April 16, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the Maricopa County Sherrif's Office and, specifically, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, engaged in practices of racial profiling in conducting traffic stops. The court found that the Sheriff's office was improperly named as a defendant, ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday halted the confirmation vote on Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch until the Senate passes the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. The vote on bill came to a standstill when senators read anti-abortion language within the ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman, of Florida International University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and the University of Oklahoma's decision to expel fraternity members that used racially insensitive language ... The First Amendment, Justice Holmes wrote in US v. ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A Swedish court sentenced Syrian refugee Mouhannad Droub to five years in prison after convicting him of abusing a captured member of President Bashar Assad's forces. Droub was part of a group under the Free Syrian Army, where he and other members beat a prisoner and posted a video of the abuse on ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned extremists for the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian men in Libya, characterizing the acts as "vile crimetargeting people on the basis of their religion." The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the Libyan city of ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by members of the Islamic State (IS) are war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the Libyan city of Sirte in two separate incidents in December 2014 and January 2015. Video released on Sunday showed ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A Spanish court on Thursday accused 16 civil guards of using excessive force against 15 sub-Saharan immigrants who drowned attempting to swim around a seawall between Ceuta and Morocco last February. A judge opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding their deaths and has called ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Egypt's top appeals court on Thursday upheld a death sentence against an Islamist charged with murder as well as sentences for 57 other supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Video footage of the Islamist sentenced to death, Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan, showed him throwing people off of a roof during ...[read more]
February 3, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
A Syrian rebel fighter was charged in Sweden Monday with war crimes for abusing a member of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. The assault on the representative of Assad's forces was not only carried out by this individual but also by other members of the Free Syrian Army. The suspect was ...[read more]
February 1, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday announced a plan to end the country's complete ban on abortions. Bachelet stated in a televised address that she has sent a bill to Congress that would allow abortion when a mother's life is at risk, a fetus will not survive pregnancy or when a woman ...[read more]

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