December 17, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have granted inmate Michelle Kosilek taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. The 3-2 decision overruled a 2012 decision by Judge Mark Wolf of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. ...[read more]
December 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that parts of US President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration are unconstitutional. Judge Arthur Schwab found that the president's action exceeds the scope of executive authority: "The court holds ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Former head of China's domestic security apparatus Zhou Yongkang has been arrested and expelled from the ruling Communist Party after being accused of accepting bribes, exploiting his power to enrich family members and leaking state secrets. Zhou, once a potent rival for President Xi Jinping, is ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey D. Jackson, of the Washburn University School of Law, discusses the complexities of applying state and federal court orders to state marriage laws ...On October 6, 2014, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari on all seven cases challenging state bans on same-sex ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex marriage to begin in Florida when the stay expires after January 5. In August a US District Judge for ...[read more]
December 3, 2014
by William Hibbitts
Louisiana officials on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to hear a case concerning its same-sex marriage ban. The state's Attorney General asked for a writ of certiorari before judgment, meaning that the Supreme court could hear the case before the US Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit rules. ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that refugees seeking asylum on the basis of homosexuality can not be subjected to tests or interrogations in order to prove their sexual orientation. The court nullified the previous practice of verification based on homosexual stereotypes and ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
South Carolina officials indicated Monday that they would appeal a recent decision legalizing same-sex marriage directly to the US Supreme Court, bypassing the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The state officials have asked for a stay or continuance on the appeal pending the Supreme ...[read more]
December 1, 2014
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Shaun Hiller, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the seventh article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hiller discusses the invocation of silence and the role that it could play ...[read more]

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