Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
This week saw First Amendment challenges, ongoing labor disputes, and a number of state-level bills aimed at curtailing civil rights and civil liberties, but it's not all bad news: various courts of appeal advocated for those who
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.
In 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detained Alejandro Rodriguez, a lawful resident working as a dental assistant. Rodriquez was brought to the U.S. when he was an infant. DHS initiated removal proceedings against Rodriguez after he was convicted for possession of a controlled substance
This week marks one year since Donald Trump won the presidential election. The next day, I wrote a reflection piece for this blog, outlining the fears many of us shared and voicing hope and determination we held onto. Now, a year later, I write about
While most people are familiar with criminal forfeiture––a practice that allows the government to confiscate your property if it proves the property was used in the commission of a crime for which you were indicted––its more formidable and much more often used counterpart, civil asset forfeiture, is
Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted Massachusetts a one-year extension for coming into compliance with the REAL ID Act, a law that requires state-issued identification cards to meet certain standards in order to be recognized by the federal government. But Massachusetts
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