As our nation around the world struggle with the threat of terrorist attacks and violence from both foreign and domestic sources, we will be forced to engage with the ever-present tension between security and civil liberties. In a 2001 article in the Atlantic, esteemed jurist
A week ago, a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant, of murder in the death of Kate Steinle, which took place on July 1, 2015. The defense argued that Garcia Zarate happened upon the gun, which accidentally fired while pointed
Courts should take responsibility for a fundamental question: whether current case law addressing the rights of homeless people rests upon fundamentally flawed assumptions.
It has long been observed that police departments can function to reinforce racial and class inequality. Regardless of whether their creators intended that organized police departments have this effect, this has sometimes been the result through selective enforcement of laws and brutal interrogation tactics. Examples
While technology has empowered us to access a wealth of information about the world, it can also empower others to access a wealth of information about ourselves. When we feed personal information to our various electronic devices, can we expect that information to remain private?
On December 4, 2014, two photographers found themselves in the custody of the New York Police Department. Both were arrested while documenting a protest in Times Square over the decision not to indict the police officer responsible for Eric Garner’s death.
Sam, who I met last summer, was a teenager on probation. He sported an electronic monitor strapped around his ankle then, and he likely still does. Sam attended court monthly and during one of those appearances, the judge looked down at Sam, over his reading
On the night of February 3, 2015, Kevin McKnight was driving around in his pickup truck when the police stopped him. Ostensibly, they pulled him over for turning without using his turn signal, but the real reason was more complicated. The officer who pulled McKnight
This piece was co-authored by Gilles Bissonnette, the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, and Michael Haley, currently a 2L at Harvard Law School, during Michael's internship at the ACLU-NH in summer 2017. While at the ACLU of New Hampshire,