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 20, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases Monday. In City of Los Angeles v. Patel the court has been asked to resolve a circuit split between the US Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and the Sixth Circuits regarding the constitutionality of hotel guest registry inspection ordinances ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US Supreme Court on Saturday allowed Texas to enforce a strict 2011 voter identification law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. The court provided no reasoning in its order, which will be in effect for November's general elections. Early voting in the state begins this ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
As of Friday same-sex marriage has become legal in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska. US District Courts for the Districts of Arizona and Wyoming struck down same-sex marriage bans in Wyoming and Arizona, respectively, on Friday. Additionally the US Supreme Court rejected a petition by Alaska to stay ...[read more]
October 16, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in two cases fraught with procedural issues. In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. the court must decide whether to allow the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to continue to qualify every issue bearing on the scope of an ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday placed a hold on a Texas law that would have forced several abortion clinics to close. The bill requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed and ...[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 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) could refuse to release a 2010 memo regarding phone record collection under an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court will not hear an appeal from civil liberties ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
US District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Saturday filed a permanent injunction against the enforcement of a Texas voter ID law. The injunction follows a 147-page opinion issued on Thursday in which Ramos found that the voter ID law violates the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the US ...[read more]
October 11, 2014
by Ann Schober
Federal courts on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriage in North Carolina and Idaho. A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage on constitutional grounds. US District Judge Max Cogburn stated that the issue ...[read more]

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