January 30, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Jacob Huebert, of the Liberty Justice Center, discusses a new Illinois eavesdropping law and argues that the Illinois legislators should repeal the law as it violates constitutional principles and individual freedoms...For a few weeks in late 2014, the police killings of ...[read more]
January 8, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a petition asking the US Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling upholding Wisconsin's voter identification law. Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo ID to vote, was struck down by a federal ...[read more]
January 3, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-1 last week that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional. The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County judge that struck down portions of ...[read more]
December 29, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday after 13 years of conflict. The quiet ceremony in Kabul was arranged in secret due to increasing Taliban strikes in the area, including suicide bombings and gun violence. On January 1 the US-led ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday ruled that a law prohibiting individuals who have been committed to a mental institution for any amount of time from possessing a firearm is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. The challenge to the federal gun law arose out of a ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The Israeli army's air strikes on four landmark buildings in Gaza from July to August this year were deliberate and indicative of war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. No one was killed in the attacks, but many civilians in neighboring buildings were severely injured. AI reported ...[read more]
November 28, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The Texas 13th Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that Texas's implied consent law, which allows officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional. The court was asked to examine the law after David Villarreal was stopped by police as a DWI suspect in 2012 ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
11/14/2014: UN investigators blamed Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria. 11/04/2014: HRW: Islamic States militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria 10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners 10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria ...[read more]
November 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey on Friday ruled that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting, a move the state was taking to boost the struggling horse racing and casino industries. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act ...[read more]

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