Today a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral argument in CIR’s appeal from a lower court’s dismissal of our lawsuit challenging the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5, which requires states to maximize the voting strength of some racial groups but not others.Read More → Posted in Case Updates
CIR’s long-running battle on behalf of New York City school building superintendents discriminated against by an agreement entered into by the City and the federal government reached a milestone today, but by no means its final one. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 139-page ruling that settles one large pointRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
Today a federal judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California heard oral argument on CIR’s motion, on behalf of James O’Keefe, to invalidate California’s law that bans citizens from recording what police officers say to them at traffic stops.
O’Keefe is being sued by Juan Carlos Vera, a formerRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
Representing filmmaker James O’Keefe, CIR today filed a motion in federal court to strike down a California anti-tape recording statute that CIR contends violates the First Amendment. In that statute, California has made it a criminal offense for a person not affiliated with law enforcement to record his own “confidential” conversationRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
Today, CIR filed a motion for expedited review of Judge Bates’ December 20 ruling dismissing CIR’s challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The motion argues that there is an overwhelming public interest in the judicial resolution of the constitutional questions surrounding Section 5 in advance of the 2012Read More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
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’sRead More → Posted in Case Updates
Today U.S District Judge John D. Bates set December 3, 2010, as the date he will hear the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss Laroque v. Holder, CIR’s lawsuit challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The judge wrote that he expects to “resolve the motion promptly thereafter.”
Representing Stephen LaRoque and other individualsRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
Today CIR filed a reply brief in its motion for a new trial In the Mueller family-rights case. One of the grounds for the motion is that the testimony of the only expert witness to give an opinion adverse to the Muellers at trial was scientifically unreliable and should have been excluded.
In June, the jury in Boise,Read More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
Federal District Judge B. Lynn Winmill today set a trial date in CIR’s long-running case on behalf of the Muellers, a family whose five-week old daughter was unlawfully seized by police and state child protection officials in a Boise, Idaho, emergency room.
Corissa Mueller had brought her daughter Taige to theRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
Today U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates stayed LaRoque v. Holder, CIR’s challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Proceedings — including consideration of our motion for summary judgment — are stayed until the court decides the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the case. In that motion, DOJ contends thatRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates