December 7, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
The United Nations Office of the Higher Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported their concerns on Friday over the outcome of both the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsak, said "I am concerned by the grand juries' decisions and the ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. The court found that the bans violate same-sex couples' due process and equal protection rights. The three-judge panel rejected arguments that same-sex marriages are harmful to ...[read more]
October 8, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill on Monday that would have permitted lawful permanent immigrants to serve on juries. The bill's supporters compared disqualifying permanent residents to outdated laws that preventing women and minorities from serving on juries, while the opposition felt ...[read more]
August 14, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
The Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled Monday that non-English speaking citizens can serve on juries. The ruling arose from a criminal case involving a defendant convicted of murder who appealed his conviction in part because the district court dismissed a prospective juror who was Spanish-speaking ...[read more]
June 27, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On June 27, 2011, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich of wire fraud, extortion and bribery. He had previously been found guilty of making false statements to the FBI. Blagojevich faced several deadlocked juries and tried to ...[read more]
March 27, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On March 27, 2010, former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky released a statement during his embezzlement trial which claimed that jury trials in Russia were severely restricted and that entering a plea of "not guilty" plea often leads to retaliatory verdicts and penalties. The statement ...[read more]
June 3, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
A report released Tuesday by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) details continued widespread racial discrimination in jury selection in Southern states. EJI conducted research in eight southern states over a two-year period and found that the practice of striking members from a jury based on race ...[read more]
April 20, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth
Russia's Constitutional Court on Monday upheld the practice of trying terrorism cases in the absence of juries. Several Russian citizens had challenged the constitutionality of certain provisions of the country's Criminal Procedure Code, which provided that criminal cases involving crimes ...[read more]
September 7, 2009
by Amelia Mathias
A UK jury found three men guilty of conspiracy to murder after plotting to blow up transatlantic flights using liquid explosives. The three men, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar, and Tanvid Hussain, were part of a larger plot allegedly organized by British national Rashid Rauf, arrested in ...[read more]
June 18, 2009
by Devin Montgomery
A judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals for England and Walesheld Thursday that a court can require a judge-only criminal trial for four men suspected of tampering with juries convened to consider robbery charges against them. The ruling is the first application of a Criminal Justice Act 2003... ...[read more]

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