Challenge to Guam One-Race Plebiscite Moves Forward

August 27, 2014

A three judge panel heard oral argument in Guam resident Dave Davis’s challenge to that island’s race exclusive plebiscite.  Davis had tried to register to vote in the plebiscite to consider Guam’s future relationship with the US, but was denied because he cannot trace his ancestry to a Chamorro, the

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Sixth Circuit grants Amish hair cutters new trial

August 27, 2014

Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Miller v. United States, in which CIR client Kathryn Miller and other Amish appealed their convictions under the federal hate crimes law for forcibly shaving the beards and cutting the hair of other Amish.  The federal hate crimes law criminalizes violent

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CIR Targets Feds’ “Threatening” Speech Law

August 22, 2014

Today CIR filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in the case Elonis v. United States.  CIR notes in its brief that the federal statute under which Elonis was convicted is silent on the question of intent. The brief goes on to point out that courts have been evenly divided

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