May 23, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
On Saturday Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by national referendum. The results showed that 62.1% of voters were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The traditionally conservative Catholic country surprised the international community and moved from ...[read more]
May 22, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Caroline Mala Corbin, of University of Miami School of Law, discusses whether filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption is a substantial burden on religious liberty... Does filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption from a law constitute a ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to approve a bill abolishing the death penalty. Earlier in April Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 in favor of the legislation to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Governor Pete Ricketts, who supports ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of the US Virgin Islands ruled Wednesday that second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples are permitted under Virgin Islands law. The children's fathers are anonymous sperm donors who knowingly waived all of their parental rights. The biological mother and her same-sex partner ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled 2-1 Tuesday that the University of Notre Dame shall not, at the time being, be exempted from the federal government's birth control mandate. Last June, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the US Supreme Court ruled that for profit businesses ...[read more]
May 19, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Campbell Ewald Company v. Gome. The case comes to the Supreme Court on appeal from a Ninth Circuit decision and presents three issues: whether a case becomes moot, and thus beyond the judicial power of Article III, when the plaintiff receives ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Henderson v. United States that individuals convicted of felonies may transfer firearms to independent third parties or have them sold. The court reversed the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which ruled that through constructive ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Harris v. Viegelahn that a debtor who converts to Chapter 7 is entitled to return of any postpetition wages not yet distributed by the Chapter 13 trustee. Petitioner Charles Harris, after filing a voluntary petition for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. The court held that the officers did not violate ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the two-year prison sentence against activist Musallam al-Barrack for insulting Kuwait's ruler.Al-Barrack, a former lawmaker, was originally sentenced to five years in prison, but that sentence was later shortened on appeal to two years. The case against al- ...[read more]

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