Mark Janus files Union Dues Petition at Supreme Court

On June 6th, Mark Janus filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to hear his case, Janus v. AFSCME. Janus’ case seeks to end compulsory union dues.  His case is based on the same free speech argument that the Center for Individual Rights successfully brought to the Supreme Court in Friedrichs v. CTA and is seeking to bring again to the Court in Yohn v CTA. If the Court grants ...

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June 05, 2017 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Stun Gun Case Bolts Forward

Judge Douglas Woodlock of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts recently asked CIR to file a Motion for Summary Judgment in our case against Massachusetts’s stun-gun ban. CIR jumped at the opportunity and filed the Motion and a detailed Memorandum on May 17th, asking the court to declare the ban unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.

Our Memorandum makes it clear that the ban is in blatant violation of the Second Amendment. ...

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May 02, 2017 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Victory! California Attorney General Agrees to Protect Free Speech

The Center for Individual Rights reached a settlement with the Attorney General of California this week that guarantees the Attorney General will not use California Code section 8195 to stifle legitimate First Amendment speech. The state of California previously attempted to use section 8195 to ban artist Timothy Desmond from displaying one of his paintings at the 2015 Big Fresno Fair because it depicted a Civil War battle scene, complete ...

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March 08, 2017 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Victory: Federal Court Declares Guam’s Race Restrictive Plebiscite Unconstitutional

On March 8th, Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood of the District Court of Guam issued a decision in favor of CIR client Arnold Davis. Judge Tydingco-Gatewood’s opinion granted Davis’ Motion for Summary Judgment and held Guam’s race exclusive plebiscite unconstitutional in light of the Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the Constitution. The ruling will prohibit Guam from denying Davis – or anyone – the right to vote because of their race.

Judge ...

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September 13, 2016 by CIR2 in Case Updates

CIR Defends Public Servant Demoted for Political Views

On September 13th, CIR filed suit against the state of New York on behalf of New York civil servant Salvatore Davi. Davi, who worked as an Administrative Law Judge in New York’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, was suspended and demoted from his position because he expressed his political views on his Facebook account. His superiors alleged his expression of political views constituted professional misconduct.

Davi’s political speech is clearly ...

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