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Are You Ready For Your Close-up?

Stampp Corbin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Stampp Corbin

With the ongoing incidents concerning inappropriate police shootings, the call for body cameras is getting increasingly louder. So loud that scores of police departments across the nation have already implemented or begun implementation of the technology.

Experiences With South Carolina Law

Herb Silverman | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

Police investigations in South Carolina and many other states almost always exonerate the officer in a questionable situation. SLED is an independent state law enforcement agency, kind of like a state FBI, but many who don't trust police officers also don't have much confidence in SLED.

If Clarence Darrow Defended Tsarnaev: The Art of the Closing Argument

Phillip Martin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Crime
Phillip Martin

History is still waiting to judge the conclusion of the Boston Marathon Bombing trial. But in the Tsarnaev case and many others, the standard that defense attorneys and prosecutors have tried to live up to for nearly a century has been the 12-hour closing argument by Charles Darrow in the trial of Leopold and Loeb.

A Tale of Two Cakes: The Real Truth About Colorado's Cake Wars

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Those who would use the cake cases to promote legislation allowing businesses to discriminate in the name of religion should be careful what they ask for.

The Chicago That We Want

Colleen Connell | Posted 06.08.2015 | Chicago
Colleen Connell

You won another four years, Mayor Emanuel. You told us you'd listen to us and do what is best for Chicago. We want a safe, effective, united Chicago for all residents, no matter our neighborhood or skin color.

Julia Craven

TSA Says It Will Stop Touching So Many Black Women's Hair

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

No, you cannot touch my hair -- but it isn’t as if the woman had asked for my permission. An agent of the Transportation Security Administration...

The ACLU's Frat House Take on 'Revenge Porn'

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 06.01.2015 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

What explains the view that disclosing information about a person's medical history or financial status, regardless of motive, is destructive and should be punished by law, but that disclosing pictures of a person's naked body is trivial and should not be punished unless motivated by a desire to harm the victim?

Jonathan Cohn

Why Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Is Such A Big Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

If you’ve been following the controversy over Indiana’s new religious freedom law, you might be confused about what it really says and what it wil...

New Measures Help Offenders Who Can't Afford Fines, Legal Fees Avoid Cycle Of Debtors' Prison

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

When Jack Dawley returned in 2007 to his hometown, Norwalk, Ohio, after eight years in prison and on parole in Wisconsin, he knew getting by would be ...

Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

Reuters | Sharon Bernstein | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) - Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday t...

Protesters Rally In Chicago Demanding Police Reform In 'Stop And Frisk' Searches

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Three people were arrested on Tuesday at a protest at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office while demanding reforms to the nation's second l...

Samantha Lachman

Supreme Court Won't Consider Challenge To Wisconsin Voter ID Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law Monday, though it had blocked the state from requ...

The Recent Attacks on NIF: Who, What and Why

Rabbi David A. Teutsch | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi David A. Teutsch

Those of us committed to democracy vigorously defend freedom of speech as an essential tool for effective democracy and a substantial benefit guaranteed by it.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon v. United States

Francis Levy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

The first amendment is really the first cause of American life. It's America's raison d'etre. It was the liberal ACLU who defended the Nazis in Skokie. How free speech issues make strange bed fellows!

Maxwell Tani

ACLU Sues Florida County Over 'Prison Gerrymandering'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maxwell Tani | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A prominent civil rights group is suing a Florida county for using its prison population to boost some voters' political power. Pris...

Colorado Civil Liberties On the Brink: Why Your Vote Matters

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The margins between advancing, losing or just holding ground in civil liberties are very narrow in a state like Colorado. Voters would do well to pay attention to what goes on in the legislature and to take seriously the threat of legislation.

Michigan Public School District Backs Down From Christianity Requirement

The Associated Press | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion

McBAIN, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan public school district says it's no longer asking that its next superintendent be a Christian after getting...

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Into Mexican Farmworker's Slaying

Reuters | Posted 02.24.2015 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE, Feb 24 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union urged the Justice Department on Tuesday to launch an investigation into the fatal polic...

Mollie Reilly

Judge Blocks Obama Administration From Detaining Asylum-Seekers As Immigration Deterrent

HuffingtonPost.com | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg issued a preliminary injunction Friday blocking the Obama administration from detaining individuals seeking asylum ...

First Amendment Under Fire: Pennsylvania's 'Silencing Act' Puts Society at Risk

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

This past October, a startling bill was fast-tracked through the Pennsylvania legislature that should make every one of us take pause and think about what those documents really mean.

Deviants or Drones

Randy Miller | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Randy Miller

A law requiring that students simply obey law enforcement in any given situation, even if authority goes against the rights of the public, sets a dangerous precedent for future action by police and policymakers that is not for the benefit of the public.

Alabama Chief Justice Makes 11th Hour Attempt To Halt Gay Marriage

AP | KIM CHANDLER | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tori Sisson and Shante Wolfe camped in a blue and white tent outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during the early hours...

'The Guy Next To You Is Eating His Feces': What Solitary Is Really Like

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 02.06.2015 | Crime

The state of Texas holds more than 6,000 people in solitary confinement and they stay in isolation for an average of four years, according to a new re...

Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Black Radical Who Matters For Our Time

Johanna Fernandez | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Johanna Fernandez

Because they speak uncomfortable truths, black prophetic voices, while they are alive, are vilified and violently persecuted by repressive agents of the state.

This Man Faces Life in Prison for ... Rapping

David Loy | Posted 04.05.2015 | Crime
David Loy

I've heard free speech isn't free, and Brandon Duncan, who raps as Tiny Doo, has learned that the hard way.