January 29, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
A Texas state judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry. The charges came after Perry threatened to veto $7.5 million dollars in funds if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign her position after an arrest for driving under ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Addison Morris
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the state-led coalition in its suit against the Obama administration over November's executive action on immigration. This brings the total number of states involved to 26, meaning that more than half ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) require plaintiffs to show that a policy ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin Borgmann of the City University of New York School of Law, discusses recent circuit court decisions addressing state abortion laws and predicts that one of the decisions may reach the US Supreme Court...Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important ...[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 10, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on Friday regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Federal courts overturned the same-sex marriage bans in Texas and Mississippi, while another federal court upheld Louisiana's ...[read more]
January 8, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Federal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday on a restrictive Texas abortion law that critics say would close more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is reviewing the law, which requires that abortion ...[read more]
December 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court agreed last Friday to add three cases to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free speech protection allows state ...[read more]
December 7, 2014
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Peter J. Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the socioeconomic disparities that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals experience in Michigan ...In an increasing number of domains, from worker rights, to marriage inequality, to state-imposed " ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A coalition of 17 states led by Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott filed suit against President Barrack Obama Wednesday challenging his executive action on immigration. Abbott sharply criticized the president's action stating that "he President is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce ...[read more]

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