The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a petition asking the US Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling upholding Wisconsin's voter identification law. Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo ID to vote, was struck down by a federal ...[read more]
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-1 last week that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional. The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County judge that struck down portions of ...[read more]
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday after 13 years of conflict. The quiet ceremony in Kabul was arranged in secret due to increasing Taliban strikes in the area, including suicide bombings and gun violence. On January 1 the US-led ...[read more]
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday ruled that a law prohibiting individuals who have been committed to a mental institution for any amount of time from possessing a firearm is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. The challenge to the federal gun law arose out of a ...[read more]
The Israeli army's air strikes on four landmark buildings in Gaza from July to August this year were deliberate and indicative of war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. No one was killed in the attacks, but many civilians in neighboring buildings were severely injured. AI reported ...[read more]
The Texas 13th Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that Texas's implied consent law, which allows officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional. The court was asked to examine the law after David Villarreal was stopped by police as a DWI suspect in 2012 ...[read more]
11/14/2014: UN investigators blamed Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria.
11/04/2014: HRW: Islamic States militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria
10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners
10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria ...[read more]
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey on Friday ruled that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting, a move the state was taking to boost the struggling horse racing and casino industries. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act ...[read more]
Seven same-sex couples submitted a petition on Thursday asking the US Supreme Court to review the district court's decision to uphold Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before it proceeds to the federal appeals court. The petition presents the court with the question of whether a state's ...[read more]
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states.
Many ...[read more]