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Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]

Concealed and Open Carry under the Second Amendment
July 17, 2014
06/26/2014: Federal judge upheld Colorado gun control laws 04/23/2014: Georgia governor signed bill expanding gun carry rights 03/31/2014: Federal judge ruled immigrants have same gun carrying rights as citizens 03/25/2014: Ninth Circuit upheld San Francisco gun control laws 02/13/2014: Nin....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down California death penalty
July 16, 2014
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 se....... [more]

California governor signs bill making state's marriage law gender-neutral
July 8, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill that will change the language in California's marriage code to accommodate same-sex couples. The bill, introduced by California Senator Mark Leno, proposes that all state-statutory references to opposite-gender couples, such as "husb....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to California fuel law
July 1, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition for certiorari in an appeal from the US Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit decision that California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard does not violate the Dormant Commerce Clause. The regulation requires reduction of carbon emissions for fuels. Emissions are....... [more]

Will Supremes Apply Cell Phone Privacy to Metadata Collection?
June 30, 2014
JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses some of the possible implications of the Supreme Court's recent decision on cell phone searches ... In one of the most significant Fourth Amendment rulings ever handed down by the Supreme Court, all nine justic....... [more]

Supreme Court rules warrant required to search arrestee's cell phone
June 25, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers must obtain a warrant before searching a person's cell phone data, even at the time of arrest. In Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie, the court considered the question of whether a search of cell phone data without a warrant viol....... [more]

Federal appeals court strikes down Los Angeles ban on living in motor vehicles
June 21, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law which prohibits people from living out of their vehicles. Prior to the decision from the federal appeals court, the act of using a vehicle "as living quarters either overnight, day-by-day, or otherwis....... [more]

California court strikes down teacher tenure system
June 12, 2014
A judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday ruled that the state's system for tenure and seniority for public school teachers is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs, nine California public school students, challenged five provisions of the California Education Code that provide teacher....... [more]

Current State Bans on Affirmative Action
June 5, 2014
Michigan is not the only US state to maintain some type of ban on race-conscious affirmative action policies. In 1996 California voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution that prohibited public institutions from using affirmative action policies. Under Proposition 209, state employmen....... [more]

The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action
June 5, 2014
The Supreme Court first addressed affirmative action in the 1978 case of Bakke v. Regents of the University of California, which concerned the University of California Davis Medical School's use of quota systems for admissions. The Supreme Court held that the quota system, which allocated a specific....... [more]




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