October 20, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
JURIST Guest Columnist D'Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the National LGBT Bar Association discusses reasons why the "gay panic" defense should be outlawed...Just over a year ago, barely a dozen states recognized lesbian and gay marriages. Today, following a sea of change spurred on by rapidly ...[read more]
October 16, 2014
by Andrew Morgan
The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law in 2005, ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The brother of Clayton Lockett, whose prolonged execution last April caused Oklahoma to suspend its death penalty to review procedures, filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma Monday. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, contends that the ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado the court is tasked with deciding whether Nebraska violated a compact apportioning the waters of the Republican River between Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, and, if so, what relief is appropriate to ...[read more]
October 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an order last week asking authorities in Saudi Arabia to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir while he is on pilgrimage in Mecca currently. The order came in response to an urgent request from the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Wednesday ...[read more]
September 25, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A panel for the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the district court's order that expands Ohio's voting schedule can remain in effect. Earlier this month US District Court Judge Peter Economus ruled that an Ohio law that cut down the 35 days of early in-person ...[read more]
September 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A report by Rights and Resources on Wednesday warned of the growing pressure for land and resources that threatens communities dependent on tropical forests. The report will be presented at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. There has been longstanding demand from indigenous peoples for ...[read more]
September 13, 2014
by Ann Schober
The European Court of Justice (EJC) ruled on Thursday that EU member states may authorize public libraries to digitize works contained in their collections without the consent of the rights holders. The ruling comes after the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany brought a lawsuit against ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Thursday struck down a contested law in Ohio, known as the false statements law, which barred people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates in the course of a campaign or nomination ...[read more]
September 7, 2014
by William Helbling
Alliance Defending Attorneys (ADF) filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a city of Pittsburgh ordinance that creates numerous protest-free zones. The ordinance specifically states that one may not "knowingly congregate, patrol, picket or demonstrate in a zone extending 15 feet from any entrance to ...[read more]

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