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Tag: Law

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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

AP/Adel Hana

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


Why Some of the Most Conservative Republicans Are Pro-Immigration

Take, for example, studies arguing for a liberalized immigration policy by the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think tank started by the vast wealth of right-wingers Charles and David Koch.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction

The president’s immigration action has forced the contradictions of the Republican establishmentarians into the sunlight.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Evan Vucci

Immigration: Presidents Have the Power, but Does Obama Have the Guts?

Protecting immigrants from deportation, permitting them to come out of the shadows, is the right thing to do.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE

Photo by Caleb Smith

Don’t Blame Obama When Boehner Won’t Do His Job

The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE

Photo by Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News & World Report, via Wikimedia Commons

American Hero; American Story

John Doar died last week at the age of 92. If there was a Greatest Generation, he was one of its greatest men.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE

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Tuesday Probably Meant Nothing for 2016

A more careful look at the returns significantly complicates the narrative that an American electorate, which recently tilted Democratic, has since shifted back to the Republican fold.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE

Denis Kornilov /

Separatist Ukraine Elections Make U.S. Midterms Seem Even More Boring

This weekend some truly bizarre elections, featuring armed soldiers and artillery fire, were held in the self-styled People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Luhansk.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE

Leonard Zhukovsky /

Ballot Measures to Watch, From Marijuana to the Minimum Wage

Looking for reasons to vote besides party politics? Here is a quick and dirty guide to today’s main events in direct democracy: the ballot measures.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Obama Still Counts on ‘Hopey-Changey Stuff’

President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE

Geoffrey Kuchera /

This Voter’s Story Will Make You Angry at Texas

Eric Kennie, 45, has never left his hometown of Austin, Texas, and he was raised to do “the right thing” and vote. But Texas won’t let him. Spoiler alert: He’s black.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE

The Republicans’ Profane Attack on the Sacred Right to Vote

There is a database housed in Arkansas with your name in it ... that is, if you live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE

‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt

In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange’s new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Eric Gay

Is Voter Suppression an American Tradition?

Today’s ID laws are driven by an old purpose—undermining genuine majority rule and deflecting threats to the established order.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE

A Revisionist Take on President Obama

There is no shortage of bad news for President Obama, but history may be kinder to the man.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE


In Legalization Battles, Alcohol Defines the Politics of Marijuana

Drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are now challenging police to a “drug duel” to prove their point.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE

Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination—at least so far.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Charles Rex Arbogast

No Justice for Michael Brown

In the most fundamental sense, there will never be justice for Michael Brown.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE

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