Court to review Texas racial preference plan

February 21, 2012

The Supreme Court announced today that it granted the petition for certiorari filed by the plantiffs in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case which challenges the use of racial preferences in UT’s undergraduate college.  The case is an opportunity for the Court to revisit its 2003 ruling in CIR’s case, Grutter v. Bollinger

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CIR counters move to dismiss voting rights challenge

February 21, 2012

Together with lead counsel Michael Carvin, CIR today filed a brief challenging a last ditch effort by the Department of Justice to prevent the Court of Appeals from ruling on the merits of CIR’s facial challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  Earlier this month, the

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DOJ moves to dismiss LaRoque v. Holder…again

February 14, 2012

The Department of Justice today filed a motion to dismiss LaRoque v. Holder, CIR’s case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Right Act, on grounds that it is moot.  Today’s motion is not unexpected — it follows the Attorney General’s decision on February 10 to purportedly withdraw his 2009 denial of preclearance

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CIR brief to Supreme Court Targets Health Law

February 13, 2012

Brief filed on behalf of former AG’s, Justice Officials

Washington, DC: Today the Center for Individual Rights filed an amicus brief authored by former Solictor General Theodore Olson challenging the individal mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2012, popularly known as “ObamaCare.”

The brief was filed on behalf of

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CIR files brief in ObamaCare challenge

February 13, 2012

Together with former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, CIR filed an amicus brief in Florida v. HHS, now pending before the Supreme Court.  Today’s brief was filed on behalf of a group of former Attorneys General and officials of the Justice Department, including Attorney General John Ashcroft, Attorney General William P. Barr, Assistant Attorney General Timothy

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DOJ reverses: preclears Kinston nonpartisan voting

February 13, 2012

Late Friday night, the Department of Justice filed with the Court of Appeals a copy of a letter informing Kinston, North Carolina officials that it had reversed its 2009 decision denying preclearance to the nonpartisan voting system passed by voter referendum in 2008.  As noted in the update below, CIR believes

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