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Legal News
26 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The North Carolina General Assembly [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [HB 589; materials] that will require voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. The legislation was approved by the state house by a vote of 73-41 after the senate approved it by a vote of … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Thursday that Halliburton Energy Services [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence [press release] in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [JURIST news archive] in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton stands accused … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The San Diego County Clerk [official website] filed a petition [text, PDF] with the Supreme Court of California [official website] on Friday seeking to require county clerks to enforce Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban. County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. argues that last month's … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Three same-sex couples on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs argue that Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution [text, PDF], which reads, "Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman," violates their rights to equal protection and due … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A state judge in North Dakota ruled Monday that a 2011 North Dakota law [HB 1297, PDF] that restricts drug-induced abortions is unconstitutional. Judge Wickham Corwin of the Cass County District Court [official website] had announced his intention to strike down the law following a three-day trial in April, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Irish Parliament [official website] voted 127-31 Friday in favor of a bill that would allow a woman to undergo an abortion if her life is at risk. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill [text, PDF] was passed after contentious debate [CNN report], particularly concerning a provision that … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [official website] Congress' authority to require larger employers to provide adequate health insurance for their employees or pay a fine. In a challenge by Liberty University, the Fourth Circuit found that the plaintiffs failed to … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) [advocacy website] on Monday filed an emergency petition [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] challenging the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] telephone record surveillance program. EPIC is arguing [press release, PDF] that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) exceeded … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A French court on Monday acquitted French oil company Total [corporate website], its CEO Christophe de Margerie [WSJ profile] and several other defendants on corruption charges in connection with a scandal involving the UN's Iraq Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news archive]. The oil-for-food program allowed the Iraqi government … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Senegalese police on Sunday detained former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Habre has been under house arrest in Senegal since 2005. Senegal and the African Union (AU) [official website] signed an agreement [JURIST report] in December to set up the Extraordinary African Chambers [statute, in … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The chief judge of the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] on Sunday refused to block a portion of a Kansas abortion law [text, PDF] that requires abortion providers' websites to contain a link to a state information page. The ruling, in a suit [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Anthony Kennedy on Sunday rejected a request by Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] supporters to block the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in California. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) [advocacy website], a Christian legal advocacy group, had filed an emergency petition … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] issued its final orders [order list, PDF] of the term Thursday, granting certiorari in two cases, and sending several controversial cases back to lower courts for reconsideration. In White v. Woodall [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider jury instructions in a … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled in two landmark same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] cases Wednesday. In United States v. Windsor [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the court ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] is unconstitutional. Under DOMA, couples … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Tuesday in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] in favor of a landowner in a property rights case. Carl Koontz, Sr. refused to contribute money to protect the wetlands in order to get a permit … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Tuesday in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that §1912(f) and §1912(d) of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) do not bar the termination of the biological father's parental rights. In this case, a woman put … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Tuesday in Shelby County v. Holder [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) [Cornell LII backgrounder] is unconstitutional, and its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 Monday in United States v. Kebodeaux [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the federal government can compel a convicted sex offender to register with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006 (SORNA) [text; JURIST news archive] even if the offender … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-1 Monday in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that the appeals court did not apply the correct standard in upholding a ruling for the university in an affirmative action challenge. Petitioner Abigail Noel Fisher, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed [order list, PDF] Monday to review the president's recess appointment power [JURIST news archive]. In NLRB v. Noel Canning [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide: (1) whether the president's recess-appointment power may be exercised during a recess that occurs within … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The upper house of Japan's National Diet, the House of Councillors [official website] on Friday gave final approval to legislation aimed at combating bullying [JURIST news archive]. The law defines bullying that causes serious mental or physical harm as "serious." Under the new legislation, schools must report serious cases … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Oregon Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a death row inmate cannot reject a reprieve by the governor. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber [official website] in 2011 issued a temporary reprieve [JURIST report] for death row inmate Gary Haugen, just before his scheduled execution, and called … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 Thursday in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the government cannot withhold funding from HIV/AIDS organizations that do not actively denounce prostitution. Under the US Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-3 Thursday in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant [SCOTSblog backgrounder] that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [text] does not permit courts to invalidate a contractual waiver of class arbitration on the ground that the plaintiff's cost of individually … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Thursday in Descamps v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] to limit the way sentencing courts can use prior convictions to enhance sentencing for federal crimes. The question before the court was whether Matthew Descamps' burglary conviction under California law could … [read more]

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