Accused Amish hair cutters say no deal

July 31, 2012

Today Samuel Mullet and other Amish men and women the United States Justice Department accuses of hate crimes rejected a plea offer that included jail sentences many times shorter than the decades-long sentences they could face if found guilty.  The Amish chose instead to go to trial on the government’s charges that they forcibly cut the hair and shaved the beards of

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Ninth Circuit panel hears argument in family rights case

July 24, 2012

Today a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting in Boise, Idaho, heard oral argument in CIR’s appeal of the case Mueller v. Auker.  In that case, a Boise police officer, without consulting a judge or a court, seized custody of the five-week-old daughter of CIR clients Eric and Corissa Mueller because the officer took

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CIR asks Court to review Kinston, NC case

July 20, 2012

Federal voting rights law in question

Washington, DC.— The Center for Individual Rights and lead counsel Michael Carvin of the Jones Day law firm today filed a petition for writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review Nix v. Holder, CIR’s case challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting

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CIR asks Court to review Kinston, NC case

July 20, 2012

Together with lead counsel Michael Carvin, CIR today filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in Nix et al. v. Holder, its case challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The petition argues that the increasingly aggressive use of Section 5 to prevent implementation of

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AG Holder dodges questions in Guam

July 16, 2012

Attorney General Holder arrived on Guam today, but refused to take questions from the press.  In the linked National Review Online article, John Fund speculates that Holder’s elusiveness might be because he doesn’t want to answer awkward questions about CIR’s lawsuit challenging a race-exclusive referendum on that U.S. possession.  Whatever the cause of Holder’s silence, it’s

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