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June 2018
by Jared Staver

JURIST Guest Columnist Jared Staver of Staver Law Group, discusses changes in the admissibility of social media evidence in personal injury cases... In a recent opinion on March 15, 2018, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a statement about the use of social media evidence in court cases. The relevant case, Commonwealth v. Mangel, was a criminal case; however, the implications …

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by Kathryn Tucker

JURIST Guest Columnist Kathryn L. Tucker, Executive Director of End of Life Liberty Project, discusses California's aid-in-dying act... California was the 5th state to explicitly permit mentally competent terminally ill patients to obtain a prescription from their physician for medication the patient may ingest to achieve a peaceful death, a medical practice known as aid in dying. This option appeals …

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March 2018
by John Buckleton

JURIST Guest Columnist John Buckleton of New Zealand's Institute of Environmental Science and Research, discusses the future of DNA software in the courtroom... As anyone who has ever watched CSI can tell you, DNA is well established as the gold standard when it comes to crime solving. Linking the tiniest shreds of DNA evidence together, forensic investigators are able to …

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by Charles Lugosi

JURIST Guest Columnist Dr. Charles Lugosi of Crease Harman, LLP, discusses how Canadian prime ministers' evasive answers during the Question Period expose deeper constitutional issues... All Canadian citizens, regardless of personal political preferences, are the heartbeat of parliamentary democracy. Together we vote to choose the political party that will exercise the powers of the executive branch of the federal government. …

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February 2018
by Steve Koslovsky

JURIST Guest Columnist Steve Koslovsky discusses how more judicial elections harm judicial independence... Remember Rose Bird? Back in 1986, Chief Justice Rose E. Bird, who was the first female Chief on the California Supreme Court, became the first Chief Justice removed from office. In a campaign organized largely by California conservatives and funded by business interests, voters removed her …

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January 2018
by Curt Levey

JURIST Guest Columnist, Curt Levey, of the Committee for Justice, discusses the implications of Kim Dotcom's fight to avoid extradition from New Zealand to the US...Notorious Internet pirate Kim Dotcom suffered another legal setback last month in his fight to avoid extradition from New Zealand to the United States and hang on to his treasure borne of massive copyright infringement …

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by Iryna Chelyshava

JURIST Guest Columnist Iryna Chelyshava of Vlasova Mikhel & Partners, a Belarusian law firm, discusses a recent decree by the Belarusian government drastically expanding the use of cryptocurrency... On December 21, 2017, Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus signed Decree No. 8, "On the Development of the Digital Economy" ("the Decree"), aimed at the development of the …

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December 2017

JURIST Guest Columnists Shaunee Morgan and John Peng of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Azadeh Shahshahani of Project South discuss the need to recognize the growing violations surrounding detained immigrants on Human Rights Day...Institutions and governments across the world will celebrate the 70th Human Rights Day on December 10, commemorating the day in 1948 when the United …

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by Jeff Shafer

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeff Shafer of Alliance Defending Freedom, discusses expression's reliance on context in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop ... Two perpendicular lines: a cross. A church architectural committee asks a sculptor to design one for placement atop the steeple over its new sanctuary. Delighted, he agrees. The KKK admires the craftsmanship provided the church and asks the sculptor for …

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November 2017
by Sean M. Cleary

JURIST Guest Columnist Sean M. Cleary of the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary discusses the difficulty in establishing liability for driverless cars. . . Driverless cars are one of the most controversial topics that never ceases to raise doubts and concerns. While many of us hope that this is the answer to a less stressful and more responsible driving …

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October 2017
by Sedef Asli Topal

JURIST Guest Columnist Sedef Asli Topal of The University of Szeged, Hungary discusses the affairs of the European Union ... The European Union surely cannot be simply identified as an international organization. It holds both particular confederative and federal characteristics within its institutional structure. Generally, it is described as an ‘unprecedented supranational organization’ which is neither a complete federation, nor …

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by Azadeh Shahshahani

JURIST Guest Columnist Azadeh Shahshahani of Project South discusses a case of discrimination in access to public utilities ... It’s hard to believe that in the twenty-first century there are still households that face the risk of going without electricity or running water because of who they are and where they come from. But in Georgia, that’s still the case. …

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August 2017
by Benson Varghese

