June 17, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The ...[read more]
March 14, 2014
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Zachary L. Heiden, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, says that the Portland, Maine ordinance banning anyone from standing, sitting or loitering in any median strip is a content-based restriction that fails to comply with the First Amendment...In ...[read more]
February 13, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The United States District Court of Maine ruled on Wednesday that a city ordinance banning people from panhandling in median strips of streets was unconstitutional. US District Judge George Singal found that the Portland, Maine ordinance's distinction between allowing people to be in the medians ...[read more]
January 31, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The Maine Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a school violated Maine's Human Rights Act when it refused to allow a transgender fifth-grader, Nicole Maines, to use the girls' bathroom. Maines had been using the girls' bathroom throughout elementary school until the family of another student ...[read more]
October 18, 2013
by Kyle Webster
The modern implications of redistricting methods are heavily debated. The current system in many states of having single-party controlled legislatures create the districts has led to strong criticism. Many observers cite this as one of the primary reasons for the increasing partisanship within ...[read more]
September 5, 2013
by Fangxing Li
JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Brady, University of Maine School of Law Class of 2014, discusses Detroit's bankruptcy and pension holders' proactive defense of their rights...Although the pension holders of the city pension funds are at the heart of Detroit's financial woes, the holders are at a ...[read more]
July 12, 2013
by G. Redd
The Maine Legislature on Wednesday voted 127-17 in favor of a new law requiring police to obtain a warrant to track a cell phone, overriding a veto by Governor Paul LePage. The bill was one of four privacy laws up for vote in the final hours of the legislative period. LD 1377 and LD 1040, laws ...[read more]
May 8, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On May 8, 2012, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage, bringing the number of states with constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage to thirty-one. Since then, Maine, Maryland and Washington have voted to legalize same-sex marriage. In April ...[read more]
January 31, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On January 31, 2006, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed a bill making it illegal to discriminate against individuals based on sexual orientation in the areas of housing, lending and employment. This legislation made Washington the 17th state to adopt such a bill. Since January 2006, ...[read more]
January 26, 2013
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Guest Columnist Walter Smith, University of Washington School of Law Class of 2013, discusses Washington state legally recognizing same-sex marriage by popular vote...On December 6, Washington state certified its statewide election returns and officially became the first US state to begin ...[read more]

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