November 28, 2014
by Emelina Perez
The UN Committee Against Torture has urged the US to begin prompt, impartial investigations into all cases of police brutality and excessive use of force by police officers, and to limit the use of electrical discharge weapons. The committee expressed concern over the use of force against people ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge in Florida's Monroe County ruled Thursday that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in favor of same-sex couples who had challenged the voter-approved ban after they were denied a marriage license by the Monroe County clerk. In his ruling, ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear firearms in the home for self-defense, but left unanswered whether it protects other conduct. Writing for the majority in Heller, Scalia emphasized that Heller marked the ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday against a coalition of five Great Lakes States seeking to compel the Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) to take action to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan ...[read more]
July 9, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US District Court in the Northern District of Illinois on Monday ordered the City of Chicago to reimburse the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the $940,000 spent on legal fees challenging gun ordinances. Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms was overturned in January after the ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Class of 2015, discusses the intricacies of double jeopardy and the point at which jeopardy is thought to first occur... Double jeopardy is among the most complex doctrines of constitutional criminal procedure and ...[read more]
April 9, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Aubry Dicks, University of Richmond School of Law, Class of 2014, discusses recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board concerning student athletes' rights to unionize...In January, the National College Players Association (NCPA) filed a petition on behalf of ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Chicago office for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Wednesday ruled that football players at Northwestern University qualify as employees, and therefore have the right to unionize. In its finding, the NLRB used the "right to control" test, which considers a variety of factors in ...[read more]
February 23, 2014
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist John Frazer says that while the IAFR v. City of Chicago decision is illuminating, critical Second Amendment questions remain unanswered...Can politicians in a major city decide that a constitutional right may be exercised but not in their back yards? That is the issue that ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Guest Columnist Noeli Serna, Chicago-Kent College of Law Class of 2016, discusses the city of Chicago's new driver's license policy and the extent to which states can implement their own immigration laws in accordance with federal immigration laws...The influence and power of local and ...[read more]

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