June 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
05/27/2014: Supreme Court found Florida IQ cutoff for executions unconstitutional. 03/03/2014: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on death penalty for intellectually disabled. 05/02/2014: Obama expressed desire to ask AG Holder to investigate death penalty issues. 05/02/2014: UN urged death ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Since the US Supreme Court first addressed the death penalty the 1879 case Wilkerson v. Utah, the Court has struggled with determining the penalty's constitutional boundaries. In 1976 the court held in Gregg v. Georgia that the imposition of the death penalty does not always violate the Eighth ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Michael Roberts
The death penalty has been a permissible form of punishment for certain crimes in the United States throughout the nation's history, with the first recorded case occurring in 1608. The Supreme Court has held on numerous occasions that state proscription of the death penalty is not a violation of ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) found on Wednesday that Argentine authorities had failed to ensure equal access and use of prison services and facilities for a prisoner with disabilities. The CRPD stated that Argentina is obliged to not only correct the current ...[read more]
November 8, 2013
by Peter Snyder
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Thursday that New York City violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to accommodate the needs of the city's disabled residents during recent emergencies. The lawsuit certified as a class action in ...[read more]
September 18, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) said Tuesday that the ongoing Syrian Civil War has victimized those with disabilities. The committee, which is made up of independent human rights experts, noted that Syria is a party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons ...[read more]
September 14, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
An independent UN human rights expert on Friday urge Moldovan authorities to adopt regulations that allow for greater inclusion for those with disabilities and Romas into society. UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepulveda, recently finished a fact finding ...[read more]
August 16, 2013
by Blake Lynch
The UK Court of Protection ruled Friday that a man with learning disabilities who does not possess the capacity to provide informed consent should have a vasectomy because it is in his "best interests." The man, known as DE, has already fathered one child with his girlfriend and the child is now ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The UK Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a law against euthanasia. Tony Nicholson, now deceased, was the victim of a paralyzing stroke. Paul Lamb was severely paralyzed after a car accident. Both men challenged the UK's definition of murder, seeking medical assistance in committing suicide. In ...[read more]

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