July 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees on Thursday filed an emergency application in the US District Court for the District of Columbia for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the government from depriving the inmates of the right to pray communally during the month of Ramadan. Lawyers for ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
New York lawmakers have approved funding for a program to provide lawyers to indigent residents facing deportation hearings. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project was created last year but was only funded at $500,000. Wednesday's vote by the New York City Council expands funding to $4.9 ...[read more]
June 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Obama administration on Friday announced that it would boost the ranks of immigration judges, lawyers and asylum officers to decrease the flow of undocumented children into the country. According to homeland security deputy director Alejandro Mayorkas, 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on ...[read more]
May 27, 2014
by Max Slater
The US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Florida law permitting the death penalty for criminal defendants whose IQ is greater than 70 violates the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution. The case, Hall v. Florida involved a defendant who was sentenced to death for killing a pregnant woman and ...[read more]
May 25, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order late Thursday allowing the military to resume force feeding a Syrian prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, stating that "the court is in no position to make the complex medical decisions necessary" to keep the prisoner alive. In ...[read more]
May 14, 2014
by Max Slater
Police in the Pakistani province of Punjab on Tuesday filed charges of blasphemy against 68 lawyers for protesting police actions. Last week several dozen lawyers, mostly from Pakistan's Shiite minority, staged a protest against a high-ranking police official for detaining and beating a lawyer ...[read more]
May 9, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the state of Indiana must recognize the out-of-state marriage of a same-sex couple during the couple's legal battle to have the name of one of the women listed as spouse on the death certificate of her terminally ill partner. The preliminary injunction, granted ...[read more]
April 24, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Lawmakers in Kosovo on Wednesday voted 89-22 to create an EU-backed court that will investigate crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war with Serbia. The move follows international pressure for Kosovo to open a state investigation into civilian killings committed by the ...[read more]
April 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of two death row prisoners who have challenged the legality of the state's lethal injection drugs. The stay comes just one day before one of the inmates, Clayton Lockett, was to be executed and one week before Charles Warner was scheduled ...[read more]
April 18, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
A Chinese court on Friday convicted activists with ties to the New Citizens Movement on the grounds of gathering a mob to disturb the public. The New Citizens Movement is a grass-roots organization which seeks to draw attention to matters of public concern, including equal access to education and ...[read more]

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