Today the Supreme Court heard arguments in one of the big cases of the term, Arizona v. United States. Several justices, including Justice Stephen Breyer, expressed serious concerns about the law's impact on civil liberties, as they recognized that it might lead to prolonged detention while an officer investigates a person's immigration status.
In response to those serious civil liberties concerns, Arizona was forced to retreat.
In a blow to civil liberties, the Supreme Court yesterday voted 5-4 to allow police to collect DNA from suspects arrested in serious crime cases. The decision by Justice Anthony Kennedy opens the door for the collection and retentio... Read Post
Conservative Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism about the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 during oral arguments today, signaling that a key provision of the landmark civil rights legislation might be stru... Read Post
Racial disparities in the criminal justice system have an undeniable impact on our political landscape. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals considered the nature of that impact when it recently heard arguments in Farrakhan v. Gregoire,... Read Post