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Botched executions & evolving standards of decency: What can we learn from Wood's death?
August 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sacha Baniel-Stark, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the botched execution of Joseph Wood and analyzes the dissenting opinion from the denial of Wood's motion to stay his execution, which argued that capital punishment by lethal injection is fundament....... [more]

Federal judge rules Florida same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
August 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled Thursday that Florida's ban on same-sax marriage is unconstitutional and the state must recognize same-sex couples that were lawfully married in other states. The combined cases of Brenner v. Scott and Grimsley v. Scott inv....... [more]

Euro investors appeal ruling in Argentina debt case
August 16, 2014
Holders of Argentina's euro-denominated bonds filed a notice of appeal Friday of a US District Court for the Southern District of New York's ruling barring the country from making interest payments on the notes until first paying $1.5 billion to a group of hedge funds. Also on Friday the court grant....... [more]

Conflict of Laws: Data Protection in the Cloud
August 15, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Ben Weinberger of Phoenix discusses the international protection of data in the cloud... In a recent proceeding before the US Court, Microsoft was ordered to turn-over email belonging to a user of its hosted mail service. That email belonged to a user outside the US. The ema....... [more]

New York mayor formally drops appeal in NYPD stop-and-frisk lawsuit
August 7, 2014
New York City on Wednesday formally dropped the city's appeal of rulings in lawsuits involving the New York Police Department's (NYPD) use of stop-and-frisk tactics. Mayor Bill De Blasio's administration agreed to end the lawsuit against the NYPD after reaching a settlement requiring three years of....... [more]

DOJ: New York jail routinely violates rights of adolescent inmates
August 5, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report Monday finding that the New York City Department of Correction has routinely violated the constitutional rights of male teenagers at the Rikers Island jail complex. The report was released after a multi-year investigation pursuant to the Civil Rig....... [more]

New York advocacy groups challenge teacher tenure
August 4, 2014
An education advocacy group on Monday filed suit in New York to challenge the state's teacher tenure laws, becoming the second group in the state to do so. The challenges, brought by the New York City Parents Union and the Partnership for Educational Justice, claim that existing laws protecting tea....... [more]

Federal court rules Microsoft must disclose overseas customer data
August 1, 2014
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday upheld a magistrate judge's ruling requiring Microsoft to turn over customers' emails and other account information. Microsoft had objected to the application of US search warrants to information stored in its overseas data cen....... [more]

Bank of America to pay $1.27 billion for mortgage fraud
July 31, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday imposed a $1.27 billion penalty on Bank of America after a jury found them liable for mortgage fraud. Judge Jed Rakoff for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled after a jury found that Bank of America, the second largest bank in the US, had de....... [more]

Seven arrested in $1.6 million StubHub fraud case
July 24, 2014
New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced Wednesday that police have arrested seven individuals on charges connecting them to an international group that defrauded the online ticketing service StubHub of approximately $1.6 million. Six of the seven arrests were made Tuesday, including three i....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]




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