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Constitutional Rights

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

Eric Segall | Posted 08.14.2014 | 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 07.15.2014 | 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.

Attorney For Amish Family Says Forced Chemo Order Violates Their Rights

AP | JOHN SEEWER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge's decision appointing a guardian to make medical decisions for an Amish girl after her parents stopped her chemotherapy ...

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...

Anal Probes And the Drug War: An Ethical And Legal Primer

Radley Balko | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

Last week, news wires, blogs and pundits lit up with the horrifying story of David Eckert, a New Mexico man who last January was subjected to a series...

An Unreal Dream: Justice and Reform Win Over Corruption

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Robert L. Cavnar

The Houston Cinema Arts Festival screened An Unreal Dream, the story about Michael Morton, who was wrongly convicted of his wife's murder in 1986 and then trapped in the Texas prison system for 25 years.

It's (Almost) September 17 -- Do You Know Where Your Constitution Is?

Laura Beth Nielsen | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Laura Beth Nielsen

On this Constitution Day, ordinary people may not think they have any say or stake in lofty constitutional matters when we talk about constitutional questions using these terms. And yet, Americans' lived experience touches on constitutional law every day.

'Know Rights or No Rights' Campaign Seeks to Educate Americans About Our Constitutional Rights

Thom Senzee | Posted 11.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Thom Senzee

A national campaign to draw the attention of young Americans, especially LGBT youth, to the Bill of Rights and the amendments to the U.S. Constitution in a fun and youthful way was recently launched on the red carpet at the 38th annual Nicky Awards.

'Spying and Lying': How Our Constitution Is Under Attack... and Why We Should Be Outraged

Rick Collins | Posted 10.21.2013 | Crime
Rick Collins

When the true facts of an investigation's origin and development are withheld not only from defense lawyers but from prosecutors and judges, the rights to a fair trial and to confront one's accusers are rendered meaningless.

Republicans and the Parable of the Boiling Frog

Lori Day | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Lori Day

The GOP has begun to turn up the temperature on the pots of water a bit too quickly, ensuring the frogs will jump out. Watching the gathering protests and escalating anger in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina these past two weeks has given me hope that people are paying more attention.

What's at Stake With the Surveillance State

Kabir Helminski | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Kabir Helminski

There's a fable that has been told for at least seven centuries: A man is seen taking refuge in a dark alley, breathless and frightened. He bumps into...

Emily Swanson

Poll Finds Tough Reviews For Obama's Handling Of Constitutional Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

A new HuffPost/YouGov poll has found that while Americans are divided in their opinion of how President Barack Obama is handling the job of protecting...

You Have No Privacy. So What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

We can, and should, be angry to learn that all of our communications and movements have been secretly monitored for years. But we can't escape our own responsibility by claiming to be surprised.

An Open Letter to President Obama

Nancy Northup | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Nancy Northup

There is perhaps no other fundamental right that is under more ferocious attack than the right of reproductive choice -- and we need you to help us fight back now.

Miranda, McVeigh, and the Boston Marathon Bombing: Where's the Distinction?

Adam Banner | Posted 07.09.2013 | Crime
Adam Banner

When investigators had their answers and Tsarnaev had already incriminated himself, only then did they read him his rights. He immediately fell silent, protecting the rights previously denied him.

Gideon And The Constitution's Fugue

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Much has been said of the ways our criminal justice system has fallen short of that promise. But I didn't see it that day. I saw men and women in a dark place, bringing hope.