Civil rights violations

July 16, 2018 - 3:22 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Judges in Massachusetts can order people with addiction to remain drug free as a condition of probation and jail defendants for failing to do so, the state's highest court ruled Monday in a case that garnered national attention amid the deadly opioid epidemic. The Supreme Judicial...
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July 06, 2018 - 5:52 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Friday decided against immediately releasing an investigative grand jury's report into allegations of decades of child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, instead saying it would hear arguments from priests and others that making it...
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July 02, 2018 - 11:57 am
BOSTON (AP) — A Brazilian woman seeking asylum is suing for the immediate release of her 9-year-old son, saying the two were forcibly separated crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and two other groups said Monday they've filed a federal...
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This image provided by the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center shows part of the interior of the building in Staunton, Va. Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at the juvenile detention center say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. The abuse claims are detailed in federal court filings that include a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens jailed there for months or years. (Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center via AP)
June 22, 2018 - 5:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for immigrant children who say they were cuffed and beaten by staff inside a Virginia detention facility said Friday they plan to press forward with a federal civil-rights lawsuit, even though two of the teens involved in the case are no longer in the United States...
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Antonio Gutierrez speaks during a protest announcing a federal class-action lawsuit filed against the city by several community groups, alleging that officers, given "unlimited" discretion to add individuals to the department's massive gang database, often falsely label people as gang members "based solely on their race and neighborhood," Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at City Hall in Chicago. Four men who say they have been inaccurately labeled gang members by Chicago police were joined by members of various community groups at the protest. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)
June 19, 2018 - 6:18 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang. Many people were erroneously listed in the database simply...
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June 19, 2018 - 1:39 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed against Milwaukee and the city's police department by NBA player Sterling Brown alleging excessive force (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is accusing Milwaukee police officers of discriminating against him because he...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2015 file photo, Jared Taylor speaks during the International Russian Conservative Forum in St.Petersburg, Russia. A California judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit that accuses Twitter of violating the free speech rights of a leading white nationalist figure by banning his social media account. California Superior Court Judge Harold Khan ruled in Taylor's favor during a hearing Thursday, June 14, 2018 on Twitter's request to dismiss the suit, court records show. Taylor claims Twitter permanently suspended accounts belonging to him and hundreds of other far-right users in December based solely on their political views and affiliations. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
June 15, 2018 - 2:13 pm
A California judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit that accuses Twitter of violating the free speech rights of a leading white nationalist figure by banning his social media account. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn ruled in Jared Taylor's favor during a hearing Thursday on Twitter...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018, photo, Andy Cilek poses with a Tea Party shirt at his home in Eden Prairie, Minn. Cilek was one of two voters who defied elections officials after he was asked to cover up a tea-party shirt and button. The Supreme Court has struck down a Minnesota law that restricted what voters can wear to polls. The justices ruled June 14, that the law violates the First Amendment. Still, the justices’ 7-2 ruling suggested that some restrictions on what people can wear to vote are permissible. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
June 14, 2018 - 5:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down Minnesota's broad restrictions on voters wearing "political" hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls, but said states can place limits on such apparel. Minnesota contended the restrictions were reasonable, kept order at polling places and...
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June 07, 2018 - 7:31 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa cannot deny two transgender women Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery, a state court judge ruled Thursday, declaring a policy denying their care violates the Iowa Constitution and its civil rights law. Carol Ann Beal of northwest Iowa and EerieAnna Good of...
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June 07, 2018 - 12:57 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge allowed a lawsuit challenging U.S. immigration authorities for separating parents from their children to go forward on Wednesday but said he would decide later whether or not to order a nationwide halt. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said the lawsuit involving a 7-year-old...
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