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Supreme Court throws out ruling on North Carolina redistricting
April 20, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday threw out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers. The case, Dickson v. Rucho, was remanded to the Supreme Court of North Carolina for further consideration in light of a similar ruling issue....... [more]

US states urge Supreme Court to uphold Oklahoma execution drugs
April 16, 2015
Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court considers Glossip v. Gross, a case determ....... [more]

Alabama lawmaker proposes bill banning abortions after fetal heartbeat detected
April 9, 2015
Alabama state representative Teri Collins has proposed a bill to abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected. If approved, opponents argue the bill could ban most abortions. Nikema Williams, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast has called the bill "unreasonable, dan....... [more]

Supreme Court orders lower court to reconsider Virginia redistricting plan
March 31, 2015
The US Supreme Court ordered the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to review its decision that state lawmakers gerrymandered African-American voters into one congressional district. In October a three-judge panel of the district court ruled that the Virginia General Assembly mus....... [more]

Supreme Court: lower court erred in upholding Alabama redistricting plan
March 25, 2015
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 th....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule in juvenile life sentence, arbitration cases
March 23, 2015
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases on Monday. In Montgomery v Louisiana, the court was asked to determine whether, in light of Miller v. Alabama, collateral review is due retroactively to those sentenced to life in prison while they were still juveniles. Henry Montgomery is curre....... [more]

Florida orders new sentences in juvenile cases
March 20, 2015
The Supreme Court of Florida on Thursday ordered re-sentencing hearings for four individuals who were convicted of felonies as juveniles. The court ruled that new sentences must comply with two US Supreme Court decisions. One of which says juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison if they have....... [more]

ACLU challenges Alabama law allowing fetuses legal representation
March 19, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday requested, as part of their ongoing suit against the bill, that a federal judge block an Alabama law allowing fetuses legal representation in cases when minors seek abortions. The law, HB 494, requires parent or judicial permission for a minor....... [more]

Anti-Sharia Laws: A Solution in Search of a Problem
March 18, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Schwinn, of The John Marshall Law School, discusses the growing problem in states to ban the use of foreign and international law...There is a growing trend in the states to ban the use of foreign and international law, including Sharia law, in state courts. At least se....... [more]

Alabama federal judge declines to stay same-sex marriage order
March 17, 2015
Judge Callie Granade of the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Monday refused to stay her order to a probate judge that he must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This new order states that the Probate Court of Mobile County must comply with her ruling in Str....... [more]

Crazy in Alabama: But Not for the Reasons Everyone Thinks
March 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman of Florida International University College of Law discusses the intricacies of Alabama judiciary and their effect on same-sex marriage recognition describing the reasons behind Alabama judges' stance on same-sex marriage issue...Alabama has an unfortunate....... [more]


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