March 10, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A bipartisan group of three US Senators on Tuesday announced legislation to end the federal ban on medical marijuana. The bill, called the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, was announced by senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker ...[read more]
December 31, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published a report Tuesday finding Syria the most dangerous nation in the world for journalists, with Egypt and Iraq just behind. The CPJ's report found that of the estimated 70 journalists killed worldwide in 2013, 29 were in Syria. Egypt and Iraq, ...[read more]
January 23, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center that 10-year-old final rulings for Medicare reimbursement cannot be appealed to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) beyond the deadlines previously set by the Secretary of HHS, despite ...[read more]
January 23, 2013
by Jerry Votava
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that it would not compel the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to change the listing of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA) permits the DEA to place narcotics into various Schedule ...[read more]
November 18, 2012
by Max Slater
Several members of the US House of Representatives sent a letter to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday urging the federal government to respect recently passed state legislation on marijuana use. The representatives asked the DOJ and its subdivision, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to ...[read more]
November 10, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Friday preliminarily approved a proposed settlement of $7.2 billion between merchants and Visa and Mastercard, which would be the largest settlement ever made in an antitrust case. This would end a seven-year class action ...[read more]
October 16, 2012
by Ben Klaber
JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law says that, as chief justice of the Criminal Chamber of Guatemala's Supreme Court, Cesar Barrientos has played a critical role in rebuilding the nation's democratic institutions by upholding the rule of law and ...[read more]
September 15, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday urged religious and political leaders around the world to encourage an end to violence that erupted after a US citizen released an anti-Islam film last week. While Pillay said she "fully understandwhy people wish to protest strongly ...[read more]
August 15, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 15, 2011, an Arkansas judge ruled that certain sections of the state's execution law are unconstitutional. The question revolved around the wide allowance of drugs used in the lethal injections. Arkansas had been obtaining their supply of sodium thiopental, a drug used in the lethal ...[read more]
July 8, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On July 8, 2005, Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler stated that Rwandan war crimes suspect Leon Mugesera would not be extradited unless Canada received binding promises that he would not face the death penalty if convicted. A month earlier, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that Mugesera must ...[read more]

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