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35 min ago | Common Dreams

Clemency Project 2014 Praises Justice Department for Breathing New Life Into Clemency Process

April 23 - Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today a new set of criteria the Justice Department and White House will use when considering clemency petitions from federal prisoners.


Related Topix: Prison, Activism, Criminal Defense Law, Law, US News, Liberal Political News

4 hrs ago | Russia Taday

Death of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: Association between race,...

The recent death, at 76, of former US middleweight boxing contender, Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, reminded the world of the courageous and tenacious struggle this black man waged to overturn his wrongful conviction and imprisonment for murder in 1966.


Related Topix: Prison, Sport Movies, Drama Movies, Biography Movies, Action Movies, The Hurricane, Center for Constitutional Rights, Charitable Organizations, Opinion

9 hrs ago |

The war on liberty

Good morning. Thank you for allowing me to be here. To start, two quotes purposefully juxtaposed.


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13 hrs ago | Fox News

'CRUEL' LAWS? Cities under fire for rules against feeding homeless

April 18, 2014: A man receives a meal at an event to help the homeless and near-homeless of Skid Row.


Related Topix: Birmingham, AL

Tue Apr 22, 2014

WRDW-TV Augusta

Some deem election change as voter discrimination

Now, they want the federal government to step in. The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of State Representative Gloria Frazier and Earnest Smith along with a handful of others who want the federal government to decide on election dates in Augusta Richmond County.


Liberal Reporter Barton Gellman Ready to Accept Award at ACLU Fundraiser...Until a Blogger Called

"Washington Gadfly" blogger Evan Gahr caught Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman in an ethical dance over accepting a "civil liberties" award from the ACLU at their "Bill of Rights Award Dinner."


Related Topix: Washington Post, Publishing, Journalism, The Washington Post Company

Marco Eagle

Guest Commentary: Let's Not Miss This Opportunity for Bipartisan Reform

Time and time again you hear it reported that "we live in the most politically and ideologically polarized period in American history, perhaps since the Civil War."


Related Topix: Florida, Florida Government, Death Penalty, US Supreme Court, US News

Indiana Law Blog

Ind. Decisions - The status of the five Indiana same-sex marriage cases

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, here is a longer version of Charles Wilson's story for the AP .


Related Topix: Indiana, Gay/Lesbian


Book News: Ex-Supreme Court Justice Wants 6 Changes To Constitution

Former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, pictured in 2013, has a laundry list of legal changes he'd like to see and thinks "ultimately each will be adopted."


Related Topix: US News, Death Penalty, Guns

Phoenix New Times

SB 1070 Harboring Provision Won't Be Restored by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Arizona's appeal of a lower court's decision that blocked a provision of Senate Bill 1070.


Related Topix: US Supreme Court, US News, Arizona

Daily Kos

Trial May Not Be Needed in Pa Me Case. Aclu Files Motion for Summary Judgment

The judge in the marriage equality lawsuit out of Pennsylvania had scheduled a trial on June 5, 2014.


Related Topix: Pennsylvania, Gay/Lesbian, US Governors, Tom Corbett, US News, Liberal Political News

Mon Apr 21, 2014

Lowell Sun

City officials: We'll suspend panhandle ordinance if judge waits for abortion-buffer-zone ruling

Lowell officials have told U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock they will voluntarily suspend enforcement of the city's panhandling ordinance if Woodlock agrees to postpone a decision on an injunction against the city and wait for the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on abortion-clinic buffer zones.


Related Topix: Abortion, US News, US Supreme Court

ACLU Takes Action to Expedite PA Marriage Equality Ruling

Why Marriage Matters PA reports that the ACLU of Pennsylvania has just filed a motion for summary judgement in major PA marriage equality case Whitewood v.


The Island Packet

Court won't hear Fla. employee drug testing rule

The ruling lets stand an appeals court decision that Scott's order was too broad.


Related Topix: Drug Testing, Florida, Florida Government, Rick Scott, US Governors, US News, US Supreme Court, Charlie Crist

Common Dreams

Appeals Court Orders Release of 'Targeted Killing' Memo

A federal appeals court on Monday morning is demanding that the Obama administration disclose their legal justification for the targeted drone killing program.


Related Topix: Publishing, Media, New Times, Prison, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, US News, Liberal Political News

Common Dreams

ACLU: Appeals Court Orders Release of Targeted Killing Memo

April 21 - For the first time, a federal appeals court has ordered the government to release a crucial legal memo relating to U.S. targeted killing operations, reversing a lower court decision that upheld the government's secrecy claims despite characterizing them as the stuff of "Alice in Wonderland."


Related Topix: Prison, Activism, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, US News


Timetable accelerated in Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban case

Lawyers challenging Pennsylvania's ban on marriage for same-sex couples filed a motion today asking a federal judge to decide the case on the briefs alone rather than waiting for a previously scheduled June trial.


Related Topix: Pennsylvania, Activism, University of Pennsylvania, Palm, PA, Gay/Lesbian

American Thinker

Affirmative Action and Process Doctrine

Conservatives may be disappointed with the upcoming decision in Schuette v. Coalition , .


Sun Apr 20, 2014

Daily Kos

15yo CT Trans girl jailed without being charged with a crime speaks out

CT Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz feels victimized by the response she's received after sending a 15-year-old trans girl to serve 18 months in solitary in a women's prison.


Related Topix: Prison, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Who defends boy After school officials tried to take Bible and banned reading it

You would never guess in probably a thousand years which organization has decided to defend a child when school officials allegedly tried to take his bible in an after school program, according to the Blaze.


Related Topix: Activism, Cannon County, TN