November 26, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Two federal judges on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi. The rulings overturned the voter-approved bans that had been in place for over a decade. US District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves of Jackson placed his decision declaring the ban a violation of the ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in four cases on Tuesday. In City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan the court has been asked to decide whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires law enforcement to accommodate a mentally ill, violent and armed suspect when taken ...[read more]
November 25, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that private companies may continue to monitor probationers in that state but that it is illegal to elongate a probationer's sentence from the original sentence. Thirteen plaintiffs filed suit against Sentinel Offender Services challenging the ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Peter Snyder
China's highest court, the Supreme People's Court will investigate ways of reducing the number of crimes punishable by death according to remarks by Hu Yunteng, a senior researcher at the Supreme People's Court, published Monday. Hu told a group of academics Saturday that the government must ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced a man to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war. Mobarak Hossain was a former commander of a collaborators' group of the Pakistani army. Hossian was convicted of killing 33 civilians in the eastern Bangladeshi ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Valerie Howell
Seven same-sex couples submitted a petition on Thursday asking the US Supreme Court to review the district court's decision to uphold Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before it proceeds to the federal appeals court. The petition presents the court with the question of whether a state's ...[read more]
November 20, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The US Supreme Court refused a request to block same-sex marriages in South Carolina on Thursday, making it the thirty-fifth US state where same-sex marriage is legal. The lower court in South Carolina had lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban earlier this month, and the Attorney General had ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by Brittany Felder
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Tuesday requested an emergency stay postponing same-sex marriage in the state. The request comes after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused to block same-sex marriage in the state. Wilson requested that Chief Justice Roberts issue a ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
The Kansas Supreme Court decided Tuesday to allow same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in the most populous county in Kansas. Johnson County had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in October and was challenged in state court. A federal court decision earlier in November ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd al Hadi ...[read more]

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