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Federal appeals court rejects motion to move Boston Marathon bombing trial
March 1, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Friday rejected a motion by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to move the Boston Marathon bombing trial out of Boston. The judges, divided in their decision 2-1, decided whether a jury selected from more than 5 million eastern Massachusetts residents could be fair an....... [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]

Federal judge rejects plea for delay in Boston bombing trial
January 15, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Wednesday rejected the latest plea by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to pause jury selection for his trial due to the recent attacks in Paris. The judge, in a short ruling, noted that he had given p....... [more]

Jury selection begins for Boston Marathon bombing suspect
January 5, 2015
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the Boston Marathon bombings, arrived at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Monday for jury selection in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev will sit with his attorneys as approximately 1,200 potential jurors are called to the federal cour....... [more]

Federal appeals court overturns inmate sex change order
December 17, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have granted inmate Michelle Kosilek taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. The 3-2 decision overruled a 2012 decision by Judge Mark Wolf of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Mich....... [more]

Affirmative action lawsuit challenges Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill admission policies
November 18, 2014
Lawsuits were filed in Massachusetts and North Carolina federal district courts against Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, arguing that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the country. The lawsuits contend that the US Supreme Cou....... [more]

US states ask Supreme Court to issue definitive ruling on same-sex marriage
September 5, 2014
Thirty-two states asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the court to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn the bans. Seventeen states tha....... [more]

Florida Supreme Court asked to rule on same-sex marriage
August 28, 2014
The Florida Second District Court of Appeal on Wednesday issued an opinion calling upon the Florida Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The case involves a same-sex couple that married in Massachusetts in 2010 and subsequently relocated to Florida....... [more]

MA governor signs abortion buffer zone bill
July 31, 2014
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill Wednesday tightening security regulations to protect clients and patients at abortion clinics from abusive protests and demonstrations. The Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities was proposed in reacti....... [more]

Supreme Court rules abortion clinic buffer zone violates First Amendment
June 26, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protester-free buffer zone around the entrance or driveway of an abortion clinic is unconstitutional. In McCullen v. Coakley the court considered the questions of whether the buffer zone, created by the Reproductive Hea....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on threats, administrative rule interpretations
June 16, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, as....... [more]




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