An Illinois judge on Friday ruled a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December state lawmakers passed the bill, which ...[read more]
A Missouri appeals court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a ballot proposal requiring teachers to be evaluated based on student performance. A panel of judges for the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District turned down claims that the measure improperly amends the state constitution... ...[read more]
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Indiana right-to-work law is valid under the US Constitution and federal labor laws. The legislation, enacted in February 2012, forbids an employer from requiring the payment of union dues as a condition for obtaining or ...[read more]
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday issued a pair of rulings limiting the ability of public sector employees to unionize and requiring voters to present identification. In a 5-2 decision in Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Walker, the court upheld legislation known as the Budget Repair Bill or Act 10 ...[read more]
A judge for Colorado's Adams County District Court on Wednesday struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional but immediately stayed his ruling. Judge C Scott Crabtree ruled that Amendment 43 of Colorado's state constitution, which was passed by voters in 2006 and defines ...[read more]
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday upheld Wisconsin's controversial Budget Repair Bill which significantly limits the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. Two unions representing the city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed the lawsuit in 2011, ...[read more]
The Maltese Parliament passed new legislation on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions, and providing such unions with the same rights as are afforded heterosexual marriages in the country. The bill also provides for the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed abroad. Notably, the ...[read more]
02/07/2014: NYC police unions pursued stop and frisk appeal.
01/31/2014: New York mayor dropped appeal to stop and frisk reform.
11/22/2013: Federal appeals court upheld stop and frisk ruling.
10/31/2013: Federal appeals court blocked NYPD stop and frisk changes.
09/17/2013: Federal judge ...[read more]
Stop, Question and Frisk is a proactive policing program, in which police officers use personal discretion in detaining individuals based on suspicion of felonious behavior. Recent claims of prejudice raised against the New York City Police Department are rooted in substantive law passed during ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Sara Benson of the University of Illinois College of Law discusses State Attorney General Lisa Madigan's interpretation of the statute recently passed by the Illinois Legislature allowing same-sex marriage ... Last summer the US Supreme Court issued an opinion striking down ...[read more]