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]
June 30, 2013
by Meagan McElroy
6/25/2013: UN rights expert urged Morocco to combat human trafficking 6/20/2013: Supreme Court ruled US cannot withhold HIV/AIDS funding over prostitution stance 6/3/2013: Japan and UN reached agreement to combat drug and human trafficking 1/4/2013: Tennessee judged ruled law concerning human ...[read more]
February 25, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On February 25, 2008, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee objecting to a Tennessee state law that required convicted felons to pay outstanding financial obligations, including restitution and child ...[read more]
January 6, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee ruled Friday that a Tennessee law that restricts online sex advertising is unconstitutional. The law came in response to concerns of human trafficking in Tennessee and created criminal penalties for advertising commercial sex ...[read more]

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