July 22, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Two separate federal appeals court reached opposite conclusions Tuesday on subsidies for individuals who sign up for health insurance through the federal government's marketplace. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that such subsidies are only available through ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia erred in concluding that it lacked jurisdiction over a case of alleged torture in the Abu Ghraib prison because the alleged abuses occurred in Iraq. The case was brought in ...[read more]
June 12, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that police must obtain a warrant to get a person's cell phone location history from the cell phone provider. Police conducting a robbery investigation had obtained four people's cell phone location histories after getting a "D- ...[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]
April 12, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Friday filed an appellate brief in support of the district court's ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The brief, filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, argues that the state's statutory and ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday filed a notice of appeal of a recent ruling overturning the state's constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The amendment was struck down as unconstitutional in the US District Court for the ...[read more]
February 12, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a 2011 North Carolina law that permits residents to display a license plate reading "Choose Life" is unconstitutional. North Carolina appealed to the Fourth Circuit after a federal district court judge struck down the law. The ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by G. Redd
Federal courts have deliberated a surfeit of cases implicating the Establishment Clause and recent contests have focused on both the relationships between private groups exercising religious customs and government action and possible endorsement. As evinced by this snapshot of recent developments, ...[read more]
November 5, 2013
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Samar Warsi, a legal fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, says that courts must closely scrutinize the reach and access the government has to information when crafting Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in the digital age...In a legal system where Fourth ...[read more]
September 19, 2013
by G. Redd
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Wednesday that use of the "Like" button on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment and cannot be used against public employees. Five former appointees for the sheriff's office in Hampton, Virginia, sued the ...[read more]

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