July 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge in Florida's Monroe County ruled Thursday that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in favor of same-sex couples who had challenged the voter-approved ban after they were denied a marriage license by the Monroe County clerk. In his ruling, ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday struck down California's death penalty, finding that it violates the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was ...[read more]
July 13, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Friday denied Utah's request to block legal recognition of about 1,300 same-sex weddings performed after the state's ban was briefly lifted in December. The request came in response to both the District Court for the District of Utah's ruling in ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Bilal Khan discusses the legal implications of the use of force against ISIS in IRAQ... The Factual Background The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) made headlines in June, when it escalated its offensives in Iraq. By June 10, it had captured Iraq's second ...[read more]
July 2, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The New York Court of Appeals ruled 5-2 Tuesday that a criminal cyberbullying statute enacted by the Albany County Legislature violated the First Amendment. The defendant, a 15-year-old high school student, was criminally prosecuted under the law after he "anonymously posted sexual information ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Thursday struck down a voter-approved amendment to the Kentucky constitution banning same-sex marriages. The lawsuit was filed by two same-sex couples who attempted to apply for a marriage license and were denied. The ...[read more]
June 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday ordered a stay on the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana's ruling striking down Indiana's ban on gay marriage, pending an appeal of the case. In the two days between the ruling and the stay, hundreds of same sex couples ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher
A panel of judges sitting for the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling striking down Utah's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The US District Court for the District of Utah struck down Utah's constitutional and statutory bans on ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Wednesday struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Three lawsuits, including one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of 15 people, all sought to challenge parts of Indiana ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A Montana judge has struck down most of a voter approved immigration law that requires government officials to check the immigration status of anyone applying for state services. The law was approved by voters in November 2012 by an overwhelming majority of 74 percent. Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled ...[read more]

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