Federal judge finds Kansas Secretary of State in contempt of court

A federal judge on Wednesday found [order, pdf] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach [official website] in contempt of court for violating a preliminary injunction regarding registering voters in his state. Chief Judge Julie A. Robinson of the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] ordered Kobach to allow some potentially ineligible

Blue sky thinking and beyond at Harvard Law hackathons

In the technology world, a hackathon is well known as a get-together of programmers to share ideas and create software. As part of the “HLS in the Community” bicentennial event, HLS brought the hackathon concept to the legal space. Instead of writing code, alumni and other professionals worked together on April 20 to hack out

Ohio Supreme Court upholds state’s death penalty law

The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled [opinion PDF] on Wednesday that the state’s death penalty statute does not violate the Sixth Amendment’s [text] guarantee of “the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury[.]” Maurice Mason, a former death row inmate, unsuccessfully challenged the role given to the judge during the sentencing

Texas appeals court rules revenge porn law violates First Amendment

A Texas appeals court ruled [opinion] Thursday that the Relationship Privacy Act [text], which prescribes criminal and civil penalties for defendants who disseminate pornographic visual material featuring former significant others without consent, is overly broad and it violates First Amendment rights of third party individuals who are not original parties in the romantic relationships. The

Massachusetts high court upholds limits on charter schools

UN and African Union agree on human rights collaboration

The UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the African Union [official websites] agreed on Tuesday to cooperate [communiqué, PDF] on numerous human rights goals in an effort “to explore and develop joint approaches to preventing and addressing human rights abuses and violations.” The AU and OHCHR plan to “actively involve

Federal judge reverses Trump administration decision to end DACA

The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday vacated [ruling, PDF] the Trump administration’s efforts to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) [official materials] program, which protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children from deportation and provides them with renewable work permits. Judge John

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