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Supreme Court allows Texas execution despite claims of intellectual disability
January 30, 2015
A man with an IQ of 67 was executed in Texas on Thursday after the US Supreme Court denied two pleas for delay that same day. Defense attorneys for Robert Ladd said that his death violates the Constitution, and that his life would have been spared in any other state because of his IQ. After Texas c....... [more]

Texas judge refuses to drop criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry
January 29, 2015
A Texas state judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry. The charges came after Perry threatened to veto $7.5 million dollars in funds if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign her position after an arrest for driving under the....... [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 hears arguments on housing discrimination, traffic stops
January 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) require plaintiffs to show that a policy is....... [more]

Fourth and Fifth Circuits Confront Abortion Exceptionalism
January 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin Borgmann of the City University of New York School of Law, discusses recent circuit court decisions addressing state abortion laws and predicts that one of the decisions may reach the US Supreme Court...Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important ab....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on appellate procedure for habeas corpus petitions
January 14, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a habeas petitioner who receives a favorable ruling at the district court level does not have to take a cross-appeal or obtain a certificate of appealability to defend the judgment in his favor on appeal. In 1989 Robert Mitchell Jennings was convicted of cap....... [more]

Fifth Circuit hears arguments on same-sex marriage bans in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi
January 10, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on Friday regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Federal courts overturned the same-sex marriage bans in Texas and Mississippi, while another federal court upheld Louisiana's ba....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments on Texas abortion law
January 8, 2015
Federal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday on a restrictive Texas abortion law that critics say would close more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is reviewing the law, which requires that abortion cli....... [more]

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]




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