Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election
On Saturday the Supreme Court issued an order allowing the use of Texas's controversial voter identification law in its upcoming November election. The law requires voters to present certain photo identification before casting their ballots.
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With the summer drawing to a close and classes now well underway at Harvard, it's time to check in on what's new in the world of civil rights and civil liberties.
Death Penalty Sought in Texas No-Knock Raid Shooting
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in a
Good morning all, and to those of you in the Boston area, happy Marathon Monday! Here's the latest in the world of civil rights and civil liberties from the past week.
"House Votes Down Bill to Repeal La. Sodomy Laws"
Despite sodomy laws being ruled unconstitutional over
Recently, an alleged sexual assault victim wrote an op-ed describing her experience. Responses to the piece have startled the University out of its usual calm. President Drew Faust has responded by convening a task force. Two undergrads have been placed on the task force. The
Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp is still open, still functional, and still holding over 100 detainees, many of whom have won their habeas corpus cases, and have been cleared for release by the Obama Administration years ago. After a series of lunch panels held this week
Jonathan Hansen is Senior Lecturer on Social Studies and History at Harvard University. Sabin Willett is a partner at Bingham McCutcheon and has represented numerous Guantanamo detainees. On April 1 the historian and the lawyer shared their thoughts on Guantanamo Bay. CR-CL reports.
1. Sabin Willett:
Welcome back from Break! While we were away from classes, civil rights legal news still plugged on:
Same-Sex Marriage in Michigan - SCOTUSBlog
Last week, Senior Judge Friedman invalidated Michigan’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages and entered a permanent injunction against its enforcement. After a full trial,
Serving a death sentence upon a person with severe intellectual disabilities is a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Several Supreme Court cases from the past few decades have explored the intersection between capital punishment and intellectual disabilities. In Ford v. Wainwright (1986), the Supreme Court
The last week has had several civil rights updates on several different fronts:
"Senate Democrats help block Obama nominee for civil rights post" - Washington Post
The Senate rejected the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Adegbile was the leading
This week, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Fernandez v. California, 12-7822. The fact pattern is simple enough. The police observe a fleeing suspect from a violent robbery enter an apartment and hear screams from inside. They knock on the door, and a person