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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CIR brings Alabama state corrections officer’s case before the Supreme Court

December 10, 2009

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,

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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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CIR in the news on Supreme Court firefighters decision

June 30, 2009

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 service

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CIR files Supreme Court brief in New Haven firefighters case

February 26, 2009

CIR filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court in a case brought by New Haven firefighters challenging a decision by city officials to jettison a hiring test due to political pressure from individuals and organizations advocating greater hiring of minority firefighters. CIR previously filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court and the Second

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