CIR argues for three-judge court in LaRoque v. Holder

April 29, 2010

Lead counsel Michael Carvin today filed a reply to the Department of Justice’s objection to a three-judge court being appointed to hear CIR’s challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, LaRoque v. Holder. Today’s filing challenges DOJ’s assertion that the District Court is precluded from appointing a

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Related Section 5 challenge filed by Shelby County, AL

April 27, 2010

Shelby County, Alabama, today filed a challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and asked that it be deemed a “related case” to LaRoque v. Holder, CIR’s constitutional challenge filed on April 7. If deemed a “related case,” Shelby County v. Holder will be assigned to the same judge

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CIR files challenge to federal voting rights law

April 07, 2010

CIR filed suit today against Attorney General Eric Holder and in so doing challenged the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The suit grows out of a refusal last year by the Department of Justice to “preclear” the implementation of a non-partisan voting system approved by voters in Kinston,

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Case dismissed

April 06, 2010

Today a federal judge, pursuant to a stipulation by the parties, ordered the claims in Project Vote’s suit against CIR client Anita MonCrief dismissed in their entirety. The dismissal is “with prejudice,” meaning Project Vote may not revive the action.

MonCrief, a former employee of Project Vote, had become a vocal critic of it and

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Oral argument set in NYC building superintendents’ case

December 23, 2009

After an unusually long delay in setting a date for oral argument in CIR’s long-running school building superintendents’ case, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has finally set one: February 1, 2010. In this case CIR is challenging an instance of intergovernmental collaboration — a joint project of the federal government and the New York City

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School custodians case poised for oral argument

December 07, 2009

On August 3, 2009, CIR filed the final set of briefs in its mammoth case on behalf of New York City school custodian (school building superintendent) John Brennan. The next step is oral argument before a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case began some years ago, when the

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ACORN whistleblower case moves to discovery

December 01, 2009

CIR’s case on behalf of ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief moved forward with a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Roberts to grant MonCrief’s motion to dismiss the trademark claims against her on grounds related to the First Amendment. It was not a violation of trademark law, the judge ruled,

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Appellate argument in Michigan Civil Rights Initiative case

November 17, 2009

A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit today heard oral argument in BAMN v. Granholm, the case that threatens the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.

Thanks to CIR, that initiative of Ward Connerly and Jennifer Gratz to ban race preferences by the government of Michigan got on the ballot in 2006, and thanks to

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Trial set in California officials intimidation case

August 18, 2009

Today federal Judge Stephen G. Larson set a trial date of March 16, 2010, in CIR’s case on behalf of California grandmother Julie Waltz, whom state housing officials made the subject of an investigation solely because she expressed her objections to the placement in her neighborhood of a group home

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Peekabo the Unassailable?

July 31, 2009

Today CIR filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit organized by former CIR board member Mike Carvin against the federal Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).  The suit seeks the dissolution of this powerful agency on basic constitutional grounds, including the separation of powers.

The PCAOB (nicknamed “Peekaboo”) is all the rage

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