October 9, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
States that have toughened voter identification laws have experienced steeper drops in election turnout than those that have not, including disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released on Wednesday by the US Government ...[read more]
August 16, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of Michigan State University College of Law discusses the error of the court's holding that using child abuse to make children do their chores cannot be forced labor ... Pity the poor children of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, for they have come ...[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 17, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California ...[read more]
June 12, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday refused to grant an injunction that would have exempted Catholic non-profit groups from the contraception coverage requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The court noted in its decision that the groups ...[read more]
May 27, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Plumhoff v. Rickard that police officers who fatally shot a driver to end a dangerous car chase did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The case was brought on appeal by six officers who claimed they were entitled to qualified immunity in a civil lawsuit filed ...[read more]
March 15, 2014
by Max Slater
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples while they pursue a lawsuit attempting to overturn the state's ban. Article XI Section 18 of Tennessee's constitution, also known ...[read more]
March 4, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Wimmer, founder of Emergent Legal, discusses Plumhoff v. Rickard and qualified immunity...This term, the US Supreme Court will decide Plumhoff v. Rickard, a qualified immunity case arising out of the police shooting deaths of a man and woman in Memphis, ...[read more]
October 22, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging the Tennessee laws that prohibit recognition of their marriages. The federal lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Tennessee's "Anti-Recognition" laws, which prohibit the state from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples ...[read more]
October 18, 2013
by Bethany Fisher
The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a movement to overturn the Tennessee Voter Identification Act, ruling that a requirement of government-issued photo ID for voters is constitutional. Chief Justice Gary Wade delivered the majority opinion and Justice William Koch Jr. ...[read more]

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