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Obama bans transfer of military-style equipment to local police
May 19, 2015
The Obama administration on Monday announced a ban on federal transfers of certain military-style equipment to local police forces. The ban, recommended by a task-force created in January, includes tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, .50-caliber and higher ammunition, and some typ....... [more]

House bill proposes tying human rights to removal of sanctions against Cuba
April 17, 2015
A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday proposing to tie any further removal of sanctions against Cuba to the nation's human rights record. The measure, titled The Cuban Human Rights Act of 2015 and introduced by Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, comes in the w....... [more]

Dutch judge approves Russian hacking suspect's extradition to US
January 27, 2015
A judge for the District Court of The Hague on Tuesday approved the extradition to the US of a Russian citizen suspected of involvement in a multimillion dollar computer hack. Vladimir Drinkman will be sent to New Jersey, where three other Russians and a Ukrainian citizen are charged in a data breac....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down New Jersey sports betting
November 22, 2014
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 ....... [more]

Infectious disease quarantines
October 29, 2014
JURIST is seeking commentary on the legal basis, potential complications and long-term implications of proposed quarantines for those traveling from Ebola infected regions. Potential topics could include: Constitutionality of mandatory quarantine programs set up in New Jersey and New York Compa....... [more]

New Jersey court rules GPS tracking unconstitutional
September 23, 2014
A divided New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday ruled that requiring a sex offender to wear a GPS tracking device after he has completed his sentence violates the federal and state constitutions. The 2007 Sex Offender Monitoring Act (SOMA) requires the states highest-risk sex offenders to wear GPS moni....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds New Jersey ban on gay conversion therapy
September 12, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a ban on gay conversion therapy in New Jersey. The lawsuit was filed by two licensed therapists, among others, who practice "sexual orientation change efforts." In November a federal judge in Trenton dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting t....... [more]

New Jersey Supreme Court finds rap lyrics 'highly prejudicial' to defendant
August 4, 2014
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday upheld an appellate court decision granting a new trial for a defendant whose rap lyrics were introduced against him in an attempted murder trial. Vonte Skinner was convicted in 2008 of shooting his associate Lamont Peterson seven times, causing Peterson's para....... [more]

Thoughts on the Rachel Canning Case
March 26, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnists William L. Laufer, Laurence J. Cutler, and John J. Harper, J.S.C. (retired) of Laufer, Dalena, Cadicina, Jensen & Boyd, LLC, comment on the unique issues presented by the case of Rachel Canning, the eighteen year old who filed suit against her parents for financial suppor....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses suit challenging surveillance of New Jersey Muslims
February 21, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled Friday that the New York Police Department's (NYPD) surveillance on Muslims is a lawful effort for national security, and does not constitute harm or violation of civil rights. The controversial surveillance program, which allege....... [more]

NJ governor signs in-state tuition bill for undocumented immigrants
December 21, 2013
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a controversial immigration bill Friday that will allow students in the country illegally to be eligible for in-state rates to attend state colleges, effective immediately. Christie's administration and the state senate reached a compromise on what has been....... [more]




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