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Federal appeals court denies rehearing in landmark affirmative action case
November 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday denied Abigail Fisher's petition for a rehearing en banc in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The judges for the Fifth Circuit voted 10-5 to deny the petition. The case is on remand from a June 2013 decisi....... [more]

Election Day 2014
November 4, 2014
JURIST host Genevieve Redd bids you all a fair Election Day with a review of riveting developments on the Voter Photo ID laws in Texas as presented in State Constitutional First Principles in Challenging the Texas Voter ID Law, the challenges to them, and how voters are left in a hanging chad of leg....... [more]

State Constitutional First Principles in Challenging the Texas Voter Photo Identification Law
October 29, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes, of the South Texas College of Law, analyzes valid and invalid grounds for challenging the Texas voter photo identification law under the Texas ConstitutionThe Texas voter photo identification law, which requires qualified, registered voters to presen....... [more]

Fall Update: LGBT Marriage in Texas
October 28, 2014
JURIST host Genevieve Redd reviews turbulent marriage laws in Texas- gay marriage, transgender marriage- you name it, it is coming up on the docket. Texas is becoming a surprising hot bed of marriage legal debates....... [more]

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]




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