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]
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 25, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Joshua Block of the American Civil Liberties Union discusses whether colleges and universities should be forced to officially recognize and fund student groups who discriminate... Should colleges and universities be forced to officially recognize?and provide funding to... ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
On June 20, 2002 the Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia where it ruled sentencing intellectually disabled individuals to death is unconstitutional. The Court held such executions are a form of "cruel and unusual punishment," which is categorically prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The ...[read more]
June 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
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]
May 19, 2014
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Blissenbach, University of St. Thomas School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Veto of SB 236, which would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events and argues that his veto of the bill ...[read more]
May 15, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett of the University of Virginia School of Law comments on the recent problems with botched lethal injections being administered for purposed of imposing the death penalty ... "We're going to close the blinds temporarily," the Oklahoma corrections officer ...[read more]
May 1, 2014
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Guest Columnist Aaron Spencer, Temple University Beasley School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Veto of SB 236, which would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events. . .The First Amendment begins, "Congress ...[read more]
May 1, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring wrote a letter to the state's public colleges and universities on Tuesday declaring that undocumented children who qualify under the US Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be eligible for in-state ...[read more]
April 28, 2014
by Sean Gallagher
On this episode of the JURIST podcast, JURIST writers and editors discuss some of their favorite articles published on the site this year. A trend emerged in the first three articles of technological advances outpacing developments in the law. JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart discussed ...[read more]

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