Third Circuit rejects Second Amendment rights for felons

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that barring convicted felons from possessing firearms does not infringe upon their constitutional rights. Attorneys for James Barton, previously convicted on drug and weapons charges, argued that his 2007 arrest on two counts... [full story]

Utah legislature approves new version of Arizona-style immigration bill

[JURIST] The Utah House and Senate [official websites] on Friday approved a new Arizona-style immigration law. The Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act [HB 497 text, PDF] replaces the older version [HB 70 text, PDF] of the law that had lost favor with state Senate members in the last few weeks..... [more]
Washington approves bill recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages
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House Speaker Boehner launches DOMA defense group
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New indictment filed against accused Arizona shooter
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France burqa ban to take effect April 11
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Canada court sentences 'Toronto 18' member to life without parole
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South Dakota legislature passes bill requiring 72-hour waiting period for abortions
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Unifying International Civil Procedure and Private International Law in the European UnionFOREIGN
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University of Augsburg

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Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute
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The Middle East protest movements: each with a story, all with uncertainty3/03
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer [Vice President of Research, Foundation for Defense of Democracies]: "Across the Middle East, protest movements are taking hold. While each draws inspiration from the examples of Egypt and Tunisia, each country has a story of its own. In Iran, for example, the world may be witnessing a repeat of the demonstrations that rocked the Islamic Republic in the aftermath of the rigged elections of June 12, 2009. The prospect of another four years under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad drew hundreds of thousands of angry Iranians to protest in the streets. To the chagrin of the protestors -- and democracy advocates worldwide -- President Obama did little to support ...." [more]
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URUGUAY: Failure of the Uruguayan Reparations Law to Provide Victims with Redress2/22
One of the legal consequences of failing to protect victims of human rights abuses is the state's obligation to provide full reparations for the wrongful act committed (Draft Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts, Articles 28 and 31). The responsible state has no justifications for failing to do so (Draft Articles, Article 32). Although most serious violations, by their nature, are irreparable, reparation is an act by which the truth is acknowledged along with victims and their dignity. As a rule, the right to reparations must reflect the gravity of the violation; it must be "proportional to the gravity of the violations and the harm suffered" (UN ...." [more]
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Non-compete Clauses Unenforceable in India4/02
JURIST Guest Columnists Valerie Demont and Janaki Rege Catanzarite of Pepper Hamilton LLP discuss the futility of non-compete clauses in India, contending that Indian courts remain sensitive to the possibility that employers may try to use restrictive covenants as a back-door means of restraining employees from exercising their trade and will place an extremely high burden of proof on employers ...." [more]
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The Lisbon Treaty1/25
JURIST Guest Analyst Andreas R. Ziegler is the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law and Criminal Sciences and a Professor of Law at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He was a Visiting Professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2009. His papers are available on SSRN. On 1 December 2009, the Lisbon Treaty ...." [more]
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Supreme Court limited judges' sentencing discretion

On March 7, 2005, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in Shepard v. United States that judges passing sentence are confined to information in the charging document, the terms of plea agreements, and the admissions made by the defendant to the trial judge in reaching a sentencing determination. The court ruled that judges cannot review other sources of information, such as police reports, in assessing sentences. Learn more about sentencing guidelines from the JURIST news archive, and hear oral argument in the case from the Oyez Project....." [more]
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