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Legal News
2 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] Regulation II (Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing) [text, PDF] of the Federal Reserve [official website], which held that the maximum interchange fee a bank can receive from a … [read more]


20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

In the wake of 9/11, Bush declared a "War on Terror," sparking US anti-terrorism efforts in the Philippines, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On October 7, 2001, the first military action in the War on Terror was launched against the Taliban … [read more]


20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

DADT was a source of deep controversy in the military and social arenas of American politics from its adoption to its repeal. According to its supporters, DADT, codified at 10 USC § 654, was necessary to protect unit cohesion, military readiness, combat effectiveness and recruiting and retention in the armed … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2013
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality [opinion, PDF] of a Florida city commission's pre-meeting prayers, in turn rejecting an atheist group's argument that such a public forum practice illegally promoted Christianity. Although the group, Atheists of Florida, Inc. (AOF) … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Monday reinstated a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] by a Virginia prison inmate seeking gender reassignment surgery. The court ruled that Ophelia Azriel De'lonta, an inmate suffering from gender identity disorder (GID) [NIH backgrounder], has sufficiently stated a claim … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The chief judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that an inmate serving life without parole must be granted gender reassignment surgery as it is the only possible treatment for her gender identity disorder [NLM backgrounder]. Judge Mark Wolf … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US Court for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a lower court's decision in favor of an Oregon-based Islamic nonprofit corporation challenging the Bush administration's warrantless wiretap program. The US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] held that the federal … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi on Thursday issued a decree appointing a fact-finding committee to investigate the deaths of protesters in last year's demonstrations. The committee is made up of 16 members [AP report] including judges, a state prosecutor, a general, a police commander and six representatives of victims' families. … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, to end the pattern of human rights abuses committed by former president Hosni Mubarak [JURIST news archive] and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [Al Jazeera backgrounder]. AI Secretary General Salil Shetty … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Supreme Court in Azerbaijan on Monday ordered that youth activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev be released nine months early on the condition that he remain in the country. Hajiyev, a conscientious objector (CO), was imprisoned last March after he failed to register for mandatory military service. Advocacy group Freedom Now … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2012
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] on Monday filed charges [complaint, PDF; press release] in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) [corporate website] alleging that the bank was involved in an illegal futures trading … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The New Jersey Senate [official website] on Monday voted 24-16 to approve the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act [text, PDF], a bill which, if enacted, would legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the state. Under the bill, marriage would be defined as the "legally recognized union of two … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Washington Governor Christine Gregoire [official website] signed legislation [HB 6239] Monday legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder], making Washington the eighth jurisdiction in the US to offer marriage to same-sex couples. Washington had previously granted expanded domestic partnership rights [JURIST report] rather than full marriage or civil union rights to … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Washington state House of Representatives [official website] voted 53-43 Wednesday to approve a bill [HB 6239] to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. Washington currently grants expanded domestic partnership rights [JURIST report] rather than full marriage or civil union rights to same-sex couples. The Senate passed the bill [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Washington state Senate [official website] approved Senate Bill 6239 [materials] to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] by a vote of 28–21 late Wednesday evening. Washington currently grants expanded domestic partnership rights [JURIST report] rather than full marriage or civil union rights to same-sex couples. Several amendments affording … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday declined to review [order list, PDF] a case concerning whether a county board of commissioners in North Carolina violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment [text] by opening their public meetings with prayers. In Joyner v. Forsyth County, decided last … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The New Jersey Legislature [official website] passed an amendment to a bill [A567 text, PDF] on Monday that establishes a one-year ban on a natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking [JURIST news archive]. Legislators re-introduced the bill this year after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2011
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) [official website] issued a report on Wednesday strongly criticizing the human rights record of a number of countries including the United States. Twenty pages of the 90-page report focus on the United States [AP report], and list a number of practices and … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Wall Street organizations International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) [official websites] on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging a regulation [complaint, text] implemented by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] that limits speculative trading. The CFTC adopted a Position Limits … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Morris Davis of Howard University School of Law says the recent killing of Anwar al-Awlaqi highlights the fact that the CIA drone program violates the law of war because it is a civilian institution, lacking combatant immunity...I have been critical of President Barack Obama's embrace and expansion … [read more]


Professional Commentary
15 Aug 2011

Ayesha Khan, Legal Director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, argues that the recent Fourth Circuit ruling on the constitutionality of prayers conducted at the opening of a legislative session is consistent with Fourth Circuit and Supreme Court precedent, despite the arguments of a previous JURIST contributor...Recently, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Tuesday ordered [text, PDF] the US government to pay more than $2.5 million in damages and attorney's fees to an Islamic charity for illegally wiretapping its conversations without a warrant. Judge Vaughn Walker … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] granted partial summary judgment [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in favor of an Islamic charity that claimed the federal government illegally wiretapped its conversations without a warrant. In its suit [JURIST report; EFF materials], the Al-Haramain … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday filed [motion, PDF] a request for partial summary judgment [FRCP 56 text] concluding that the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] illegally wiretapped several conversations between the charity and its lawyers. The organization is suing [JURIST report; EFF materials] the … [read more]

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