March 30, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases titled Kansas v. Carr, consolidating them for oral argument. These cases examine whether the Eighth Amendment right to an "individualized sentencing" was violated by the decision not to sever the sentencing phase of a co-defendant's ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A transgender inmate in Massachusetts on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex reassignment surgery. The question at issue is whether "the Eighth Amendment prohibits prison officials from denying necessary medical treatment to a prisoner for non-medical ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Hurst v. Florida to determine "whether Florida's death sentencing scheme violated the Sixth ... or Eighth Amendment." This court granted certiorari in light of its decision in Ring v. Arizona, in which it held that a sentencing judge, sitting ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska ruled Monday that Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, but the decision will not take effect until March 9 and has immediately been appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. US District Judge Joseph ...[read more]
January 24, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari to determine whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case, Glossip v. Gross, originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the Director of the Oklahoma Department of ...[read more]
December 17, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have granted inmate Michelle Kosilek taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. The 3-2 decision overruled a 2012 decision by Judge Mark Wolf of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The brother of Clayton Lockett, whose prolonged execution last April caused Oklahoma to suspend its death penalty to review procedures, filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma Monday. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, contends that the ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by G. Redd
JURIST PaperChaser Taylor Gillan discusses the landmark case of Hall v. Florida, and the implications it holds for the Eighth Amendment and the Death Penalty with host Genevieve Redd... ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday denied a Texas death row inmate's challenge to the drugs that would be used in his lethal injection. Convicted killer Willie Trottie alleged in his appeal that the drugs to be used in his execution might be expired, which could result in ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the ...[read more]

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