February 24, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
An Arkansas enacted a bill that prohibits cities and local governments from establishing ordinances with anti-discrimination codes became law Monday when Asa Hutchinson declined to veto it. Critics had called for a veto, as the legislation prohibits local governments from enacting laws to protect ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The challenge, filed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, petitions the court to reject the reprieve as an unconstitutional ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday temporarily blocked two key parts of a recent immigration initiative announced by US President Barack Obama that would deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. Obama announced two programs in November, purportedly under his executive authority as ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday rescinded a number of executive orders by the former governor, including one that protected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) state employees from unfair hiring practices, sexual harassment and other types of discrimination at work. The previous ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report, in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the abusive rule of former Iraqi ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Addison Morris
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the state-led coalition in its suit against the Obama administration over November's executive action on immigration. This brings the total number of states involved to 26, meaning that more than half ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The charges against ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Jill Family, Widener University School of Law, discusses Obama's recent immigration executive actions and the Obama administration's exercises of executive power...The push and pull between President Obama and Congress over various issues often too quickly boils down to ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $40 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on a 236-191 vote, which included amendments to repeal two key facets to President Barack Obama's immigration action. The first amendment, passed on a 237-190 vote, is to block a ...[read more]
January 10, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
A White House official on Saturday announced that President Barack Obama plans to address cybersecurity as it relates to American consumers and businesses next week. According to the official, the plan will include legislative initiatives and executive actions. The announcement comes in the wake ...[read more]

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