JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego says that perhaps the most far-reaching impact of the upcoming November election is who will get to appoint the nation's judges – including its Supreme Court justices – beginning January 2005. George W. Bush, while trying to convince skeptical conservative activists [...]
JURIST Guest Columnist LTC John M. Bickers, a law professor at the US Military Academy at West Point, says that two recent decisions regarding the death penalty show that the Supreme Court seems to accept capital sentencing as a punishment, as long as they can set the boundaries for sentencing. In a pair of cases [...]
JURIST Guest Columnist and constitutional law scholar Thomas E. Baker of Florida International University College of Law says that the US Supreme Court's 2000 ruling in Bush v. Gore is a precedent that could be repeated after the presidential election this fall. Going into the presidential election with an uneasy feeling of deja vu reveals [...]
JURIST Guest Columnist and international law scholar Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that recently-divulged White House and DOJ memos provide evidence of an illegal, unconstitutional and downright inept US plan to violate the Geneva Conventions on the protection of prisoners… If one focuses on the January 25, 2002 Memorandum for [...]
JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says the Bush Administration’s general disregard for international treaties and standards facilitated an atmosphere in which US personnel could flout the Geneva Conventions and abuse Iraqi prisoners… The Bush Administration has consistently signaled for three and a half years that international law does not [...]
JURIST Guest Columnist and international law scholar Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that legal responsibility for the Abu Ghraib prison abuses extends beyond the few soldiers currently subject to investigation and prosecution… There has been a great deal of attention paid in recent days to the investigation and prosecution of [...]
Doe v. Bush, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, US Department of Justice, motion to dismiss a lawsuit against President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld challenging the authority of the Bush and Rumsfeld to wage war against Iraq absent a clear declaration of war by the US Congress, February 20, 2003. [...]
United States v. Sami Amin Al-Arian et al., United States District Court Middle District of Florida, February 20, 2003 . Read the full text of the indictment , via FindLaw. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.
Grutter v. Bollinger, brief defending affirmative action admissions policies for the University of Michigan School of Law, Board of Regents of the University of Michigan, filed February 18, 2003. Read the brief here . Gratz v. Bollinger, brief defending affirmative action admissions at Michigan's undergraduate College for Literature, Science and the Arts, Board of Regents [...]
Doe v. Bush, United States District Court District of Massachusetts, February 13, 2003 . Read the full text of the complaint and the plaintiffs' memorandum in support of a motion for preliminary injunction . Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.