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Tag: Law

Arresting Our Way to ‘Justice’

We live in a country where the solution to just about any social problem is to create a law that deals with it—and then punish those who break that law.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE


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10,000 Workers Accuse Chipotle of Wage Theft

Current and former employees of the fast-food chain have joined a class-action lawsuit claiming they had to work extra hours without pay.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE

To Make a Point, Missouri’s Lead Public Defender Assigns a Case to Gov. Jay Nixon

Michael Barrett’s action is a response to funding cuts to his office approved by the governor (pictured here). Nixon says the move is illegal.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE

Michael Ratner’s Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

The human rights lawyer “knew that when you sue the powerful, you will often lose,” The Nation wrote. “But he also understood that such suits could prompt political action, and that … was often more important in achieving justice than the litigation itself.”

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE

Michael Ratner, Pioneering Civil Rights and Constitutional Lawyer, Dies at 72

Ratner, who led the charge against excesses in the war on terror, died of complications of cancer Wednesday.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE

To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE

State Book of Tennessee

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 ENLARGE

New French Law Targets ‘Johns,’ Not Prostitutes—Buying Sex Is Now Illegal

“You don’t hire a woman like you hire a car. Our society should no longer tolerate it,” explained the head of the Socialist group in the French Parliament.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 READ MORE

Nothing Less Than the Fate of the Planet May Hinge on the Next Supreme Court Justice

Given the high environmental stakes, it’s not surprising that green groups are applying heavy scrutiny to potential replacements for Antonin Scalia, who unexpectedly died last week.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE

The [Redacted] Truth About the CIA

America’s most notorious spy agency even deceives its own employees.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE

Nearly 400 Anti-Abortion Bills Were Introduced in the U.S. in 2015

A new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights also reveals that 47 bills aimed at shutting down abortion clinics or making it extremely difficult for women to obtain abortion services were passed in 2015.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE

Now This Is Really Criminal

Congress has created an average of 50 new crimes per year for the past decade.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Represents a Cautionary Tale About a Media System Dominated by Market Values

Unless corporate libertarianism is dismantled, it will be difficult to achieve an effective “media democracy” that protects the collective rights of the public-interest media, audiences and communities over the individual rights of corporations.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE

Spain Issues Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Senior Israeli Officials

The case was brought against the men following a 2010 attack by Israeli security forces against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla aid ships.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

No Excuse, Says Human Rights Lawyer: Obama Can Still Close Guantanamo

How the president undermined his own plan to shutter the notorious facility by agreeing to the “defense” bill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Human Rights Champion Carmelyn P. Malalis

The leader of the New York City Commission on Human Rights is driven by both a zeal for the public good and personal passion. She is on a mission to give a voice to the voiceless.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules That Smoking Pot Is a Fundamental Human Right

The motion represents a sharp challenge to the country’s strict drug laws, adding the court’s weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war on drugs.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

Is Oklahoma About to Murder an Innocent Man?

On Wednesday, Richard Glossip will face execution by the state of Oklahoma despite mounting evidence pointing to his innocence.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Religious Freedom

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 ENLARGE

Canada Clears Way for Ecuadorean Case Against Chevron Over ‘Amazon Chernobyl’

Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that Ecuadorean villagers can go after Canadian assets of the U.S.-based oil company Chevron in one of the most bitterly contested environmental cases in history.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE

Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis Jailed in Standoff Over Same-Sex Marriage Licenses (Updated)

After drawing national attention and being found in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples seeking to wed in her area of Kentucky, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis could be on her way to professional martyrdom for mixing her religious beliefs with her job.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

When Big Data Becomes Bad Data

Corporations are increasingly relying on algorithms to make business decisions, a practice that raises new legal questions.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Egypt

A Cairo court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on charges that legal experts said were unfounded and politically motivated. The move has sparked worldwide outrage, with the European Union describing the verdict as “a setback for freedom of expression in Egypt.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Women’s Equality Day: Whatever Happened to the Equal Rights Amendment?

