Wednesday, challenging, for a second time, the University of Texas affirmative action program. This prolonged legal battle began in 2008 when Fisher, a Caucasian student, was denied undergraduate admission to University ...[read more]
The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues currently facing the American legal community. Several major cases shaped the course of the debate over the past 40 years.
Loving v. Virginia is a 1967 US Supreme Court case which declared laws prohibiting ...[read more]
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached a settlement Thursday in a case against the US government challenging the constitutionality of detaining Muslim men as material witnesses without sufficient cause. The case alleged that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the US government ...[read more]
Grand Juror Doe (Doe), who served on the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case, sued St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch Monday, challenging a gag order. Doe wishes to speak about his experience and contribute to public dialogue on race issues. In this civil rights ...[read more]