April 2014
4 days ago

JURIST Guest Columnist David Gespass of Gespass and Johnson argues that the US Supreme Court should elevate substance over form and preserve freedom of speech...Government officials have learned, over many years, that the best way to restrict civil liberties is piecemeal. If one wants to take some salami without it …

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April 2014
5 days ago

JURIST Guest Columnist Gretchen Helfrich of Mayer Brown LLP and John Knight of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss the challenge to Wisconsin's same-sex marriage law...For same-sex couples in Wisconsin—many of whom have been in loving, committed relationships for decades—it's been frustrating to watch marriage arrive in state after state, …

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5 days ago

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul M. Smith of Jenner & Block discusses the recent oral arguments in Hall v. Florida...In 2002, the US Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia that the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment contained in the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution forbids the execution …

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March 2014
26 Mar 2014

JURIST Guest Columnists William L. Laufer, Laurence J. Cutler, and John J. Harper, J.S.C. (retired) of Laufer, Dalena, Cadicina, Jensen & Boyd, LLC, comment on the unique issues presented by the case of Rachel Canning, the eighteen year old who filed suit against her parents for financial support and college …

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26 Mar 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Alex Abdo of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) explains the constitutional issues surrounding dragnet surveillance and why the ACLU and others are correct in challenging the broad surveillance...Ever since Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency's (NSA) sweeping surveillance of US citizens and residents, our country …

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25 Mar 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom describes the motivation behind Religious Freedom Restoration Acts and the impact Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's veto of SB 1062 could have on the residents of Arizona...Suppose members of the white-supremacist Aryan Nation Church decide to hold a rally where they …

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24 Mar 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Rae Vann of Norris, Tysse, Lampley & Lakis discusses CarMax v. Fowler and the Federal Arbitration Act...It is now well settled that the use of mandatory arbitration in the employment context is legally permissible. In fact, many would say that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)—which requires that …

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20 Mar 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Jon B. Eisenberg of Horvitz & Levy, LLP discusses the controversial methods used against Guantanamo detainees...US military personnel at Guantanamo Bay are grievously abusing hunger-striking detainees, using force-feeding techniques akin to a medieval form of torture called "pumping" and colloquially known as the "water cure." Pumping featured …

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19 Mar 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Hanni Fakhoury of Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses state courts and cell phone privacy...In a span of ten days, three separate state Supreme Court decisions expanded privacy protections in cell phones in important ways. While residents of Massachusetts, Texas and Washington got a little more security, state and …

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19 Mar 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Balkees Jarrah of Human Rights Watch makes the case for why the US should publicly support a referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court...Recently, US Secretary of State John Kerry reported that President Barack Obama had asked his top aides for new policy …

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