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Federal appeals court upholds automatic solitary confinement for Virginia death-row inmates
March 11, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Virginia can continue to automatically house death row inmates in solitary confinement. The appeals court decision reversed US District Judge Leonie Brinkema's 2013 ruling that the procedural due process rights of a capital prisone....... [more]

West Virginia legislature overrides governor's veto on abortion bill
March 7, 2015
The West Virginia Legislature on Friday overrode the governor's veto, passing a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said he vetoed the law because of concerns over its constitutionality and would have preferred a later gestational period for banning abortion. The bill exc....... [more]

Virginia governor signs bill permitting medical use of marijuana oil
February 28, 2015
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed a legislative measure aimed at permitting use of medical marijuana oils for individuals suffering from severe forms of epilepsy. The bill permits the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC-A) oils by providing an affirmative d....... [more]

West Virginia lawmakers approve 20-week abortion ban
February 26, 2015
West Virginia's senate on Wednesday approved House Bill 2586, otherwise known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is based on the controversial premise that the unborn can feel pain starting around 20 weeks. The act, whi....... [more]

A Time Out for the Death Penalty
February 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett, of the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses Governor Tom Wolf's death penalty moratorium ...Is declaring a "time out" to the death penalty in Pennsylvania an abuse of the governor's power "ignoring duly enacted law," as prosecutors have claimed....... [more]

Brief History of Same-Sex Marriage in the US
February 7, 2015
The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues currently facing the American legal community. Several major cases shaped the course of the debate over the past 40 years. Loving v. Virginia is a 1967 US Supreme Court case which declared laws prohibiting in....... [more]

West Virginia Legislature Proposes Substantial Changes to Deliberate Intent Statute
February 5, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Edwards, of Bowles Rice, LLP in Charleston, WV, discusses the proposed legislative changes to West Virginia's workers' compensation scheme ... Workers' Compensation programs provide important benefits to both employees and employers. If an employee is injured or ex....... [more]

West Virginia legislature advances bill to make judicial elections nonpartisan
February 5, 2015
The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved legislation to make the state's judicial elections nonpartisan. The bill is sponsored by Republican delegate Kayla Kessinger, and it would apply to magistrates, family courts, circuit courts and the state supreme court. This legislation is....... [more]

California lawmakers to propose strict vaccination legislation
February 5, 2015
California state senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen on Wednesday announced plans to propose legislation requiring parents to vaccinate all school children. This legislation will "repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines," b....... [more]

Virginia reaches $520,000 settlement over attorney's fees in same-sex marriage case
January 30, 2015
Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms worke....... [more]

Former CIA officer convicted of espionage
January 27, 2015
A jury in the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Monday convicted former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Jeffrey Sterling of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling was found guilty on all nine of his charges, including acting as a CIA mole and supplying a journalist with insid....... [more]




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