Victory: Federal Court Declares Guam’s Race Restrictive Plebiscite Unconstitutional

March 08, 2017

On March 8th, Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood of the District Court of Guam issued a decision in favor of CIR client Arnold Davis. Judge Tydingco-Gatewood’s opinion granted Davis’ Motion for Summary Judgment and held Guam’s race exclusive plebiscite unconstitutional in light of the Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the Constitution.

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CIR Files Complaint Against Massachusetts Stun Gun Ban

February 16, 2017

The Center for Individual rights, in cooperation with McCarter & English, has filed a complaint challenging the state of Massachusetts’s ban on stun-guns in the U.S. District Court of the District of Massachusetts. CIR is representing three clients who want the option of non-lethal means of self-defense but are threatened with

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CIR Files Suit to End Compelled Union Dues

February 06, 2017

On February 6, The Center for Individual Rights filed a lawsuit against the state of California and the California Teachers Association on behalf of eight California public school teachers and the Association of American Educators. The teachers are challenging California’s “agency shop” law, which violates the First Amendment by forcing

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Artist Allowed to Compete at Big Fresno Fair

October 05, 2016

In response to CIR’s recently filed suit on behalf of artist Timothy Desmond, the state of California reversed course and agreed to let Desmond display his civil war painting at the 2016 Big Fresno Fair, which opens on October 5th.  State officials previously barred Desmond from displaying his work because

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CIR Defends Public Servant Demoted for Political Views

September 13, 2016

On September 13th, CIR filed suit against the state of New York on behalf of New York civil servant Salvatore Davi. Davi, who worked as an Administrative Law Judge in New York’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, was suspended and demoted from his position because he expressed his political

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CIR Moves for Immediate Relief for Censored California Artist

September 01, 2016

On August 30, CIR filed a Motion to enjoin the state of California from enforcing its ban on the display of the Confederate Flag on state property against artist Timothy Desmond.  If granted, the injunction would allow Desmond to enter his painting, The Attack, in the 2016 Big Fresno Fair.

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Artist Challenges Confederate Flag Ban

August 16, 2016

On August 15th, CIR filed suit on behalf of California artist Timothy Desmond against officials in charge of the Big Fresno Fair. Those officials refused to allow Desmond’s painting, which depicted a Civil War battle scene, to be displayed in the fair’s art show because it included a rendering of the Confederate flag.

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CIR Files Brief for Free Speech in Westchester County Appeal to Second Circuit

July 27, 2016

On July 22nd, the Center for Individual Rights filed an amicus brief before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Westchester County, New York. The County Executive, Robert Astorino, is engaged in an ongoing political dispute with the Obama administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which

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Court Declines to Protect Speech in Westchester County

July 08, 2016

On June 27th, Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that public statements by Robert Astorino, the County Executive of Westchester County, New York, were not protected by the First Amendment.  Astorino’s statements were about what he and others across the

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In Memoriam: Gerald Walpin 1931-2016

June 29, 2016

The Center for Individual Rights is deeply saddened by the tragic death last Friday, June 24, of our longstanding Board member Gerald Walpin.  We extend our condolences to Jerry’s wife, Sheila, his three children, six grandchildren and extended family.

Jerry spent more than forty years at the New York firm of

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