Civil Rights

Michigan Police Can’t Search Passengers Without Consent

When Are Your Privacy Rights Not Forfeit? We’ve all been riding shotgun with some shady characters behind the wheel. And if that shady character gets pulled over, does that mean police can search you and all your belongings? Not in Michigan any more. Court rules cops can’t search passengers in stops without consent https://t.co/3Y8BsN9M21 — …

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Justices will review challenge to census citizenship question

In March 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the 2020 census would ask whether each person being counted by the census is a U.S. citizen. Ross explained that the Department of Justice’s civil rights division wanted the data to better enforce federal voting rights laws, and he characterized the decision as routine: From …

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Facebook Charged With Housing Discrimination Over Targeted Ads

Facebook on the Skyline Again One of the great features of Facebook, for advertisers, is the ability to target people based on their location and interests. Where Facebook gets into trouble, however, is when it lets certain advertisers restrict access to ads based on gender or race. The social network has already been sued for …

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Good and Bad: Impact of Police Body-Worn Cameras is Limited

Examining the Pros and Cons of Police Bodycams As police use of body-worn cameras increases rapidly, an examination of 70 studies found that while officers and citizens support the devices, they may not have had significant or consistent impact on officer behavior or on citizens’ views of the police. The study from the Center for …

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Sorting out a statute-of-limitations question in False Claims Act case

The Supreme Court engaged in a relatively lively argument today over a thorny issue of statutory interpretation under the False Claims Act: how two separate statute-of-limitations provisions apply to whistleblower, or “qui tam,” actions when the federal government has not intervened in a suit brought by a private party, or relator. https://twitter.com/dcolapinto/status/1108166345970122752 “These types of …

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SCOTUS Round-Up 431

This morning the Supreme Court begins its March sitting with two oral arguments. The first case is Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, an appeal by Republican legislators of a lower-court ruling that requires 11 state legislative districts to be redrawn to correct racial gerrymandering. Amy Howe had this blog’s preview, which was first published …

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Justices add constitutional question to citizenship on the census case

The citizenship question on the census issue just hit center stage On April 23, 2019 the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the challenge to the decision to reinstate a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. The justices had originally granted review to decide whether that decision violated federal laws governing administrative agencies, …

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Minnesota Archdiocese Reaches Historic $210 Million Settlement With Clergy Abuse Victims

OPINION: Disgusting. Richest church on the planet and one of the top three landowners on the planet**, but instead of ponying up some REAL compensation for the horrific damage their pedophile priests have done, they declare bankruptcy and skate out dirt-cheap after yet another group of their perverts destroyed the lives of 450 more innocent …

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$600K awarded in wrongful incarceration case

Texas mom convicted in foster son’s salt-poisoning death to get nearly $600G for wrongful jailing ABC News reported that the Texas comptroller told Hannah Overton on Tuesday that she would receive a check for $573,333.33 for wrongful incarceration. She also is qualified to receive insurance and education benefits, and next year she’ll get an annuity …

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Washington prison guard accused of sexual misconduct with inmate

Washington prison guard accused of sexual misconduct with inmate A Cowlitz County corrections officer was arrested Wednesday for having sexual contact with a female inmate and giving her marijuana, police said. The suspect, 50-year-old Kelly Burgin, is being held in the Clark County Jail and will be … Read more Washington prison guard accused of …

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