April 17, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary stay on Wednesday preventing the federal government from requiring the Roman Catholic dioceses and its affiliates in Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania to comply with the birth control mandates of the Affordable Care Act. The religious ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Supreme Court of Paksitan suspended all death sentences on Thursday rendered by the country's new military tribunal after the Supreme Court Bar Association challenged the constitutional amendment that created the tribunals. This move directly affects six prisoners who faced imminent executions ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court considers Glossip v. Gross, a case ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Missouri executed its third inmate of 2015 Tuesday after the US Supreme Court denied his final appeal, which claimed that mental illness made him unfit for execution. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon also denied Andrew Cole's clemency petition, which had raised concerns that the black inmate was ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously Wednesday that elected officials do not have the right to open municipal council meetings with a prayer. The country's top court found that reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings is unconstitutional and infringes on freedom of conscience and ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Tuesday that the national law requiring minimum sentences for gun crimes is unconstitutional because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The high court ruled 6-3 to affirm a 2013 ruling on the issue. Section 95 of the Canadian criminal code outlines the ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The Tennessee Supreme Court has postponed the execution of four inmates on death row as it decides whether current protocols are constitutional, effectively halting all executions in the state. Once the constitutional issues are decided, the court "shall exercise its authority to set new dates of ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by William Helbling
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday rejected a petition to stop US drone attacks in the northwestern tribal region of the country. Justice Saqib Nisar presided over the petition and concluded that the it was not a legal issue but rather a security related matter. The decision comes after ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Oklahoma state senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. If signed by Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would be the first state in the ...[read more]
April 9, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Panama Electoral Tribunal said Wednesday that former president Ricardo Martinelli will no longer be immune from prosecution, which allows investigations of corruption charges from Martinelli's time in office to begin. The Panama Supreme Court had requested the lifting of immunity after ...[read more]

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