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Maryland lawmakers pass bill to decriminalize marijuana
April 6, 2014
The Maryland state House of Representatives passed a bill on Saturday that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House voted 78 to 55 to impose civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana. Those in favor of the bil....... [more]

States and Marijuana
November 1, 2013
Marijuana is illegal in the US under a variety of federal statutes that criminalize the production, distribution and possession of the substance for any purpose. Regardless of this, laws in 21 states and the District of Columbia permit for some legal use of the substance. This ranges from the legali....... [more]

Kenya's ICC Withdrawal: The Wrong Face for ICC-Africa Relationship Debates
October 8, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Jess Kyle, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the International Criminal Court's African involvement in light of Kenya's withdrawal... Ideally, the operations of the International Criminal Court (ICC) toward justice would reinforce....... [more]

Federal judge rejects challenges to Maryland firearm law
October 2, 2013
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected constitutional challenges against a new Maryland firearm law that went into effect the same day. The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 limits certain assault weapons and removable magazines and requires safety training and fingerprint for potential buyers. While the rece....... [more]

Gun rights advocates challenge Maryland firearm safety law
September 28, 2013
Several Maryland residents, gun store owners and gun rights advocates have filed two lawsuits and a restraining order Thursday and Friday in the US District Court for the District of Maryland to block the implementation of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 on Tuesday. The act limits handgun magazines....... [more]

The Zimmerman Verdict and Jury Nullification
August 7, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Liz Clark Rinehart, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Class of 2015, explores the role of reverse jury nullification in the context of the George Zimmerman trial...The response was predictable, even to those who had maintained hope for a different outcome....... [more]

Federal judge rules in favor of Ohio same-sex couple married out-of-state
July 23, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Monday ruled in favor of two men seeking recognition of their out-of-state same-sex marriage. Ohio law prohibits same-sex marriage but recognizes marriages solemnized outside of the state. James Obergefell and his partner, John A....... [more]

Edward Snowden
July 22, 2013
Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the NSA who leaked the NSA Power Point slides to the Washington Post and The Guardian, has been very open with the media regarding his background, education, work history and motives surrounding his leaking of NSA information. Snowden was born in Elizabeth, No....... [more]

US Voting Rights
July 21, 2013
The right to vote has been a contentious issue in the US since the inception of the country. There was no specific right to vote or qualifications to vote drafted into the US Constitution. Each state was left to develop individual standards on how to run their voting and election processes. During t....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage
July 21, 2013
The heated debate over same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues currently facing the American legal community. It is a controversy being played out in every branch of the federal government, from the floor of the US Senate to the Oval Office. It has raised concerns over the nature of f....... [more]

Federal agency rules for transgender women in employment discrimination case
July 17, 2013
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled in favor of a transgender woman who endured physical and verbal harassment during her employment as a federal contractor in Maryland. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, filed a complaint last year under Title VII of the C....... [more]