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Supreme Court allows Texas voter ID law for upcoming election
October 18, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Saturday allowed Texas to enforce a strict 2011 voter identification law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. The court provided no reasoning in its order, which will be in effect for November's general elections. Early voting in the state begins this M....... [more]

Federal appeals court reinstates Texas voter ID law
October 15, 2014
A US federal appeals court on Tuesday said that Texas may enforce its voter ID law despite a lower judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of thUS Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily reinstated the law but declined to rule on its merits, stating that the s....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law
October 15, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday placed a hold on a Texas law that would have forced several abortion clinics to close. The bill requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed and requires....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Texas voter ID law
October 13, 2014
US District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Saturday filed a permanent injunction against the enforcement of a Texas voter ID law. The injunction follows a 147-page opinion issued on Thursday in which Ramos found that the voter ID law violates the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the US Constit....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Texas voter ID law
October 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Thursday ruled that a Texas voter ID law violates the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the US Constitution because it is racially discriminatory and places a substantial burden on the right to vote. The law requires voters....... [more]

Texas judge files suit over state's voter ID law
October 6, 2014
A Texas judge has filed a lawsuit in Dallas County in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals challenging the state's voter ID law, claiming that it violates the Texas Constitution. The law, which requires the showing of a photo ID in order to vote in elections, attempts to prevent voter fraud, while....... [more]

Allegations of sexual abuse at Texas immigration detention center
October 4, 2014
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) on Thursday filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement alleging widespread sexual abuse and harassment taking place at the immigration family detention center of Karnes City, T....... [more]

Federal appeals court stays injunction in Texas abortion law case
October 3, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday stayed the enforcement of an injunction of a Texas law that would restrict access to abortion clinics. The bill requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the locatio....... [more]

Of Course It Is a War, and It Is Lawful
September 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the constitutionality and international legality of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria ... President Obama and Secretary Kerry were reluctant to use the word "war" or the phrase "armed conflict" with respect to....... [more]

Federal appeals court throws out $368 million award in Apple patent dispute
September 17, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday overturned an order requiring Apple to pay $368.2 million to VirnetX Holding Corp. in a patent dispute. The case was originally heard in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which found that Apple infringed upon VirnetX....... [more]

An Affirmative Decision for Transgender Marriage in Texas
September 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Francesca Acocella, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses the recent decision by the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas to recognize transgender identity in determining the validity of marriage ...Think about all the times you need to show ID: seeing a....... [more]




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