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US states ask Supreme Court to issue definitive ruling on same-sex marriage
September 5, 2014
Thirty-two states asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the court to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn the bans. Seventeen states tha....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Virginia same-sex marriages
August 21, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday put a hold on same-sex marriage in Virginia as it takes time to decide whether same-sex couples should be allowed to wed nationwide. The hold, which is the result of the court granting a stay application filed on behalf of opponents of same-sex marriage, means that....... [more]

Virginia same-sex marriage supporters urge Supreme Court not to block ruling
August 19, 2014
Groups supporting same-sex marriage on Monday urged the US Supreme Court not to put a hold on a lower court ruling that would allow same-sex couples in Virginia to marry. After the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit declined to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex m....... [more]

Virginia official asks Supreme Court justice to block same-sex marriage
August 15, 2014
Prince William County clerk of court Michele McQuigg in Virginia filed an emergency stay application at the US Supreme Court seeking to block the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruling declining to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstit....... [more]

NFL's Washington Redskins file appeal in trademark ruling over team name
August 15, 2014
The Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) filed an appeal in federal court on Thursday to challenge a June ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office that found the team name "Redskins" is "disparaging of Native Americans." The team file....... [more]

Federal appeals court allows Virginia same-sex marriages to proceed
August 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday declined to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Citizens of Virginia voted to amend the Virginia Constitution in 2006 to define marriage as solely between one man and one woma....... [more]

Hall v. Florida: Over Relying on a Single Source to Set a National Standard
July 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Schneider, Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 2015, explores criticisms of the DSM-5 after the US Supreme Court used it as the sole national standard to define intellectual disability in Hall v. Florida...In its 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, the US Supreme....... [more]

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]




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