December 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Two hundred sixty Chinese lawyers signed an open letter condemning police action in the northeastern province of Jilin where a lawyer was detained after invoking the constitutional rights of free speech and religion in court. The lawyer, Zhang Keke, was taken from court and detained for six hours ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate allegedly suffering from severe mental illness. The inmate, Scott Panetti, was sentenced to death for the killing of his parents-in-law in 1992. The per curium opinion ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul on Tuesday urged the government of East Timor to reconsider the dismissing of international judges and prosecutors. Knaul believes that the audit and dismissal of judicial personnel puts the independence of the ...[read more]
November 25, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) announced Monday that the trial of two Cambodian leaders accused of committing genocide will be postponed to January 2015. Lawyers for Khieu Samphan have refused to participate in trial proceedings before the appeal from the decision at ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Valerie Howell
Seven same-sex couples submitted a petition on Thursday asking the US Supreme Court to review the district court's decision to uphold Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before it proceeds to the federal appeals court. The petition presents the court with the question of whether a state's ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) issued a report on Tuesday discussing the "unprecedented clampdown on dissent" in the United Arab Emirates since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms. This report details some of the tactics widely used by ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Italian appeals court in Milan on Thursday reduced the sentences for three former aides to Silvio Berlusconi for their roles in procuring prostitutes for the former prime minister while he was in office. The convictions against former TV executive Emilio Fede and talent agent Dario Mora were ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that a change in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman should come from the legislative process ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Kelsey, of George Mason University School of Law, discusses the Supreme Court's recent actions on same-sex marriage ...The Constitution provides no citizen of any gender or orientation a Constitutional right to marriage. The Constitution is silent on the issue of ...[read more]

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