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Maine Median Strip Ordinance Unconstitutional
March 14, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Zachary L. Heiden, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, says that the Portland, Maine ordinance banning anyone from standing, sitting or loitering in any median strip is a content-based restriction that fails to comply with the First Amendment...In Cu....... [more]

Oregon AG refuses to defend same-sex marriage ban
February 21, 2014
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a filing on Thursday that her office will not defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. Rosenblum said that the ban cannot survive a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review. Rosenblum went on to say that there was no rational bas....... [more]

Federal judge rules panhandling ban in Maine unconstitutional
February 13, 2014
The United States District Court of Maine ruled on Wednesday that a city ordinance banning people from panhandling in median strips of streets was unconstitutional. US District Judge George Singal found that the Portland, Maine ordinance's distinction between allowing people to be in the medians to....... [more]

Oregon couples challenge same-sex marriage ban
October 16, 2013
Lawyers for two Portland same-sex couples on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Oregon challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs' claim is based on violations of due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment. They claim that....... [more]

Federal appeals court rejects New Jersey sports gambling law
September 18, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Tuesday ruled that New Jersey's sports wagering law conflicts with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) and thus, should not be implemented. PASPA makes sports betting illegal nationwide except in Nevada, Oregon, Delaware....... [more]

Federal judge grants partial victory to individuals on no-fly list
August 30, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Wednesday that those placed on the US government's no-fly list have "a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the No Fly List." The plaintiffs in the case....... [more]

Oregon Supreme Court upholds governor's death penalty moratorium
June 21, 2013
The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a death row inmate cannot reject a reprieve by the governor. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in 2011 issued a temporary reprieve for death row inmate Gary Haugen, just before his scheduled execution, and called for an end to the state's death penalty. Hau....... [more]

Vermont House approves physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill
May 15, 2013
The Vermont House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that would allow a consulting physician to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a terminally ill individual who meets certain criteria. For the first three years after its passage, the legislation will model Oregon's Death with Digni....... [more]

Oregon governor signs tuition bill for undocumented immigrants
April 4, 2013
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed a bill Tuesday allowing undocumented immigrants to attend public universities at the same tuition rate as in-state residents. The law requires that in order to qualify for these lowered rates, students must have attended high school in Oregon for at least three....... [more]

Maryland governor asked legislators to repeal death penalty
February 21, 2013
On February 21, 2007, Governor Martin O'Malley testified before the Maryland General Assembly that the death penalty should be abolished in the state because it is "inherently unjust." His push to repeal the death penalty at this time failed, but in January 2013, O'Malley announced that he would int....... [more]

Luxembourg parliament passed first reading of euthanasia bill
February 20, 2013
On February 20, 2008, the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies narrowly passed the first reading of a bill legalizing euthanasia. The second reading of the bill passed in March 2009, making Luxembourg the fourth nation in Europe to legalize euthanasia after Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Intern....... [more]