November 5, 2014
by Addison Morris
Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the ...[read more]
October 2, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A judge from Georgia's Towaliga Judicial Circuit ruled Monday that death row inmate Warren Lee Hill has failed to meet the state's requirement to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt as a bar to execution. Hill's lawyers argued Georgia's high standard for proving intellectual ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a consolidated lawsuit brought against various tobacco companies. The 750 consolidated individual cases included:588 personal injury cases filed on behalf of purportedly living cigarette smokers who, as it turns ...[read more]
February 26, 2014
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Hall of Hall & Sethi, PLC argues that the Virginia Supreme Court got it wrong in overturning the Virginia Tech wrongful death verdict...Following the Texas Tower massacre of August 1, 1966 at the University of Texas, the Columbine shootings in Colorado in 1999 and ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Virginia on Tuesday declined to reconsider the court's 2013 overturning of a wrongful death verdict against the commonwealth stemming from the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. The attorney for two of the victims Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde informed the Associated Press that ...[read more]
October 31, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of Virginia on Thursday overturned a jury award against Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) for two student deaths related resulting from the university shooting on April 16, 2007. Addressing the separate lawsuits brought by the estates of Erin ...[read more]
June 17, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On June 17, 2008, a Virginia circuit court judge approved an $11 million state settlement agreement for the families of 24 people killed in the April 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech University, giving each family $100,000 plus medical expenses. The settlement terms required the families to release ...[read more]
June 17, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On June 17, 2008, Japan executed three inmates by hanging in an effort to reduce violent crime, despite Japan's national bar association calling for a moratorium on the death penalty in order to enact safeguards to prevent wrongful executions. The international community has criticized Japan for ...[read more]
June 10, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On June 10, 2006, the US Army reported the deaths of three Guantanamo detainees, Mani al-Utaybi, Yasser al-Zahrani, and Ali Abdullah Ahmed, in apparent multiple suicides. They were the first suicides confirmed among prisoners since the detention center at Guantanamo Bay began operating in January ...[read more]
May 18, 2012
by Cody Harding
On May 18, 2011, US Southern Command announced that a Guantanamo Bay detainee known as Inayatullah was found dead in his cell in an apparent suicide. In 2007, the families of two other Guantanamo detainees who committed suicide filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the United States and 24 ...[read more]

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