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Federal government sues New York City over Rikers Island prison conditions
December 18, 2014
Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday over violent conditions at Rikers Island prison. The lawsuit comes after an August report by the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York, which found a "deep-seated culture of violence" against teenage inmates at the facility. Whi....... [more]

DOJ to investigate death of Eric Garner
December 4, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will launch a civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who was killed last summer after being placed in a choke hold by a white New York City police officer during an arres....... [more]

Supreme Court lets New York City pregnancy center ordinance stand
November 4, 2014
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to rule on a challenge to New York City Administrative Code 20-816, which requires non-profit crisis pregnancy centers to disclose whether they have a licensed medical provider on staff. The ordinance requires that pregnancy service centers make certain di....... [more]

2014 UN Climate Summit
November 2, 2014
The UN has been actively engaged in the climate change conversation as a entity mediating and taking the lead on many initiatives. The most recent such activity was the UN Climate Summit 2014 ("the Summit"), held from September 23, 2014- September 30, 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York. UN Sec....... [more]

Arkansas court hears arguments for voter ID case
October 2, 2014
Oral arguments for a case challenging Arkansas' voter ID law began on Thursday, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. The Brennan Center for Justice filed an amicus brief supporting the challengers. Act 595, passed in 2013 by the Arkansas legislature, re....... [more]

US judge declares Argentina in contempt of court
September 30, 2014
Judge Thomas Griesa of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York declared Argentina in contempt of court Monday for the ongoing debt dispute after Buenos Aires refused to pay two US hedge funds and sought to sidestep his court order that forbids the government from paying only the....... [more]

Why "Federalism" Should Not Prevent Nationwide Marriage Equality
September 29, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Glasgow, a fellow at the New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Center, discusses the reasons why the Windsor decision was not based on federalism...Advocates and opponents of same-sex marriage are breathlessly waiting for news from the Supreme Court that....... [more]

India PM facing human rights suit in US
September 26, 2014
The American Justice Center on Thursday filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of anonymous survivors against India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for human rights abuses stemming from the religious riots in Gujarat in 2002. Modi was chief....... [more]

Former House majority leader subpoenaed in terrorism financing case
September 24, 2014
Former US House Majority leader Eric Cantor has been subpoenaed in a terrorism financing case against Bank of China, media reported Tuesday. Cantor was subpoenaed by the Israel Law Center based on his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussing why former senior Mossad official....... [more]

US court holds Arab Bank liable to victims of Hamas
September 23, 2014
A jury for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Monday found the Jordan-based Arab Bank liable for providing material support to Hamas. The plaintiffs were 300 victims injured in attacks by Hamas against Israel. The jury found that Arab Bank conducted business with leaders....... [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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