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Florida senate votes to repeal ban on same-sex adoption
April 15, 2015
The Florida Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the State's ban on same-sex adoption. The Senate voted 27-11 to repeal the law, which has been on the books in Florida since 1977. The bill, which already passed the Florida House of Representatives in March, now heads to Governor Rick Scott. The Florida....... [more]

US deports El Salvador ex-general tied to 1980s civil war rights abuses
April 9, 2015
A Salvadoran ex-general linked to human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s was deported from the US on Wednesday. Former General Eugenio Vides Casanova will not face charges in El Salvador due to an amnesty law. Vides Casanova was tied to killings and torture committed by sold....... [more]

Former El Salvador general to be deported from US for human rights abuses
March 27, 2015
A former El Salvadoran Defense Minister accused of human rights abuses during the country's 1980s civil war is in US immigration custody to await deportation, immigration officials said Friday. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was arrested in Florida where he has been living since 1989. Earlier this mo....... [more]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in bankruptcy dispute
March 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral argument on Tuesday in a pair of consolidated cases involving a dispute over federal bankruptcy laws brought by Bank of America (BOA). The cases, Bank of America, NA v. Caulkett and Bank of America, NA v. Toledo-Cardona, stem from the mortgage bubble and collapse of....... [more]

Florida orders new sentences in juvenile cases
March 20, 2015
The Supreme Court of Florida on Thursday ordered re-sentencing hearings for four individuals who were convicted of felonies as juveniles. The court ruled that new sentences must comply with two US Supreme Court decisions. One of which says juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison if they have....... [more]

University of Oklahoma Expels the First Amendment
March 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman, of Florida International University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and the University of Oklahoma's decision to expel fraternity members that used racially insensitive language ... The First Amendment, Justice Holmes wrote in US v. Schwimmer....... [more]

Crazy in Alabama: But Not for the Reasons Everyone Thinks
March 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman of Florida International University College of Law discusses the intricacies of Alabama judiciary and their effect on same-sex marriage recognition describing the reasons behind Alabama judges' stance on same-sex marriage issue...Alabama has an unfortunate....... [more]

Pennsylvania's Act 13
March 9, 2015
02/17/2015: Ohio high court held local ordinances preempted by state oil and gas regulations 01/05/2015: North Carolina fracking rules challenged by environmental conservation group 12/19/2014: New York governor announced plan to ban fracking statewide 08/06/2014: Texas oil drilling company f....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule in Florida death penalty case
March 9, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Hurst v. Florida to determine "whether Florida's death sentencing scheme violated the Sixth ... or Eighth Amendment." This court granted certiorari in light of its decision in Ring v. Arizona, in which it held that a sentencing judge, sitting wit....... [more]

Florida suspends execution pending Supreme Court decision
February 19, 2015
The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a petition to stay an inmate's execution until after the US Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of lethal injection protocols in Oklahoma. This is the stay of execution outside of Oklahoma following the Supreme Court's decision to grant a petition....... [more]

Will Florida Mark the Path for Acceptance of Same-Sex Marriage in the Deep South?
February 18, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Brittney Millay, New England Law| Boston, Class of 2016, discusses how recent developments in the southern US could affect same-sex couples...After a long and drawn out battle, a state judge in Miami-Dade County lifted a temporary ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first....... [more]




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