Occupy Oakland Members Sue City and County Over Detainment

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 7:32 am

Let’s talk about theory. In theory, when an arm of state power – for an example the police – arrests someone a certain set of conditions must be met. This typically involves the person being arrested facing charges for a crime or being cited for a violation. But as many Americans learned for the first [...]

DoJ Continues Closing Cases, Ends One Investigation Into Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

By: Saturday September 1, 2012 9:26 am

They must be clearing out filing cabinets at the Department of Justice. After ending their investigation into the deaths of detainees in CIA custody, they then wrapped up a separate investigation into Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff suspected of various criminal acts. This particular closed investigation looked at retaliation against political foes: “After [...]

Federal Court Blocks Some of Alabama Immigration Law, but “Papers Please” Here to Stay (For Now)

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:35 am

Federal courts have consistently trimmed back attempts by states to write their own immigration laws. The Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law in June, and federal judges have done the same to parts of laws in several Southern states. We saw another example of this yeterday, when the 11th Circuit Court of [...]

Expect Civil Rights Challenges to Arizona “Papers Please” Provision

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 11:26 am

Just because the Supreme Court didn’t strike down the “papers please” provision in Arizona’s SB1070 before implementation doesn’t mean that the provision is in the clear. The Supreme Court gave stringent guidelines for how to proceed in seeking proof of citizenship from arrested suspects, and said they would hold open future challenges to the law. [...]

LGBT Groups Join Civil Rights Coalition Against Stop and Frisk in NYC

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 1:50 pm

This Op-Doc from the New York Times (which they don’t let you embed) pretty powerfully shows the effect of stop-and-frisk policies in New York City on young black men in the inner city, like Tyquan Brehon. Tyquan says he was stopped 60-70 times before his 18th birthday, and he’s not alone. Over 685,000 people were [...]

Clyburn Rejects Obama’s State’s Rights Approach on Marriage Equality

By: Monday May 14, 2012 12:54 pm

A positive side effect of Barack Obama’s shift on marriage equality, aside from revealing Andrew Sullivan’s daddy fixation, is that it has forced a good bit of the Democratic establishment to come off the fence and to support equality themselves. Since the announcement last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer [...]

DoJ Sues Joe Arpaio for Civil Rights Violations

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 10:23 am

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has filed suit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, alleging discriminatory police conduct against Latino citizens. Federal authorities allege that Arpaio and his office have unconstitutionally and unlawfully targeted Latinos during traffic stops and during crime suppression operations. DOJ alleges that MCSO (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office) unlawfully detained Latino [...]

Updates in the Trayvon Martin Case

By: Friday March 30, 2012 12:33 pm

Here are a few updates in the Trayvon Martin case: • You may know by now about the new surveillance video showing George Zimmerman, the assailant, after the incident. Contrary to the reports of his lawyer and his close friend, Zimmerman shows no sign of a struggle, no blood, no bruises. There is a scar [...]

DoJ, FBI Announce Probe in Trayvon Martin Case

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 6:00 am

The Justice Department and the FBI, responding to a growing display of outrage, will open an investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year-old African-American killed in a gated community in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch captain. The story of Martin’s death slowly but persistently reached the public consciousness in the three [...]

Chris Weitz-Directed Shorts Detail Alabama Immigration Law

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 10:21 am

Oscar-nominated writer-director Chris Weitz is known for making popular fare like American Pie, About a Boy and Twilight: New Moon. But last year he made the independent feature A Better Life, which chronicles an undocumented gardener in East LA, as he tries to create better opportunities and a better life for his son. Star Demián [...]

DoJ Settles – Again – With Countrywide on Fair Lending Claim

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 12:57 pm

The Department of Justice has announced a $335 million settlement with Countrywide, the former subprime mortgage giant now subsumed into Bank of America, on claims of housing discrimination. The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the largest residential fair-lending settlement in history, saying that Bank of America had agreed to pay $335 million to settle allegations [...]

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