January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Washington state legislature proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without ...[read more]
December 25, 2014
by Brittany Felder
The Obama Administration announced on Wednesday that it plans to expedite the closing of Guantanamo Bay. Over the next six months the administration plans to transfer 64 detainees. President Obama has been in contact with the heads of several nations to facilitate the transfer. Currently the ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Fredrick Vars, of the University of Alabama School of Law, discusses the new Alabama Gun Control Law and argues that the state's gun regulations will be largely unaffected by the new constitutional amendment...Alabama voters, on November 4, overwhelmingly approved a state ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday ruled that religious non-profit groups' rights were not violated when required to certify that they are opting out of the contraception mandate, a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Priests for ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Addison Morris
Ballot measures in both Washington and Alabama passed in Tuesday's midterm elections, altering the states' gun laws. Washington Initiative 594, a measure requiring background checks for all gun purchases, passed with more than 59 percent of the vote. This new law will alter the state's existing ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC, voted Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana. In Alaska Measure 2, which passed with 52 percent of the vote, legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21, allowing adults to "possess, use, show, buy, transport, or grow set ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
US-led airstrikes carried out on Friday against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria killed 10 civilians, it was reported by an observing group on Saturday. Washington responded, stating that there is no evidence to back up the report. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that seven civilians ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Sarah Steers
All but one of the US presidents, beginning with George Washington, have issued orders which can be equated with the modern-day executive order. The sole exception was William Henry Harrison, who died in office after having heldthe presidency for less than a month. Before 20th century, executi... ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Peter Snyder
An Egyptian court Monday sentenced Mohamed Badie, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison and 14 others to 25 years in prison for murder and inciting violence. The case against Badie, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, stems from violence that broke out in the Giza ...[read more]
August 15, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountains, Kurds have a saying older than our country. ...[read more]

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