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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]

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]

Ukraine president signs EU trade and economic pact
June 28, 2014
New Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday signed a trade and economic pact with the European Union (EU) in an attempt to move from past Russian ties towards European influence. Ukraine, along with Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, is currently a part of the Conference of the Regional and....... [more]

Death Penalty and Intellectual Disabilities
June 17, 2014
05/27/2014: Supreme Court found Florida IQ cutoff for executions unconstitutional. 03/03/2014: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on death penalty for intellectually disabled. 05/02/2014: Obama expressed desire to ask AG Holder to investigate death penalty issues. 05/02/2014: UN urged death p....... [more]

State Death Penalty IQ Cutoffs
June 17, 2014
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The remain....... [more]

The Supreme Court, the Death Penalty and Intellectual Disabilities
June 17, 2014
Since the US Supreme Court first addressed the death penalty the 1879 case Wilkerson v. Utah, the Court has struggled with determining the penalty's constitutional boundaries. In 1976 the court held in Gregg v. Georgia that the imposition of the death penalty does not always violate the Eighth Amend....... [more]

Death Penalty and Intellectual Disabilities
June 17, 2014
The death penalty has been a permissible form of punishment for certain crimes in the United States throughout the nation's history, with the first recorded case occurring in 1608. The Supreme Court has held on numerous occasions that state proscription of the death penalty is not a violation of th....... [more]

Death in the Sunset of a Constitutional Showdown
June 1, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Sudeall Lucas of Georgia State University College of Law discusses the constitutionality of the opposing arguments surrounding the death penalty ... Society's memory is short. So, it may be few are still lingering over the particulars of the botched execution that occur....... [more]

Georgia high court rules source of execution drugs can remain secret
May 20, 2014
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional. In a 5-2 decision, the court reversed a lower court ruling that granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill's l....... [more]

Georgia's Concealed Carry Expansion: A Victory for Individual Rights
April 30, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Thomas Warns, New York University School of Law, Class of 2015, discusses Georgia's Safe Carry Protection Act and the balance it strikes between rights to private property and self-defense...Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law a bill which expanded the rights....... [more]




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