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Sunday, September 25, 2016

JURIST Daily Digest - 25 September 2016

JURIST Daily Digest

 In the 25 September 2016 edition:

Today's Legal News
Latest Legal Commentary:
Today's Legal News

Federal appeals court strikes down Ohio purging of inactive voters from rolls
By Ram Eachambadi on Sep 24, 2016 03:58 pm
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] a procedure implemented by the Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted [official website] that effectively eliminated inactive voters from registration rolls if they failed to respond to letters requesting confirmation of their status and addresses. The suit was filed by the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, and Larry Harmon, who sought to enjoin the Secretary from removing...   +read more

Missouri Supreme Court announces new mandatory standards for municipal courts
By Ram Eachambadi on Sep 24, 2016 02:34 pm
Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge [official profile] of the Missouri Supreme Court announced [text] at the joint annual meeting of the Missouri Bar and the Judicial Conference in Lake Ozark on Thursday new mandatory standards of practice and procedure for municipal courts within the state. The new mandatory standards are being imposed as a response to the many accusations levied against the municipal courts. The Chief Justice made specific references in this regard to media headlines concerning violations of civil rights...   +read more

Gabon court confirms incumbent as president
By Steven Wildberger on Sep 24, 2016 11:57 am
[JURIST] Gabon's Constitutional Court on Saturday upheld incumbent president Ali Bongo Ondimba's victory over challenger Jean Ping [official websites, in French], despite calls for a recount based on alleged vote rigging. Ping's allegations focused on the Haut-Ogooue province, where Bongo received 95 percent of votes on a 99 percent turnout. The court did not overturn the vote or demand a recount, and instead it increased the percentage of votes in Bongo's favor, from 49.8 to 50.6 percent. On Ping's warning...   +read more

Obama vetoes 9/11 bill allowing suit against Saudi Arabia
By Steven Wildberger on Sep 24, 2016 11:31 am
[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday vetoed [press release] a bill that would have allowed 9/11 victims and their families to sue Saudi Arabia, citing concerns that it would open US diplomats and servicemen to suit abroad. Congress overwhelmingly approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) [text] earlier this year, with support from both parties for the bill that would allow federal suits against foreign nations determined to have had a hand in terror acts....   +read more

Latest Legal Commentary

Cicero, International Law, and the Oil in Iraq
By Laurie R. Blank on Sep 23, 2016 02:06 am
JURIST 2016 Law of Armed Conflict Contributing Editor Laurie R. Blank of the Emory University School of Law discusses recent political comments concerning application of law during times of war... +read more

Proposition 62 Appeals to the Better Angels of Our Nature
By Stephen Cooper on Sep 20, 2016 02:18 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Cooper discusses Proposition 62... +read more

Brazil’s President Impeached: Could It Happen Here?
By Joseph Marren on Sep 05, 2016 09:05 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph H. Marren discusses the impeachment of Brazil's President... +read more

Land as the Center of Social and Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia
By Henok G. Gabisa on Aug 30, 2016 01:49 am
JURIST Guest Columnist Henok G. Gabisa of the Bekele Gerba et al International Legal Defense Project discusses the motivation behind Olympic marathoner Feyisa Lilesa's arm-crossed protest at the finish line at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil... +read more

Protecting Abortion Rights after Whole Woman’s Health
By Maya Manian on Aug 19, 2016 09:50 am
JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Manian of the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses the history of abortion laws, and how Whole Woman's Health has impacted women's constitutional right to access abortion care... +read more

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