October 2, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A judge from Georgia's Towaliga Judicial Circuit ruled Monday that death row inmate Warren Lee Hill has failed to meet the state's requirement to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt as a bar to execution. Hill's lawyers argued Georgia's high standard for proving intellectual ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday resentenced convicted terrorist Jose Padilla to 21 years in prison. Judge Marcia Cooke resentenced Padilla after the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in 2011 that Padilla's 17-year sentence was too ...[read more]
August 12, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A Tennessee county judge has upheld Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban, marking the first time a court has found the Constitution does not protect same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court's decision overturning of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013. Roane County Circuit Judge Russell ...[read more]
July 24, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Two federal appeals courts in the US issued conflicting rulings within hours of one another on Tuesday, as the federal court system continues to grapple with the legal ramifications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The most recent legal debate with the PPACA surrounds ...[read more]
July 20, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Saturday postponed an Arizona death row inmate's execution until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used for the lethal injection. Joseph Wood's attorneys argued that their client's First Amendment rights were ...[read more]
July 20, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally part ...[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 Addison Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that Indiana must allow secular humanists to officiate at weddings, despite a state law that bars their participation. The court declared that the law unlawfully discriminates against nonreligious humanists who wish to have their ...[read more]
June 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, ...[read more]
May 30, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Schneider of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. discusses the First Amendment and the "extended use" of public schools ... The Framers saw the two religious freedoms secured by the First Amendment as being in harmony: the prohibition against a government- ...[read more]

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