Civil Rights

Inmate's Murder Conviction Tossed Due to Repeated Effort to Keep Blacks Off Jury Supreme Court
Inmate's Murder Conviction Tossed Due to Repeated Effort to Keep Blacks Off Jury
2019-06-21 20:46:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The murder conviction and death sentence of a black inmate in Mississippi cannot stand because the trial court failed to recognize a prosecutors efforts to keep blacks off the jury was due at least in part to discriminatory... Read More

Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans Civil Rights
Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans
2019-06-21 20:38:13
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - A House Judiciary subcommittee held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on whether the federal government should consider compensating the descendants of slaves in the United States. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who became the... Read More

Justices Send Same-Sex Wedding Case Back to Oregon Court of Appeals Civil Rights
Justices Send Same-Sex Wedding Case Back to Oregon Court of Appeals
2019-06-17 19:48:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court tossed an Oregon appeals court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The justices' one-sentence order directs appellate judges in Oregon to reconsider the case in light... Read More

DC Circuit Rejects Trump Policy of Blocking Abortions for Undocumented Teens Civil Rights
DC Circuit Rejects Trump Policy of Blocking Abortions for Undocumented Teens
2019-06-14 18:48:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Trump administration's policy of blocking abortions sought by undocumented pregnant teenagers in federal custody cannot "be squared with Supreme Court precedent." In 2017, the Trump administration adopted a... Read More

North Carolina's GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill State News
North Carolina's GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill
2019-06-07 21:00:23
by Dan McCue

North Carolina's Republican-led House on Thursday failed to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that would require doctors to try to preserve the life of an infant born alive during an attempted abortion. To override Cooper's veto... Read More

House Bid to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship Garners Bipartisan Support Immigration
House Bid to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship Garners Bipartisan Support
2019-06-05 21:16:53
by Dan McCue

The Democrat-led House passed legislation Tuesday that would create a path to citizenship for about 2.5 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The bill, which passed by a vote of 237-187, with seven Republicans voting in... Read More

Michigan Governor, Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Rights Michigan
Michigan Governor, Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Rights

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan lawmakers kicked off LGBTQ Pride Month on Tuesday by announcing legislation to amend Michigan’s civil rights law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity. Lawmakers and supportive groups say... Read More

Circuit Judge Blocks Missouri from Suspending License of State's Only Abortion Clinic In The News
Circuit Judge Blocks Missouri from Suspending License of State's Only Abortion Clinic
2019-05-31 19:35:22
by Dan McCue

A circuit court judge in St. Louis on Friday stepped in to block Missouri officials from taking away the license of the state's only abortion clinic. The decision by St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer to issue a temporary... Read More

Louisiana Governor Says He'll Sign 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill State News
Louisiana Governor Says He'll Sign 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill
2019-05-30 20:44:28
by Dan McCue

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Thursday that he will sign a strict new abortion law barring the procedure once a heartbeat is detectable -- a point that comes before many women realize they are pregnant. In a written statement,... Read More

Nevada Governor Signs Bill Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons Civil Rights
Nevada Governor Signs Bill Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons
2019-05-30 20:31:36
by Dan McCue

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill Wednesday that will restore the voting rights of ex-felons, a measure he said will re-enfranchise 77,000 people when it goes into effect on July 1. Sisolak, a Democrat and... Read More

Lawsuit Claims Mississippi Employs Racist Means to Keep Blacks Out of Statewide Office Litigation
Lawsuit Claims Mississippi Employs Racist Means to Keep Blacks Out of Statewide Office
2019-05-30 20:27:42
by Dan McCue

A federal lawsuit filed in Jackson, Mississippi claims the state unlawfully continues to employ a racist provision inserted in its constitution in the 1890s to prevent African Americans from being elected governor or to any other statewide office. In a... Read More

ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Alabama over Abortion Ban Civil Rights
ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Alabama over Abortion Ban
2019-05-24 20:40:26
by Dan McCue

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Friday to block an Alabama law that bans nearly all abortions and makes performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The... Read More

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