Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph introduced Senate Bill 136 to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when ...[read more]
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday ruled that a law prohibiting individuals who have been committed to a mental institution for any amount of time from possessing a firearm is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. The challenge to the federal gun law arose out of a ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in four cases on Tuesday. In City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan the court has been asked to decide whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires law enforcement to accommodate a mentally ill, violent and armed suspect when taken ...[read more]
Romani children are continuing to be placed in special needs schools by Czech authorities, despite a European Court of Human Rights decision, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. The case was decided over seven years ago, and involved a group of primary-school Roma children who were ...[read more]
Attorneys for a convicted Missouri man and 15 former judges on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to block his execution, claiming that mistakes were made by his former attorneys, which led him to lose his opportunity to appeal his case to the federal courts. Mark Christeson, 35, is scheduled to ...[read more]
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Thursday ruled that a Texas voter ID law violates the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the US Constitution because it is racially discriminatory and places a substantial burden on the right to vote. The law requires ...[read more]
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday celebrated the 150th ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as Guyana became the latest country ratify the document. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, on behalf of the Committee on the Rights of ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Schneider, Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 2015, explores criticisms of the DSM-5 after the US Supreme Court used it as the sole national standard to define intellectual disability in Hall v. Florida...In its 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, the US ...[read more]
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]