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Federal judge orders Tennessee to recognize same-sex marriages pending lawsuit
March 15, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples while they pursue a lawsuit attempting to overturn the state's ban. Article XI Section 18 of Tennessee's constitution, also known as....... [more]

Plumhoff v. Rickard: The "Video Exception" to the Seventh Amendment Jury Trial Right
March 4, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Wimmer, founder of Emergent Legal, discusses Plumhoff v. Rickard and qualified immunity...This term, the US Supreme Court will decide Plumhoff v. Rickard, a qualified immunity case arising out of the police shooting deaths of a man and woman in Memphis, Tennessee....... [more]

Same-sex couples file lawsuit in Tennessee
October 22, 2013
Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging the Tennessee laws that prohibit recognition of their marriages. The federal lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Tennessee's "Anti-Recognition" laws, which prohibit the state from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples lawful....... [more]

Tennessee high court upholds voter ID law
October 18, 2013
The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a movement to overturn the Tennessee Voter Identification Act, ruling that a requirement of government-issued photo ID for voters is constitutional. Chief Justice Gary Wade delivered the majority opinion and Justice William Koch Jr. delive....... [more]

Human Trafficking Timeline
June 30, 2013
6/25/2013: UN rights expert urged Morocco to combat human trafficking 6/20/2013: Supreme Court ruled US cannot withhold HIV/AIDS funding over prostitution stance 6/3/2013: Japan and UN reached agreement to combat drug and human trafficking 1/4/2013: Tennessee judged ruled law concerning human tra....... [more]

ACLU challenged Tennessee voting rights restoration law
February 25, 2013
On February 25, 2008, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee objecting to a Tennessee state law that required convicted felons to pay outstanding financial obligations, including restitution and child support....... [more]

Federal judge finds Tennessee law targeting online sex ads unconstitutional
January 6, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee ruled Friday that a Tennessee law that restricts online sex advertising is unconstitutional. The law came in response to concerns of human trafficking in Tennessee and created criminal penalties for advertising commercial sex act....... [more]

Tennessee appeals court upholds state voter ID law
October 26, 2012
The Tennessee Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to the state's voter identification law Thursday while upholding the validity of Memphis public library cards as acceptable forms of voter ID. The state had argued that the Memphis library is not an entity of the state as defined in the law as an a....... [more]

Tennessee court rejects voter ID challenge
September 27, 2012
A judge for the Davidson County Chancery Court in Tennessee on Wednesday ruled that Tennessee's voter identification law does not violate the state's Constitution. Civil rights attorney George Barrett argued before the court that the requirement that residents show proof of ID is unduly burdensome....... [more]

Tunisia: Springtime for Defamation of Religion
August 13, 2012
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert C. Blitt of the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law argues that legislation recently introduced in Tunisia proposing to criminalize blasphemy underscores a pattern in predominantly Muslim countries that the US and other countries should contest in an effort....... [more]

Tennessee plaintiffs to appeal dismissal of anti-discrimination suit
June 20, 2012
A lawyer for a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) plaintiffs in Tennessee said Wednesday that she will appeal the decision of a Tennessee County judge dismissing a lawsuit challenging a controversial law. The suit challenges Tennessee's Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act (E....... [more]