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The Senate Torture Report and Prior Admissions
December 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authoriz....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on specialty license plates
December 8, 2014
The US Supreme Court agreed last Friday to add three cases to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free speech protection allows state government....... [more]

Mich-issippi Burning: Marriage Equality, Anti-Gay Animus and Majoritarian Politics
December 7, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Peter J. Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the socioeconomic disparities that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals experience in Michigan ...In an increasing number of domains, from worker rights, to marriage inequality, to state-imposed "E....... [more]

US states challenge Obama immigration order
December 4, 2014
A coalition of 17 states led by Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott filed suit against President Barrack Obama Wednesday challenging his executive action on immigration. Abbott sharply criticized the president's action stating that "he President is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce la....... [more]

Federal appeals court halts execution of mentally ill Texas inmate
December 4, 2014
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate allegedly suffering from severe mental illness. The inmate, Scott Panetti, was sentenced to death for the killing of his parents-in-law in 1992. The per curium opinion s....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Texas not to execute mentally ill man
December 2, 2014
UN human rights experts on arbitrary executions and torture on Tuesday urged the state of Texas and the US government to prevent the execution of Scott Panetti, who was sentenced to death for killing his parents-in-law in 1992. The experts contend that Panetti, who is scheduled to be executed on Wed....... [more]

Texas court strikes down DWI implied consent law
November 28, 2014
The Texas 13th Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that Texas's implied consent law, which allows officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional. The court was asked to examine the law after David Villarreal was stopped by police as a DWI suspect in 2012 an....... [more]

Federal appeals court denies rehearing in landmark affirmative action case
November 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday denied Abigail Fisher's petition for a rehearing en banc in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The judges for the Fifth Circuit voted 10-5 to deny the petition. The case is on remand from a June 2013 decisi....... [more]

Election Day 2014
November 4, 2014
JURIST host Genevieve Redd bids you all a fair Election Day with a review of riveting developments on the Voter Photo ID laws in Texas as presented in State Constitutional First Principles in Challenging the Texas Voter ID Law, the challenges to them, and how voters are left in a hanging chad of leg....... [more]

State Constitutional First Principles in Challenging the Texas Voter Photo Identification Law
October 29, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes, of the South Texas College of Law, analyzes valid and invalid grounds for challenging the Texas voter photo identification law under the Texas ConstitutionThe Texas voter photo identification law, which requires qualified, registered voters to presen....... [more]

Fall Update: LGBT Marriage in Texas
October 28, 2014
JURIST host Genevieve Redd reviews turbulent marriage laws in Texas- gay marriage, transgender marriage- you name it, it is coming up on the docket. Texas is becoming a surprising hot bed of marriage legal debates....... [more]




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