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
Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy, sued his school district for the right to use his school’s men’s restroom. Last October, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Grimm that right, and the school board appealed. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a one-sentence ruling vacating
Fidel Castro Passes Away
Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba for half a century, passed away last Friday at the age of 90.
After toppling the authoritarian government of President Fulgencio Batista in 1959, Castro turned his Revolution into a one-party Communist government that continues to govern Cuba
Last Friday, waiting in a Boston T station with two (white) friends, a middle-aged white woman walked past and told us, “Sit together; don’t trust black people.” Earlier last week, a friend of mine was verbally assaulted because of her race and her gender, explicitly
WBUR News quotes an opinion from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court:
"We do not eliminate flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion analysis whenever a black male is the subject of an investigatory stop. However, in such circumstances, flight is not necessarily probative of a
Genetic testing is a medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes and genes to determine whether a person has, or might develop, a genetic condition. Genetic testing is becoming cheaper and easier to do each year. With $199 dollars and some saliva, companies like 23andMe
Could a co-op require homeowners to consist primarily “of German extraction?”
While this question may sound like a case straight out of the Civil Rights era, a homeowner in Yaphank, New York filed a lawsuit last week challenging a co-op bylaw that contained such a provision.
At the height of the Great Society in 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), a piece of legislation aimed at ending housing discrimination. For the past thirty-seven years, every federal appellate court has interpreted discrimination under the FHA as providing both for claims
F.B.I. Begins Civil Rights Investigation into Police Beating of Suspect in California
On Friday, ten San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were placed on paid leave after a news camera taped them attacking a fleeing suspect. The suspect, Francis Pusok, attempted to flee pursuing authorities on horseback
There is nothing new about statewide Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (“RFRA”). After the Supreme Court held that the federal RFRA did not apply to the states, about two dozen states in the South and Midwest passed statewide versions of the federal law preventing any religiously