Federal court finds HUD officials violated First Amendment

September 28, 2000

Officials held personally liable for investigating critics of housing project

Washington, D.C. – In a landmark case challenging the Clinton Administration’s use of federal discrimination law to suppress unpopular opinions, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled yesterday afternoon that federal HUD officials are personally liable for launching

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Camp to help disadvantaged children sues Boston

September 12, 2000

Washington, D.C. – Boston, MA – Mason Cathedral Church of God in Christ, located in Dorchester, today sued the City of Boston claiming that it had violated the church’s civil rights when it withdrew federally funded counselors from its annual summer camp, the “Keys of Life” program, in 1999.

In a

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CIR sets national precedent in housing discrimination case

September 05, 2000

Washington, DC – CIR won an important victory in its defense of California resident Travis Compton, who had been accused of federal housing discrimination by a low-income housing developer. U.S. Federal District Court Judge Oliver Wanger late last week issued an order granting summary judgment in favor of Mr. Compton

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Maryland found to infringe college’s religious expression

August 08, 2000

Federal court says Columbia Union College must get state aid

Washington, D.C. – In a landmark victory for religious liberty and free speech, a federal judge ruled late yesterday that Maryland “infringed upon Columbia Union College’s free-speech rights” by denying state funds to the Seventh-day Adventist college “solely because of its

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Supreme Court rules Scouts may exclude gay scoutmaster

June 28, 2000

Upholds Scouts’ First Amendment right to control their message

Washington, D.C. – In a landmark victory for First Amendment rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Boy Scouts may prohibit homosexuals from serving as scoutmasters. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale reverses the New

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Supreme Court strikes down Violence Against Women Act

May 19, 2000

Court says Congress exceeded its constitutional authority

Washington, D.C. – A key provision of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was struck down today as unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Center for Individual Rights (CIR), which represents one of the defendants, contended that VAWA’s enactment exceeded Congress’s constitutional

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U. of Oklahoma backs down on harassment proceeding

May 05, 2000

Washington, D.C. – Facing the threat of a lawsuit, the University of Oklahoma agreed today to cancel all disciplinary proceedings against a professor charged with sexual harassment for a letter to the school newspaper. Several students and professors filed harassment charges against Professor David Deming after claiming his open letter

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Professor’s battle against female-only raise goes on

March 30, 2000

Washington, D.C. – As a result of a March 29 decision in Maitland v. University of Minnesota, Ian Maitland’s decade-long challenge to the University’s female-only faculty pay raise will continue. U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank denied the University of Minnesota’s latest motion to dismiss, rejecting all four asserted grounds

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Federal court orders pirate radio station off the air

February 29, 2000

Microbroadcaster’s First Amendment battle moves to U.S. Court of Appeals

Washington, D.C. – Pirate station Grid Radio 96.9 FM in Cleveland is down but hardly out following a federal district court judge’s order that it cease broadcasting. The low-power station, which broadcasts music and public service programming to Cleveland’s gay community,

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Supreme Court limits racial gerrymandering by DOJ

January 24, 2000

Washington, D.C. – In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today sharply limited the ability of the Department of Justice to racially gerrymander local voting districts. In the case of Reno v. Bossier Parish School Board, Justice Scalia declared that the DOJ may no longer use the pre-clearance provision of

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