March 23, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Frank v. Walker, allowing Wisconsin's voter identification law to stand. Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo ID to vote, was struck down by a federal district court, but reinstated by the US Court of Appeals for the ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A transgender inmate in Massachusetts on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex reassignment surgery. The question at issue is whether "the Eighth Amendment prohibits prison officials from denying necessary medical treatment to a prisoner for non-medical ...[read more]
March 13, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Swedish prosecutors on Friday issued a request to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over sexual assault allegations at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of 2012. The move marks a change of course for the team of prosecutors, who have insisted since 2010 that ...[read more]
March 11, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Italy's Court of Cassation on Tuesday upheld the acquittal of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi was convicted in 2013 of paying for sex with an underage exotic dancer and then abusing his power to cover up the crime. However, last year an appeals court overturned the conviction ...[read more]
March 11, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Virginia can continue to automatically house death row inmates in solitary confinement. The appeals court decision reversed US District Judge Leonie Brinkema's 2013 ruling that the procedural due process rights of a capital ...[read more]
March 10, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Pakistan Ministry of Interior on Tuesday lifted the country's moratorium on the death penalty, permitting hangings for those prisoners who have exhausted all possible appeals. The stay on capital punishment was initially partially lifted in December in response to a school attack that took 145 ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads that Amtrak, the publicly funded railroad service, is a governmental entity. However, the court remanded to US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to rule on the ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Margaret Penrose, of Texas A&M University School of Law, discusses the disarrayed nature of same-sex marriage law in the US today ... Molly Ivins, the renowned Texas satirist, once remarked, "The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly or ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Thursday stayed a ruling of the US District Court for the District of Nebraska, which would have allowed same-sex couples in Nebraska to marry beginning on March 9. The case arose out of a challenge to Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage brought ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman filed a review petition with the country's apex court Thursday against its verdict that upheld the death sentence awarded to him by the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) for war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War. ...[read more]

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