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Terminally ill Nashville lawyer challenges Tennessee ban on assisted suicide
May 22, 2015
An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. Kennedy....... [more]

Nebraska lawmakers approve bill abolishing death penalty
May 21, 2015
Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to approve a bill abolishing the death penalty. Earlier in April Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 in favor of the legislation to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Governor Pete Ricketts, who supports c....... [more]

Tennessee adopts 48-hour abortion waiting period
May 20, 2015
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses revoked in addition t....... [more]

The Methods to the Madness: The Electric Chair, Lethal Injection and Now Nitrogen Gas
April 30, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage of....... [more]

Tennessee lawmakers approve abortion restriction measures
April 22, 2015
Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday approved two measures that, if signed into law, will require state abortion clinics to be licensed as surgical centers and require women to wait 48 hours after receiving counseling before being able to get an abortion. The measures have been sent to Republican Governor....... [more]

Tennessee top court postpones executions to determine constitutional issues
April 14, 2015
The Tennessee Supreme Court has postponed the execution of four inmates on death row as it decides whether current protocols are constitutional, effectively halting all executions in the state. Once the constitutional issues are decided, the court "shall exercise its authority to set new dates of ex....... [more]

Two states join Texas immigration lawsuit
January 27, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the state-led coalition in its suit against the Obama administration over November's executive action on immigration. This brings the total number of states involved to 26, meaning that more than half th....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage
January 16, 2015
The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to rule on same-sex marriage, granting certiorari in four cases. The court consolidated appeals from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee after the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld bans in those states. The court limited the petitions to the follo....... [more]

Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in January
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex marriage to begin in Florida when the stay expires after January 5. In August a US District Judge for the....... [more]

Sixth Circuit upholds same-sex marriage bans
November 6, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that a change in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman should come from the legislative process rather....... [more]

Tennessee, Colorado, North Dakota vote on abortion measures
November 5, 2014
Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the rig....... [more]




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