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15 states urge US Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans
April 3, 2015
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virgi....... [more]

Supreme Court orders lower court to reconsider Virginia redistricting plan
March 31, 2015
The US Supreme Court ordered the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to review its decision that state lawmakers gerrymandered African-American voters into one congressional district. In October a three-judge panel of the district court ruled that the Virginia General Assembly mus....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on determining mental incapacity for capital punishment
March 31, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday over how to apply the court's 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, which decided that capital punishment for mentally handicapped individuals was considered cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. In Brumfield v. Cain the court will dec....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds automatic solitary confinement for Virginia death-row inmates
March 11, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Virginia can continue to automatically house death row inmates in solitary confinement. The appeals court decision reversed US District Judge Leonie Brinkema's 2013 ruling that the procedural due process rights of a capital prisone....... [more]

West Virginia legislature overrides governor's veto on abortion bill
March 7, 2015
The West Virginia Legislature on Friday overrode the governor's veto, passing a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said he vetoed the law because of concerns over its constitutionality and would have preferred a later gestational period for banning abortion. The bill exc....... [more]

Virginia governor signs bill permitting medical use of marijuana oil
February 28, 2015
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed a legislative measure aimed at permitting use of medical marijuana oils for individuals suffering from severe forms of epilepsy. The bill permits the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC-A) oils by providing an affirmative d....... [more]

West Virginia lawmakers approve 20-week abortion ban
February 26, 2015
West Virginia's senate on Wednesday approved House Bill 2586, otherwise known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is based on the controversial premise that the unborn can feel pain starting around 20 weeks. The act, whi....... [more]

A Time Out for the Death Penalty
February 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett, of the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses Governor Tom Wolf's death penalty moratorium ...Is declaring a "time out" to the death penalty in Pennsylvania an abuse of the governor's power "ignoring duly enacted law," as prosecutors have claimed....... [more]

Brief History of Same-Sex Marriage in the US
February 7, 2015
The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues currently facing the American legal community. Several major cases shaped the course of the debate over the past 40 years. Loving v. Virginia is a 1967 US Supreme Court case which declared laws prohibiting in....... [more]

West Virginia Legislature Proposes Substantial Changes to Deliberate Intent Statute
February 5, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Edwards, of Bowles Rice, LLP in Charleston, WV, discusses the proposed legislative changes to West Virginia's workers' compensation scheme ... Workers' Compensation programs provide important benefits to both employees and employers. If an employee is injured or ex....... [more]

West Virginia legislature advances bill to make judicial elections nonpartisan
February 5, 2015
The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved legislation to make the state's judicial elections nonpartisan. The bill is sponsored by Republican delegate Kayla Kessinger, and it would apply to magistrates, family courts, circuit courts and the state supreme court. This legislation is....... [more]




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