May 14, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, was enacted to ...[read more]
May 8, 2015
by Emelina Perez
UN human rights experts on Friday condemned the growing number of executions in Iran in recent years. According to the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran and on extrajudicial executions, Iran has executed about 350 people in 2015 and executed approximately six people per ...[read more]
April 30, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage ...[read more]
April 29, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Glossip v. Gross the court heard arguments on whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the director of ...[read more]
April 28, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Eight convicted drug smugglers were executed in Indonesia early Wednesday despite international criticism and pleas for clemency. Among those executed by firing squad were Australian nationals Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, part of the so-called "Bali Nine," who were arrested in 2005 for ...[read more]
April 27, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indonesian Constitutional Court has agreed to hear a last minute appeal by two condemned drug smugglers known as the "Bali Nine Pair". The pair's legal representative said Monday that the court has agreed to hear the appeal. The pair had been due to face death by firing squad Wednesday after ...[read more]
April 26, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
Indonesia notified nine convicted of drug traffickers--four Nigerian men, two Australian men, a Filipino woman, and one man each from Brazil, France and Indonesia--that their executions will be carried out within 72 hours. The executions will be carried out by firing squad in Besi prison on ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in McFadden v. United States to determine what level of knowledge is required for a narcotics conviction. The question originally before the court was whether, to convict a defendant of distribution of a controlled substance analogue, the ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States that "a seizure justified ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court considers Glossip v. Gross, a case ...[read more]

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