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 judgeRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
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,Read More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
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 andRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
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 CityRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
Today CIR filed a petition for writ ofcertiorari in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of our client Timothy Pope, seeking review of the question of whether flawed judicial consent decrees from the distant past can be used to shield government agencies from liability for having violated constitutional rights.
In 2002,Read More → Posted in Case Updates
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 theRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
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,Read More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
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 toRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
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 homeRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
In Ricci v. DeStefano, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that employers may not jettison the results of an otherwise fair promotion test solely because minority applicants score lower than non-minority applicants. The decision was a victory for New Haven firefighters, who challenged that city’s decision to throw out the results of a civil serviceRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates