November 16, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must file a financial ...[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]
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]
May 13, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Five same-sex couples on Monday challenged Alaska's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Alaska, contends that the amendment, added to the Alaska Constitution in 1998, violates their due process and equal protection ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in White v. Woodall that because the Supreme Court of Kentucky's rejection of Robert Keith Woodall's Fifth Amendment claim was not objectively unreasonable, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in granting the writ of habeas corpus. The case ...[read more]
December 11, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Kansas v. Cheever that the Fifth Amendment does not prohibit the government from introducing evidence from a court-ordered mental evaluation of a criminal defendant to rebut that defendant's presentation of expert testimony in support of a defense of ...[read more]
November 5, 2013
by Stephanie Kogut
JURIST Guest Columnists Jeffrey T. Green and Jeffrey S. Beelaert of Sidley Austin LLP discuss the waiver of a criminal defendant's Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination...In Kansas v. Cheever, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari to consider whether a criminal defendant waives ...[read more]
October 16, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Kansas v. Cheever the court heard arguments on whether it violates the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination if a defendant offers expert testimony to show he or she lacked a requisite mental state at the time of the ...[read more]
October 16, 2013
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnist Nicole Megale, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of the fifth article in a 10-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Megale calls for an abrogation statute to protect a wrongfully executed ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday that probable-cause warrants are not required to access cell phone location information. In a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit reversed lower court decisions that said the location data was protected by the Fourth Amendment. The court ...[read more]

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