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Constitutional Rights

Any Self-Respecting Supreme Court Would Have Struck Down the Texas Abortion Law

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The essential fact in this Texas abortion case is this: that the purpose of the law was transparently to prevent women from exercising a right that the Supreme Court has declared that the Constitution grants them.

LGBT Rights in National Constitutions - would they make a difference in the US and globally?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 06.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Jody Heymann

Co-authored by David Godfrey This month marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic ruling that extended marriage equality to millions o...

Supreme Court Rules There's No Such Thing As A Right To Being Thrown In Prison Quickly

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the Constitution doesn't guarantee people convicted of crimes the right to receive a sentence as quickly...

'Right To Privacy' Looks Very Different For Conservatives Who Defend Anti-Trans Bathroom Laws

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics

A number of lawsuits are now underway in North Carolina over its enforcement of HB2, the controversial law that, among other provisions, bars transgen...

Here's A Good Reason For The Fourth Amendment To Apply To Immigration Courts

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

When Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at his house in Springfield, Illinois, in 2012, Colombian-born Jhon Erick Ocampo struggled t...

7 Things That We Wish Were April Fool's Jokes But Are All Too Real

Kicker | Posted 04.01.2016 | College

We just feel like today will be the day someone jumps out and yells "April Fools! Biff from Back to the Future II isn't really running for president! And a madman isn't actually in charge of a nuclear-armed country." Right? Right?

A New Land -- Reshaping Sri Lanka's Destiny

Aritha Wickramasinghe | Posted 03.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Aritha Wickramasinghe

For too long Sri Lanka's LGBT community have been excluded from the recognition and protections that they deserve.

The Supreme Court Could Use A Good Public Defender

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.19.2016 | Politics

Once a Supreme Court nominee is chosen, the public quickly forgets the people not picked. But now is actually a good time to focus on someone who almo...

Do the World's 232 Million Migrants Have Constitutional Rights?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 10.23.2016 | World
Dr. Jody Heymann

While the Syrian refugee crisis is currently capturing the world's attention, it reflects a much broader trend of increasing migration worldwide.

Off Their Front Porch: Protesters Have No Free-Speech Rights On Supreme Court Plaza

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics

The Constitution doesn't apply in the area just outside the main court that interprets the Constitution. A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that ...

Social Distancing and the Unvaccinated

The New England Journal of Medicine | Posted 06.16.2016 | Healthy Living
The New England Journal of Medicine

Though social distancing may represent a key public health measure, such infringement of individual rights should be minimized and undertaken only when necessary to protect the public's health.

What White Americans Don't Know and Maybe Never Will

Richard Greener | Posted 06.12.2016 | Crime
Richard Greener

Police abuses do not matter to most of us, and for those who have no choice and must live with these often life- threatening problems every minute of their lives, sadly the message from the majority of Americans is - you "don't look right" to us, and we just don't care about you.

Who Will Save the Savior Sibling?

Maura Dickey | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Maura Dickey

If we are going to treat children as if they are merely made of harvestable parts, then we should also establish legal standards that provide an independent advocate for the savior sibling.

The SCOTUS Should Stop Overprotecting the Rich and the Powerful: They Don't Need the Help

Eric Segall | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Eric Segall

The biggest winner in the Supreme Court over the last few years has been the United States Chamber of Commerce. The Roberts Court is simply carrying on a long and sorry tradition of the Justices favoring the rich and the powerful against the poor and the weak.

Big Data Policing in the Big Apple

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 09.14.2014 | Technology
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What is predictive policing and how does it work? Predictive policing works by taking regularly recorded crime data -- location, time, and crime -- and inputting it all into sophisticated computer models that predict places of expected criminal activity.

Dropping the Pretext: North Dakota Takes a Frontal Attack on Roe v. Wade

Nancy Northup | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Nancy Northup

Last March, North Dakota enacted a blatantly unconstitutional and downright archaic law completely banning abortions very early in the first trimester, before many women will even know they are pregnant.

The Anniversary of the Brown Decision

Daan Braveman | Posted 07.26.2014 | College
Daan Braveman

With respect to equal educational opportunities, colleges and universities must play a vital role in ensuring that a college education is accessible and that students understand the strength that lies in settings rich in diversity.

Occupy Wall Space

Buddy Winston | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Buddy Winston

As odd as discovering that Attila the Hun made potpourri, George W. Bush is now a avid portrait artist.

Put Simply, We've Had Enough: No More "Private Opinion" Ads On Radio and TV

Richard Greener | Posted 06.25.2014 | Media
Richard Greener

It's happened before. It can happen again.

Social Media and the First Amendment

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 05.17.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Fifty years after the U.S. Supreme Court defined broad constitutional free speech rights, we exercise freedom every day by using social networks. Nevertheless, this use of liberty also remains at issue in schools, the workplace and beyond.

Celebrating Sullivan: The Central Meaning of the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, perhaps the most important First Amendment case in American history. In the words of the great First Amendment scholar Alexander Meiklejohn, the decision was "an occasion for dancing in the streets." Why was Sullivan so important?

The Dangers When a President Writes His Own Laws

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Harlow Giles Unger

The Constitution did not give the president power to issue executive orders. Congress and the Supreme Court should and must curtail or abolish the president's use -- and abuse -- of such orders before he or a successor misuses it to transform himself from an imperial president into emperor.

WATCH: 2nd Amendment Defender's Dramatic Confrontation With Police

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Video published on Friday shows a dramatic confrontation between an open-carry advocate and Michigan police. The incident later led to a federal lawsu...

Chief Judge For 9th Circuit Cites 'Epidemic' Of Prosecutor Misconduct

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The dissent by Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, from a decision not to rehear U.S. v. Olsen starts off wit...

Second Amendment: Redux

Mona R. Washington | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Mona R. Washington

Cast American One Concerned, gun weary, shell shocked, patriotic-centrist, and parent American Two Concerned, gun weary, shell shocked, pa...