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
Hope you got the classes and clinics you wanted! In the meantime, several civil rights issues have been hot topics in the news.
Same Sex Marriage and Religious Exemptions – Scotus Blog
Last Monday, the Supreme Court refused to weigh in on the debate on religious exemptions
Civil rights and civil liberties dominated the first week of April:
1. McCutcheon v. FEC
On Wednesday, April 2, the Supreme Court delivered a powerful blow to campaign contribution limits in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Chief Justice John Roberts stated that limits on aggregate contributions “intrude without
Civil rights news rests for no man or woman. Last week, it looked like this:
Shield Law Likely to Pass – New York Times
Senator Charles Schumer said last week that it was “very likely” the Senate would pass a shield law protecting journalists this year. Congress
In light of the Supreme Court hearing oral argument today in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., we are excited to release an early online-only version of RFRA Exemptions from the Contraception Mandate: An Unconstitutional Accommodation of Religion, by Frederick Mark Gedicks and Rebecca G.
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,
Last week, the Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice hosted a panel to discuss the law’s intersection with revenge porn. The paradigm case of revenge porn involves the public online posting of nude or sexually explicit pictures of a person, often with attached identifying information
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
Justice Scalia is (in)famous for his view that when the Court struck down Texas’ criminal sodomy statute in Lawrence v. Texas, it undermined bans on “bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity.” To some, this slippery slope argument is coming
HLS graduate Harvey Silverglate was on campus recently to explain why he's not happy with his alma mater. Apparently Harvard has been killing free speech over the past couple of decades. It's been all downhill since his heroic days defending student protesters in 1967, Silverglate said.