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Two men charged in US in Gambia coup attempt
January 5, 2015
Two men have been charged in the US with conspiring to help overthrow the government of The Gambia. According to the complaint, Cherno Njie and Papa Faal traveled last month from the US to The Gambia to participate in a coup attempt while Gambian President Yahya Jammeh was away. The men later return....... [more]

California DNA collection law struck down
December 5, 2014
California's First District Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down a California law which requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony. The case had been remanded from the California Supreme Court with orders to affirm the law due to the decision rendere....... [more]

Federal judge upholds critical provisions of Maryland gun control law
August 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland on Tuesday upheld two key provisions of the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013 that ban certain types of "assault weapons" and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds. Judge Catherine Blake found that the state's law served the government's....... [more]

Montana judge strikes down immigration law
June 24, 2014
A Montana judge has struck down most of a voter approved immigration law that requires government officials to check the immigration status of anyone applying for state services. The law was approved by voters in November 2012 by an overwhelming majority of 74 percent. Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled F....... [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]

Supreme Court to rule in Maryland income tax case
May 27, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in Comptroller v. Wynne to determine whether the US Constitution prohibits a state from taxing all the income of its residentsówherever earnedóby mandating a credit for taxes paid on income earned in other states. Maryland allows such a cr....... [more]

Maryland lawmakers pass bill to decriminalize marijuana
April 6, 2014
The Maryland state House of Representatives passed a bill on Saturday that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House voted 78 to 55 to impose civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana. Those in favor of the bil....... [more]

States and Marijuana
November 1, 2013
Marijuana is illegal in the US under a variety of federal statutes that criminalize the production, distribution and possession of the substance for any purpose. Regardless of this, laws in 21 states and the District of Columbia permit for some legal use of the substance. This ranges from the legali....... [more]

Kenya's ICC Withdrawal: The Wrong Face for ICC-Africa Relationship Debates
October 8, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Jess Kyle, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the International Criminal Court's African involvement in light of Kenya's withdrawal... Ideally, the operations of the International Criminal Court (ICC) toward justice would reinforce....... [more]

Federal judge rejects challenges to Maryland firearm law
October 2, 2013
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected constitutional challenges against a new Maryland firearm law that went into effect the same day. The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 limits certain assault weapons and removable magazines and requires safety training and fingerprint for potential buyers. While the rece....... [more]

Gun rights advocates challenge Maryland firearm safety law
September 28, 2013
Several Maryland residents, gun store owners and gun rights advocates have filed two lawsuits and a restraining order Thursday and Friday in the US District Court for the District of Maryland to block the implementation of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 on Tuesday. The act limits handgun magazines....... [more]