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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]

Federal appeals court revives Abu Ghraib torture lawsuit
July 1, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia erred in concluding that it lacked jurisdiction over a case of alleged torture in the Abu Ghraib prison because the alleged abuses occurred in Iraq. The case was brought in 200....... [more]

Colleges Should Not Fund Student Groups that Discriminate
June 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Joshua Block of the American Civil Liberties Union discusses whether colleges and universities should be forced to officially recognize and fund student groups who discriminate... Should colleges and universities be forced to officially recognize?and provide funding to....... [more]

Hall v. Florida
June 17, 2014
On June 20, 2002 the Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia where it ruled sentencing intellectually disabled individuals to death is unconstitutional. The Court held such executions are a form of "cruel and unusual punishment," which is categorically prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The Atkins....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on threats, administrative rule interpretations
June 16, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, as....... [more]

An Examination of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Rationale for Vetoing SB 236
May 19, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Blissenbach, University of St. Thomas School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Veto of SB 236, which would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events and argues that his veto of the bill wa....... [more]

Behind the Hangman's Cloak
May 15, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett of the University of Virginia School of Law comments on the recent problems with botched lethal injections being administered for purposed of imposing the death penalty ... "We're going to close the blinds temporarily," the Oklahoma corrections officer told....... [more]

Governor Terry McAuliffe's Right to Veto Virginia's School Prayer Law
May 1, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Aaron Spencer, Temple University Beasley School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Veto of SB 236, which would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events. . .The First Amendment begins, "Congress sh....... [more]

Virginia AG approves in-state tuition for undocumented children
May 1, 2014
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring wrote a letter to the state's public colleges and universities on Tuesday declaring that undocumented children who qualify under the US Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be eligible for in-state college....... [more]

JURIST End of the (Academic) Year Review
April 28, 2014
On this episode of the JURIST podcast, JURIST writers and editors discuss some of their favorite articles published on the site this year. A trend emerged in the first three articles of technological advances outpacing developments in the law. JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart discussed Joseph....... [more]

Virginia high court holds emails exempt from state Freedom of Information Act
April 18, 2014
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the emails of Michael Mann, a former University of Virginia climatologist and professor, are exempt from disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli subpoenaed university records related....... [more]




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