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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death for Boston bombing role
May 16, 2015
Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Friday by a federal jury for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings after 14 hours of deliberations. He will be formally sentenced at a hearing within weeks, during which victims will be able to address hi....... [more]

A Tale of Two Liberties: Indiana's Religious Freedom Laws and Implications beyond Marriage Equality
April 22, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the amended Indiana "religious freedom" bills and marriage equality issues in the US... Despite a gaining momentum for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide, tension still exists in....... [more]

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev convicted in Boston Marathon bombing case
April 9, 2015
Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday on 30 federal charges relating to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The attack, supposedly meant to punish America for perceived harm against Muslims, was perpetrated by Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, who together placed two pr....... [more]

Transgender inmate petitions Supreme Court for sex reassignment surgery
March 17, 2015
A transgender inmate in Massachusetts on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex reassignment surgery. The question at issue is whether "the Eighth Amendment prohibits prison officials from denying necessary medical treatment to a prisoner for non-medical r....... [more]

Changing Venue in the Marathon Bomber Case
March 12, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew D. Leipold of the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses the First Circuit's decision not to change venue in the Boston Marathon bombing trial...The claim that a local jury can't be unbiased in a case of this profile is intuitively appealing. Although Boston i....... [more]

Federal appeals court rejects motion to move Boston Marathon bombing trial
March 1, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Friday rejected a motion by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to move the Boston Marathon bombing trial out of Boston. The judges, divided in their decision 2-1, decided whether a jury selected from more than 5 million eastern Massachusetts residents could be fair an....... [more]

Will Florida Mark the Path for Acceptance of Same-Sex Marriage in the Deep South?
February 18, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Brittney Millay, New England Law| Boston, Class of 2016, discusses how recent developments in the southern US could affect same-sex couples...After a long and drawn out battle, a state judge in Miami-Dade County lifted a temporary ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first....... [more]

Federal judge rejects plea for delay in Boston bombing trial
January 15, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Wednesday rejected the latest plea by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to pause jury selection for his trial due to the recent attacks in Paris. The judge, in a short ruling, noted that he had given p....... [more]

Jury selection begins for Boston Marathon bombing suspect
January 5, 2015
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the Boston Marathon bombings, arrived at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Monday for jury selection in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev will sit with his attorneys as approximately 1,200 potential jurors are called to the federal cour....... [more]

Federal appeals court overturns inmate sex change order
December 17, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have granted inmate Michelle Kosilek taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. The 3-2 decision overruled a 2012 decision by Judge Mark Wolf of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Mich....... [more]

Affirmative action lawsuit challenges Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill admission policies
November 18, 2014
Lawsuits were filed in Massachusetts and North Carolina federal district courts against Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, arguing that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the country. The lawsuits contend that the US Supreme Cou....... [more]




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