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Georgia lawmakers approve medical marijuana bill
March 26, 2015
The Georgia General Assembly approved a bill on Wednesday legalizing marijuana for limited medical purposes. The proposed legislation is expected to be signed into law shortly by Governor Nathan Deal. The bill, also known as Haleigh's Hope Act, would specifically allow for the use of a marijuana-ba....... [more]

UN expert: Georgia's treatment of prisoners improved, but more must be done
March 20, 2015
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez on Thursday outlined the substantial progress Georgia has made in eliminating torture and poor conditions in their prisons. But Mr. Méndez stressed that further changes still must be made. According to the report, Georgia's prison system has improve....... [more]

Russia president signs treaty 'integrating' South Ossetia breakaway region
March 18, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty Wednesday to tighten control over the South Ossetia breakaway region. The treaty calls for full integration of the South Ossetia economy and military into Russia's. The treaty further makes it easier for citizens to gain Russian citizenship and raises....... [more]

Alabama court recognizes same-sex adoption
March 1, 2015
The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on Friday ruled that the state must recognize the out-of-state adoption of a biological mother's same-sex partner. The plaintiff was the biological mother of three children appealing a court order that granted visitation rights to her former same-sex partner. The p....... [more]

ACLU challenges debt collection practices that target the poor
January 30, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Friday filed a lawsuit in federal court that effectively challenges debt collection practices that have resulted in the jailing of many low-income people. The ACLU brought the case in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia after a teen....... [more]

Georgia executes inmate despite claims of intellectual disability
January 28, 2015
The state of Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill Tuesday despite arguments made by his attorneys that he was intellectually disabled. The US Supreme Court denied Hill's application for stay of execution, rejecting both his petition for habeas corpus and writ of certiorari. Two Justices, Stephen....... [more]

Mosque Controversy in Georgia
January 9, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Azadeh Shahshahani, of the ACLU of Georgia, discusses a recent controversy surrounding a mosque in Georgia ... Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant comments....... [more]

Georgia top court rules use of private probation companies constitutional
November 25, 2014
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that private companies may continue to monitor probationers in that state but that it is illegal to elongate a probationer's sentence from the original sentence. Thirteen plaintiffs filed suit against Sentinel Offender Services challenging the constitutiona....... [more]

DOD announces transfer of 5 Guantanamo detainees
November 21, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Thursday the transfer of five detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Three are being transferred to the country of Georgia, while Slovakia will accepted the transfer of two more detainees. In 2009 the Guantanamo Review Task Force, compo....... [more]

Georgia judge denies death row inmate's challenge to state intellectual disability standard
October 2, 2014
A judge from Georgia's Towaliga Judicial Circuit ruled Monday that death row inmate Warren Lee Hill has failed to meet the state's requirement to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt as a bar to execution. Hill's lawyers argued Georgia's high standard for proving intellectual disa....... [more]

Botched executions & evolving standards of decency: What can we learn from Wood's death?
August 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sacha Baniel-Stark, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the botched execution of Joseph Wood and analyzes the dissenting opinion from the denial of Wood's motion to stay his execution, which argued that capital punishment by lethal injection is fundament....... [more]




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