DOJ asks federal appeals court block Alabama immigration law

By |2011-11-30T18:50:35+00:00November 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] Friday to halt enforcement [motion, PDF] of a controversial Alabama immigration law [HB 56 text] that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The law requires school officials to verify the immigration status of children and parents, authorizes police to detain an individual and ask for papers if the officer has "reasonable suspicion" that the driver is in...

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In win for Blue Cross, 6th Circuit reverses class certification ruling

By |2011-11-30T15:42:30+00:00November 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|

The 6th Circuit has reversed a ruling that certified a class of self-insured union benefit funds in a suit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. At issue was a fee Blue Cross collected from the funds for Michigan to subsidize health insurance cov...

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What Is Invasion of Privacy?

By |2011-11-30T13:12:58+00:00November 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Legally speaking, what is invasion of privacy? And what are your options if your privacy has been invaded? Privacy is a hot topic these days, but how do things play out in the legal arena? Your computer may have been hacked and your personal informatio...

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New Mexico judge blocks immigrant residency verification program

By |2011-11-30T11:16:16+00:00November 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] A New Mexico judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked [opinion, PDF] the "Residency Verification Program" [press release], announced last month by Governor Susana Martinez [official website]. Judge Sarah Singleton stated that "irreparable injury will occur in the form of constitutional deprivations" if the "Residency Verification Program" is not halted. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) [advocacy website] filed the restraining order [text, PDF] and an accompanying writ of mandamus [text, PDF], arguing that the program is unconstitutional...

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JURIST names Matthew Shames as Executive Director

By |2011-11-29T21:47:33+00:00November 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST press release] JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Shames as Executive Director. In this role, Mr. Shames will oversee JURIST's business and development efforts, including outreach and educational initiatives, fundraising, and corporate management. Mr. Shames will also serve as JURIST's in-house general counsel. "Matt brings to JURIST a unique combination of legal, managerial, entrepreneurial and technical experience, as well as longtime familiarity with and dedication to JURIST's public service mission,"...

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Why 'Obamacare' should end

By |2011-11-29T21:43:55+00:00November 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

To prevent unprecedented federal power, the Supreme Court must not let Obama's health care law stand, Stephen B. Presser says.

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I Got 99 Problems But the 4th Amendment Ain't One

By |2011-11-29T20:17:58+00:00November 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

You're driving down the street when you're pulled over by a cop. You didn't do anything wrong, so what could he want? Do you answer his questions and do as he says? You may be surprised, but Jay-Z is the one to ask. He "ain't pass the bar but [he]........

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Horn Honking Restrictions Violate Free Speech, Washington Court Rules

By |2011-11-29T20:15:47+00:00November 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Horn honking is protected speech. At least when it is intended to convey an easily understood message. This very conclusion was at the center of a Washington Supreme Court ruling this week, which dealt with a Snohomish County horn honking law. That law...

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How Did the Jury Find Conrad Murray Guilty?

By |2011-11-29T17:59:56+00:00November 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The Michael Jackson death trial ended when Conrad Murray's verdict was announced this afternoon. Seven men and five women took 6 hours on Friday and three hours Monday to find Conrad Murray ...

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North Carolina House overrides veto on abortion waiting period bill

By |2011-11-29T17:36:05+00:00November 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The North Carolina House of Representatives [official website] voted Tuesday to override a veto by Governor Beverly Perdue [official website] on legislation [HB 854 materials] that would require a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion [JURIST news archive]. With a 72-47 vote [News-Record report], the measure, known as the "Women's Right to Know Act," will now go to the Senate, which on Monday overrode [Charlotte Observer report] three additional Perdue vetoes. The abortion legislation would also require women seeking...

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