JURIST Guest Columnist Attorney Benson Varghese of Varghese Summersett, discusses Texas' new cyberbullying law ... Back in the day, a schoolyard bully was a student’s worst nightmare. Now, it’s cyberbullies that teens fear the most. Not only can cyberbullies remain anonymous, but they can strike at all hours of the day and night. With just a few keystrokes, they …

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by Colin Whitlow

JURIST Guest Columnist Colin Whitlow, Head of Content at CrowdJustice, discusses the legal battle between “sanctuary cities” and the federal government and how one directly related issue has received notably less attention: whether sanctuary cities may incur civil liabilities in the event that an undocumented immigrant commits a crime... The legal and political conversation around the treatment of so called …

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by Royal Oakes

JURIST Guest Columnist Royal Oakes discusses the newest chapter in O.J. Simpson's legal drama, and what it portends for the future... In a word association game you might not connect O.J. Simpson with the legendary group The Grateful Dead, but the group's signature lyric, "What A Long Strange Trip It's Been" seems an apt description of the fallen star's life …

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July 2017
by Dhruv Sharma

JURIST Guest Columnist Dhruv Sharma of National Law University, Delhi discusses the tense relationship between India and Pakistan magnified due to recent events ... On May 8 2017, the President of the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”), exercising his powers under Rule of the Court 74(4), forwarded a request to the government of Pakistan to “act in such a way …

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June 2017
by Roy Lee

JURIST Guest Columnist Roy Lee discusses the applications of principles from the Star Wars film series to contemporary issues in international relations... In the ever-popular Star Wars series, the Jedi and the Rebel Alliance are pitted against the Sith and the Galactic Empire, a dictatorship based on "tyranny, xenophobic hatred of non-humans, power projection through brutal and lethal force, and …

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by Eugene Lee

JURIST Guest Columnist Eugene Lee of MBK Sports Management discusses whether NCAA student-athletes should be paid ... With the proliferation of billion-dollar television contracts and customized branding opportunities in the age of social media, college athletes are receiving more media exposure and generating more revenues for their programs than ever before. However, a dichotomy does exist. While these student-athletes generate …

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May 2017
by Jay Austin

JURIST Guest Columnist Jay Austin of the Environmental Law Institute discusses President Trump's recent executive order concerning offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf ... Even before this week's dramatic events, the topic of "presidential power" had already been trending. There's now an entire law school course devoted to the Trump Administration's first 100 days; the Washington Post produced a …

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by James P. Rudolph

JURIST Guest Columnist James P. Rudolph discusses the consequences of waiting for North Korea to use its nuclear weapons ... North Korea's ambition to acquire nuclear weapons is a threat not only to Asia but to the United States as well. Kim Jong-Un, the despotic and unstable leader of North Korea, appears hell-bent on testing, developing and ultimately using nuclear …

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by Royal F. Oakes

JURIST Guest Columnist Royal F. Oakes of discusses the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey and its implications for wider investigations into the Trump administration... The Comey affair is shaping up to be a brass knuckle, brazenly partisan showdown that could turn into a Trump administration Armageddon. The two sides couldn't be more different. The Trump perspective is: you've …

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April 2017
by Jillian Blake

JURIST Guest Columnist Jillian Blake, an attorney at Blake & Wilson Immigration Law, PLLC, discusses the violation of basic judicial and human rights principle regarding to the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office... In late April the Trump Administration announced the creation of VOICE, or the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office, which it claims will assist …

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by Kip Wainscott

Guest Columnist Kip Wainscott, Head of Legal & External Relations at CrowdJustice, discusses the fight against gerrymandering, and the value of digital organizing tools to empower movements and make them more accessible... Across the country, lawyers and voting rights advocates are bringing fresh vigor to the fight against unjust election practices. Just last week, a federal judge in North Carolina …

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by Andreas Kuersten

JURIST Guest Columnist Andreas Kuersten discusses the flawed reasoning of recent legislation that allows Internet Service Providers to sell customers' personal information without their consent ... Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai and Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Maureen Ohlhausen begin their recent op-ed (a bull-headed defense of controversial legislation that, among other things, allows …

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by Bettina Nemeth

JURIST Guest Columnist Bettina Nemeth, a partner in LexMetis, discusses Hungary's approach to the refugee crisis. . . In June of 2015, the Secretary of Interior Dr. Sándor Pintér, filed a legislative bill in the Hungarian Parliament to overhaul the country's asylum proceedings and to restructure the border police force. The Parliament debated the bill and overwhelmingly approved it on …

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