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Wisconsin Governor's Race: Referendums Designed to Rebuke Walker to Appear on Election Day Ballots

  (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on August 8, 2014. S ince his election to the Wisconsin governor’s mansion, Scott Walker, together...Show More Summary

Wisconsin Ballot Measures Designed to Rebuke Walker at the Polls

  (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on August 8, 2014. S ince his election to the Wisconsin governor’s mansion, Scott Walker, together...Show More Summary

The Police's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

This piece originally appeared at Slate's Jurisprudence, under the title, " Search Party." It used to be that when police violated a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights through an unconstitutional search, evidence derived from the search...Show More Summary

Let an Innocent Man Spend His Last Days at Home

This piece originally appeared at the Texas Tribune. Max Soffar, an innocent man on death row in Texas, has just a few months to live. He's dying of liver cancer, and his last wish is to hold his wife, Anita, in his arms. His lawyers continue to present evidence of his innocence to the courts. Show More Summary

Ebola: Travel Bans, Quarantines, and Political Courage

The political reaction to Ebola has been a study in contrasts. On the one hand, we see some leaders insecurely trying to prove their “Ebola-fighting bona fides” by racing to go beyond what public health experts recommend. Some are actually fanning the flames of public fear. Show More Summary

North Carolina Doubles Down on Shaming Women Who Seek Abortions

Another day, another attempt by politicians to shame and humiliate a woman seeking an abortion. Yet again, the government intrusion pushes right into the exam room. Today the state of North Carolina is asking an appeals court to reinstate...Show More Summary

Consultation duty gets to the Supreme Court

Moseley R (ota) v. London Borough of Haringey [2014] UK 56  – read judgment Lord Wilson posed the question, answered today by the Supreme Court, with concision. When Parliament requires a local authority to consult interested persons before making a decision which would potentially affect all of its inhabitants, what are the ingredients of the requisite consultation? The […]

Which Southern State Is Feeling the Brunt of Big Money Election Spending?

  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Retired teacher Blaine Heslett and his son Caleb, 15, right, listen as Lee Greenwood delivers his song "God Bless the USA", at a rally for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in Cadiz at the Scott Jolly Farm, Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Show More Summary

The House Could Get Even Nuttier After This Election, But Heat May Be Off Boehner

  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) W ith all the attention focused on the Senate in next Tuesday's elections, it would be easy to forget that there's an election for the House happening as well. The consensus is that Republicans will probably add a few seats to their majority—not a defeat, but not a blow-out victory either. Show More Summary

Removal of subsidy for spare room not unlawful

Cotton and others, (R on the application of) v Minister for Work and Pensions and others, 15 October 2014  [2014] EWHC 3437 (Admin) – read judgment Whether you call it the “spare room subsidy” or the “bedroom tax”, the removal of this type of housing benefit has been nothing short of controversial. There have been several […]

UPS Finally Admits the Obvious – Letting Pregnant Workers Work is Good for Business

We recently reported that the fight to let pregnant workers come to work has finally reached the Supreme Court. On December 3, the court will hear the case of Peggy Young, a United Postal Service (UPS) package driver who was forced off the job while she was pregnant, when she requested a temporary light-duty position. Show More Summary

Why the 2016 Republican Primaries Will Be a Messy Venn Diagram

The 2016 Democratic presidential primaries are promising to be rather boring—although anything can happen, at the moment it looks like Hillary Clinton won't have much competition, and if she does it will come from the less-than-electrifying likes of Martin O'Malley. Show More Summary

Women Creating Possibilities: The First Day

We traveled for two days to get to our destination – the community of Waspam, near Nicaragua’s northern border with Honduras. After two flights and an hours-long, bumpy and dusty ride, we were bone tired when we first stepped out of the car. That tired feeling soon evaporated. It was replaced by the humming energy [...]

It’s been a Big Year for Uganda, For All the Wrong Reasons

By Emily McGranachan, Member of Amnesty International USA’s LGBT Human Rights Coordinating Group While pundits in the U.S. lament the political stalemate on Capitol Hill, legislatures elsewhere have had a banner year. Take Uganda, for example, where no fewer than three … Please continue reading.

Three strikes and out? Major defeats for Government Judicial Review reform plans in the Lords

Last night saw the important Report Stage consideration of Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in the House of Lords. Angela Patrick, Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE provides a summary. Widely – and quickly – reported as a “crushing” or an “emphatic” defeat – in a rare turn – the […]

Eight Police Officers Fired 46 Times at My Mentally Ill Son for Holding a Pen Knife

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Jewel Hall conducted by the ACLU of Michigan about the killing in 2012 of her son Milton by eight police officers. Parts of her interview appear in the video below, which also includes footage of the police killing Milton. Show More Summary

VIDEO: Snowden Pays Tribute to History in "Citizenfour" Introduction

A video introduction by Edward Snowden kicked off a German screening of Citizenfour, which opened the documentary film festival Dok Leipzig on Monday evening. Snowden explained that he was moved to record the statement – his first such...Show More Summary

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Call on Obama to Reckon With Torture

Twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates sent a powerful letter to President Obama today, calling on him to lead the nation by reckoning with the Bush administration's torture program, closing Guantánamo, and adhering fully to the United States' legal obligations under the Geneva Conventions and the U.N. Show More Summary

FTC Needs to Make Sure Companies Aren’t Using Big Data to Discriminate

The ACLU filed comments today with the FTC urging it and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate whether big data is being used in online marketing in ways that are racially discriminatory. If companies are in fact engaging...Show More Summary

Ebola: A Survivor's Mission to Help Others

UNICEF is working with survivors—now immune from Ebola—to protect their communities and care for victims.

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