FCC Approves Net Neutrality
The FCC approved net neutrality in a 3-2 vote on Thursday. Under net neutrality, the FCC will treat Internet service provides as public utilities, giving them greater power to regulate. Supporters of net neutrality, such as the ACLU, believe this is a
Protests Continue Following Police Shooting in Washington State
The fatal police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes on February 10 has spurred daily protests in Pasco, Washington. The police claim Zambrano-Montes, a Mexican immigrant, was throwing rocks at the officers, but the situation is still under investigation. Protestors
FBI Director Addresses Race and Policing
In a speech to Georgetown students, director of the FBI, James B. Comey, spoke about how racial perceptions affect policing in neighborhoods where African Americans commit crimes at a higher rate. Mr. Comey said some officers in these areas scrutinize African
On January 15, 2015, the Supreme Court refused to stay the executions of four petitioners on death row in Oklahoma. That night, the state executed one of the four petitioners, Charles Warner, by lethal injection.
On January 23, 2015, the Court agreed to hear the remaining
After an eventful midterm election, there are numerous new developments related to civil rights. Here is a selection of the most significant:
Ferguson Authorities Enact No-Fly Zone to Keep Out Media - New York Times
We begin with a development that occurred before yesterday's election. According to a series
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
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
Snowden was right all along. Or at least that’s what President Obama seemed to suggest on Tuesday during his public endorsement of the Justice Department’s plan to overhaul the National Security Agency’s phone records program. President Obama asked Congress to “quickly” pass legislation to reform
In the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin, Richard Cohen wrote an editorial for the Washington Post arguing that Zimmerman’s profiling of Martin was more-or-less justified. “I don’t like what George Zimmerman did, and I hate that Trayvon Martin is dead,”
In the United States, people are mostly free to buy or rent property in whatever place they choose, subject to their resource constraints. This is because the U.S. is mostly a free country and this is mostly a good thing.
This statement is less true with