Wednesday marks the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S. But let’s not forget that the U.S. Constitution still does not guarantee equal rights for women. This video examines why the ERA, despite having been written in 1923, still hasn’t passed.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

An Oklahoma Man Awaits a ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Richard Glossip can be executed in September, despite the strong evidence of his innocence and the intense pain that Oklahoma’s injection cocktail is known to cause.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Landmark Bill for Mandatory Childhood Vaccinations

The new law will require one of the strictest vaccination regimes in the country, and California is now one of only three states that does not permit nonmedical exemptions.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Remain Open ... for Now

The Supreme Court on Monday put a stop to parts of Texas’ anti-abortion law, which would have closed all but nine abortion clinics in the state.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Mandatory Vaccination Bill for Public Schools Passes California Assembly

The state of California has approved one of the toughest vaccination laws in the United States.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Senate Passes USA Freedom Act, Restricting NSA Surveillance Powers

Passage of the act will end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE

David Cameron Unleashes Frightening Attack on ‘Tolerance’ Through Proposed Extremism Laws

The British prime minister has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups that claim the ban on “extremists” could be adapted to cover anyone, including protesters the government disagrees with.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

Driving While Black: Chris Rock Takes a Selfie Each Time Cops Pull Him Over

For the last seven weeks, the comedian has been publicly documenting his police stops to highlight racial profiling.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

Arkansas Defies Widespread Outrage by Passing Its Own ‘Religious Freedom’ Act

Arkansas, following Indiana’s lead, has adopted a hugely controversial, “anti-gay” Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE

Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?

When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE


How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

For years, the outsourcing of defense and intelligence work was, with good reason, controversial in political circles.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE


Border Security Is Not an Immigration Cure-All

With the opening of the new Congress, Republican lawmakers have been promising a renewed focus on border security as a supposed fix for America’s broken immigration system.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE

Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran turned pacifist Rory Fanning.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE

Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran-turned-pacifist Rory Fanning.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

The Flame of Intolerance Still Flickers in Alabama

This week, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order that no same-sex marriage licenses be granted in the state.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE


Juvenile Republicans Turn on One Another

If the party’s aim is to show Americans it is ready to govern, we are witnessing an epic fail.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE


U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of Guantanamo Detainee Should Not Stand

The conviction of Australian David Hicks, held for nearly six years, was not legally valid, the chief prosecutor says.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

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Cutting Through the Hysteria Over Court’s Gaza War Probe

Here are the facts about the International Criminal Court’s examination of crimes committed in the 2014 fighting.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE


The Windy City’s New Gift to Big Campaign Donors

On its face, Chicago’s municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. Unless you ask Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

AP/Markus Schreiber

How Free Is Free Speech in America?

The uncomfortable truth is that here, as elsewhere around the world, freedom of expression has never come easily and is nearly always threatened in one way or another.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE


The 2014 SCOTUS Awards

Who’s the justice on the SCOTUS with the mostest? Read on to find out.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE

This Public Alabama Hospital Sues the Poorest of the Poor

More than a century ago, Alabama enshrined a basic protection in the state’s constitution shielding its poorest citizens from being forced to pay debts they couldn’t afford. But a public hospital in the mostly rural southeast corner of the state has found a way around the law.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Cliff Owen

Is This Alito’s Court Now?

Samuel Alito has grown from a junior crony to a prime driver of the court’s increasingly ideological agenda.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE

CIA Crimes Without Punishment

With the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the use of torture by the CIA after 9/11, the final defense of the indefensible by its perpetrators, advocates and publicists is falling apart before our eyes.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE


A Multi-Billion Dollar Secret

If you are a public school teacher in Kentucky, the state has a message for you: You have no right to know the details of the investments being made with your retirement savings.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE

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Rapper Faces Life in Prison Over His Lyrics

San Diego rapper Brandon Duncan, aka Tiny Doo, has no criminal record, yet he is now facing trial on nine counts of participating in “criminal street gang conspiracy.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE

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