Obamacare threatened by CIR precedent

May 11, 2011

CIR filed a brief today in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the State of Florida’s challenge to the constitutionality of the Obamacare legislation.  Judge Roger Vinson of the Northern District of Florida had struck down the legislation as unconstitutional, on the ground that Congress had no authority under the Commerce Clause to

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CIR argues voting rights challenge before the DC Circuit

May 06, 2011

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. 

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Second Circuit victory in employment discrimination case

May 05, 2011

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 point

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Hearing in anti-recording law motion

April 28, 2011

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 former

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James O’Keefe challenges California anti-tape recording law

March 15, 2011

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” conversation

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CIR files motion for expedited appeal

January 06, 2011

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 2012

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CIR to appeal voting rights ruling

December 20, 2010

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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Court sets hearing date, further schedule in Section 5 challenge

November 12, 2010

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 individuals

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Briefing complete in Mueller new trial motion

September 24, 2010

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,

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Family rights case set for battle in Idaho

September 24, 2010

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 the

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