March 5, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of Plumhoff v. Rickard on whether the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in denying qualified immunity to police offers who were found to have used unreasonable force against a suspect. The case was brought on appeal by ...[read more]
March 4, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Wimmer, founder of Emergent Legal, discusses Plumhoff v. Rickard and qualified immunity...This term, the US Supreme Court will decide Plumhoff v. Rickard, a qualified immunity case arising out of the police shooting deaths of a man and woman in Memphis, ...[read more]
March 2, 2014
by Michael Micsky
JURIST Guest Columnist Angela Johnson, University of Notre Dame Law School Class of 2014, offers insight into the short per curiam decision in Stanton v. Sims issued by the US Supreme Court on November 4, 2013 which may have created a major hurdle for plaintiffs vindicating constitutional rights ...[read more]
January 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Romania's Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected legislation that would make it more difficult to prosecute elected government officials and make libel a criminal offense after criticism from abroad. The draft law would have provided lawmakers and government officials immunity from prosecution ...[read more]
December 9, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper the court heard arguments on "Whether Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) immunity may be denied without a determination that the air carrier's disclosure was materially false." The ...[read more]
December 2, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community the court was asked to consider whether tribal sovereign immunity bars a state from suing in federal court to enjoin a tribe from violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) outside of ...[read more]
November 28, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Italian Senate voted on Wednesday to expel Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from parliament, effective immediately, following his conviction for tax fraud. Berlusconi could face prosecution for other crimes now that his immunity has been lost. As a result of his expulsion, he may not take ...[read more]
November 27, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in four cases on Tuesday. First are the two cases surrounding the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores is a challenge by a closely held corporation claiming religious ...[read more]
November 20, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a statement calling on Yemen's National Dialogue Conference (NDC) to endorse proposed legislation that would strike down a 2012 law providing blanket immunity to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The current law grants Saleh immunity from ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The Czech Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that former prime minster Petr Necas is not entitled to immunity from prosecution and could could face corruption charges. Necas resigned in June after the exposure of a widespread corruption scandal, including an affair with his chief of staff, Jana ...[read more]

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