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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Supreme Court Denies Friedrichs Petition for Rehearing

June 28, 2016

On June 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition from nine California public school teachers to rehear their First Amendment challenge to mandatory union fees. The plaintiffs petitioned the Court to rehear their case after a 4-4 decision was issued in the wake of Justice Scalia’s death. When the

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Supreme Court Upholds Unconstitutional Racial Preferences

June 24, 2016

In what many Supreme Court experts consider a surprise opinion, the Supreme Court voted to uphold the system of racial preferences used for admission at the University of Texas, Austin. In a confusing holding that significantly departs from his original holding in Fisher I, Justice Kennedy authored an opinion that

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CIR Defends Speech Against Climate Crusade

June 03, 2016

CIR is assisting the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in its fight against the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands and his effort to issue a subpoena on CEI demanding that it produce a decade’s worth of communications, statements, and documents related to CEI’s work on climate change from 1997-2007. After several rounds of

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Why the Supreme Court Needs to Resolve Friedrichs

May 27, 2016

Events in Chicago once again highlight the need for the Supreme Court to resolve the questions at issue in Friedrichs v. CTA. While the Supreme Court considers CIR’s Petition for Rehearing, experience is proving that Friedrichs represents ongoing problems for teachers across the country. These issues refuse to go away

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