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Former Student Who Was Suspended for Posting Violent Rap Song Online Loses His Appeal to the Fifth Circuit

Student Press Law Center | Posted 08.21.2015 | Education
Student Press Law Center

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled in favor of a Mississippi school district in a First Amendment case where a former high school student was punished for posting online a profanity-filled rap about two school coaches.

Federal Appeals Court Considers Controversial Texas Voter ID Bill

Texas Tribune | Jim Malewitz | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS – A federal appellate judge on Tuesday questioned why the Texas Legislature had not addressed concerns that its four-year-old vo...

Samantha Lachman

Four Years Later, Texas Is Still Defending Its Voter ID Law | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that could have national implications for states that require vote...

Which States Still Don't Have Marriage Equality? (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-11-17-ScreenShot20141117at11.06.49AMsmall.pngStates have been gaining marriage equality at the rate of one or two a week lately, but a few stubborn holdouts may remain a serious challenge.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

Willful Blindness Is No Defense

Brad Reid | Posted 12.06.2011 | Business
Brad Reid

Margaret Heffernan's recent book, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, explores the many reasons for willful blindness and profiles courageous individuals who saw the facts.

Raped Cheerleader Told by Courts to Go Home and Be Quiet

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

The Supreme Court of the United States just told a sexually assaulted high school girl to shut up and go home. They didn't say it in those words exac...

Fifth Circuit's Cheerleader Ruling Just Plain Wrong

Adam Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Adam Goldstein

Who are the bullies? Have school officials demonstrated they can be trusted to make sound judgments about students' off-campus lives if this is the way they run their schools?

AG Abbott's Constitutional Miss on Federal Education Dollars

Barbara Ann Radnofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ann Radnofsky

Texas officials violated the spirit and the letter of the Texas Constitution by thwarting the purpose of the money requested by Governor Perry in his July 2009 application and received by Texas.

The Corporate Courts: Fifth Circuit Judges Are Marinating in Oil

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

There are many oil-drenched casualties of the tragedy in the Gulf. It would be a shame if the integrity of the judicial system was one, as well.

A Silver Lining In The Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision For Political Prisoner Paul Minor

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

The Supreme Court's recent decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission - duly criticized for clearing the way for runaway corporate mon...

Why Is Paul Minor Still Behind Bars?

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

Minor has spent the past three years a political prisoner, left to rot in jail after partisan operatives in the Bush administration targeted him for being the top Democratic funder in Mississippi.

Wheels of Justice Are Grinding Too Slowly For Paul Minor and Other Political Prisoners

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

Why has Eric Holder's Justice Department left Paul Minor, Judges Walter Teel and John Whitfield languishing in jail?

Imprisoned Democrat Paul Minor's Appeal Has Major 1st Amendment Implications

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

Without quid pro quo proof of a deal between donor and recipient, anyone, could be accused of "bribery" just for giving money to a candidate running for office, as Paul Minor was.

Despite Rove's Spin Machine, Justice May Be Around The Corner For Paul Minor

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

What happened to Paul Minor is not only unethical, but also unconstitutional.

Paul Minor's Attorneys Ask Attorney General To Intervene

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

This new evidence of misconduct should compel Attorney General Holder to review Minor's case and immediately release him from prison.

Paul Minor Denied Release by 5th Circuit and Justice Department

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

Justice Department officials are opposing the release of Paul Minor, the prominent Mississippi trial attorney currently serving 11 years in prison following his selective prosecution by the Bush DOJ.