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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]

Federal appeals court denies challenge to expired lethal injection drug in Texas
September 10, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday denied a Texas death row inmate's challenge to the drugs that would be used in his lethal injection. Convicted killer Willie Trottie alleged in his appeal that the drugs to be used in his execution might be expired, which could result in tortu....... [more]

The Immigration Court is a Legal Paradox
September 5, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Geoffrey Hoffman, of the University of Houston Law Center, discusses the problems that the immigration court creates for unaccompanied alien children...The law is no stranger to paradoxes, contradictions and strange coincidences. Immigration courts however present a special ca....... [more]

Texas AG files motion to delay enforcement of struck down abortion restrictions
September 1, 2014
On Sunday Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to delay the enforcement of a recent district court ruling that struck down state law that imposed new regulations on abortion clinics. The motion was filed just hours before the new law was....... [more]

Federal court strikes Texas anti-abortion provision
August 30, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Friday struck down a provision of a sweeping state anti-abortion law that Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law in 2013. The provision, requiring Texas abortion clinics to meet hospital-level, ambulatory surgical center stand....... [more]

Texas judge rules education budget cuts unconstitutional
August 29, 2014
A judge for a Travis County Civil Court in Texas ruled Thursday that the Texas Legislature failed to meet its constitutional duty to provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated, and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education....... [more]

Texas governor pleads not guilty to abuse of power charges
August 21, 2014
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to two felony charges for abuse of power. The jury charged Perry with abusing his power to intimidate former District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to step down from her position in response to her pleading guilty to a drinking and driving char....... [more]

Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power
August 17, 2014
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on two felony charges for abuse of power. The jury charged Perry with abusing his power to intimidate former District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to step down from her position. Lehmberg, a known Democrat, recently pleade....... [more]

Texas oil drilling company files response to DEP lawsuit
August 7, 2014
Texas oil drilling company Dan A. Hughes Co. submitted legal responses Wednesday in response to a lawsuit, revoking their drilling permits in Collier County, commenced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The drilling company filed two motions in the Collier County Circuit C....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds university's consideration of race in admissions
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas at Austin (UT) may continue considering race as part of its admission criteria. The US Supreme Court had remanded the case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, to the appeals court last year after finding....... [more]

Federal appeals court allows Confederate flag license plates
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday reversed a lower court ruling prohibiting the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing specialty license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag. The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), an organization dedicat....... [more]




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