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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AG Holder reconsiders Kinston preclearance

January 30, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit advising that he is going to reconsider his denial of preclearance for the Kinston nonpartisan voting system on the basis of “new” information he recently received about racial voting patterns in Kinston.  The letter suggests

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Michigan Supreme Court restores father’s rights

January 27, 2012

Today the Michigan Supreme Court, in the case In re Mays, agreed with CIR and reversed the termination of a Michigan father’s parental rights.  In the trial court that heard the case initially, the termination of the father’s rights had stemmed from the neglectful conduct of the children’s mother; she had left the children home unattended.  At the

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CIR to appeal voting rights ruling

December 20, 2011

CIR will appeal a ruling today that CIR clients Stephen LaRoque, John Nix, Klay Northrup, Lee Rainor, and Tony Cuomo — individual candidates and referendum sponsors in Kinston, North Carolina — lack standing to challenge the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. According to federal District Judge Bates’s

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Federal Lawsuit Challenges Race-Exclusive Vote in Guam

November 23, 2011

Human Events


by Terry Pell

Together with election law attorney Christian Adams, author of Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery), the Center for Individual Rights today filed suit against the Government of Guam challenging its plan to hold a race-exclusive plebiscite on the question of whether Guam should seek

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