January 26, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The charges against ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions supported by federal funding. The bill explicitly denies any health plans or facilities that are federally funded from expending tax-payer funds from being used for abortion services. Voting on the bill was timed to ...[read more]
January 18, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnists Elizabeth C. Varner, Diane Penneys Edelman and Leila Amineddoleh of Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation respond to the piece by Walter Olson on Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and counter his assertion that the Act has the effect ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Allison Hall
The US Senate started its investigation of the CIA's post 9/11 detention and interrogation methods over five years ago. The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reviewed over 6 million CIA documents and heard substantial testimony over the course of the investigation. The Senate concluded in ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Jill Family, Widener University School of Law, discusses Obama's recent immigration executive actions and the Obama administration's exercises of executive power...The push and pull between President Obama and Congress over various issues often too quickly boils down to ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Mellouli v. Holder the court heard arguments on whether the government should be required to prove a connection between a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance as defined by congress in order ...[read more]
January 10, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
A White House official on Saturday announced that President Barack Obama plans to address cybersecurity as it relates to American consumers and businesses next week. According to the official, the plan will include legislative initiatives and executive actions. The announcement comes in the wake ...[read more]
January 3, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-1 last week that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional. The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County judge that struck down portions of ...[read more]
December 22, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
China aims to "regulate" foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) under a law being discussed this week, which aims to step up supervision of the fast-growing sector, state media said on Monday. The bill, which was submitted to the National People's Congress Standing Committee, running from ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Megan Miller
Congress enacted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978 as an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. The Civil Rights Act in its original form did not offer explicit protections to pregnant women, so the Pregnancy ...[read more]

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