The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, ...[read more]
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Thursday signed a bill, requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This is the first legislation in the US to require food producers to disclose GMO material. Food labels must reveal GMO ingredients, such as genetically ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Ristino of the Vermont Law School argues that an array of environmental, economic and political factors have broken down the traditional coalition behind the farm bills' passage in the past, but in its wake shifting policy objectives and broader interest in the bill ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Asch, Vermont Law School Class of 2014, discusses United Air Regulatory Group v. EPA and argues that the petitioners lack standing to challenge EPA's controversial rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources ...In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. ...[read more]
08/29/2013: Department of Justice announced it will not challenge state legalization efforts.
08/12/2013: Department of Justice changed policy regarding mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders.
06/06/2013: Vermont decriminalized marijuana possession.
05/28/2013: Colorado governor signed ...[read more]
A judge for Kentucky's Jefferson County Circuit Court ruled Monday that the same-sex spouse of a woman charged with murder must testify against her at the trial because same-sex partners are not protected by the husband-wife privilege under Kentucky's state law. Geneva Case, who will be compelled ...[read more]
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday struck down three Vermont statutes regulating the safety of nuclear power plants. The court held that state regulations were preempted by the Federal Power Act and the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, both of which assign regulation and ...[read more]
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill on Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. Vermont became the seventeenth state in the US to decriminalize marijuana, adding to a growing trend of more lenient drug laws and regulations. Under the new legislation possession of ...[read more]
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation Monday that legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the state. This bill makes Vermont the fourth state in the US to approve the practice. The Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act (aka "Death with Dignity" bill), was passed by the ...[read more]
On May 18, 2012, Vermont became the first US state to ban hydraulic fracking when Governor Peter Shumlin signed Bill H. 464 into law. Hydraulic fracking is a method used by many major oil companies to extract natural gas and obtain shale oil and gas by using an extremely pressurized mixture of ...[read more]