Coronavirus Quarantines Prompt Warnings of Possible Civil Rights Violations
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Coronavirus Quarantines Prompt Warnings of Possible Civil Rights Violations
2020-02-13 16:20:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal and state officials are hurrying to figure out a long-term quarantine procedure for passengers arriving at U.S. airports who potentially carry the deadly coronavirus without violating their rights. As the epidemic grows, they are considering quarantine within... Read More

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive LGBTQ Protections
State News
Virginia Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive LGBTQ Protections

RICHMOND, Va. — Advocates for people who identify as LGBTQ cheered Thursday as Virginia’s General Assembly passed comprehensive legislation protecting them from discrimination in housing, employment and public spaces. “This is a historic day and bright moment for the whole... Read More

Supreme Court Confronts Homeless Crisis and Whether There’s a Right to Sleep on the Sidewalk
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Supreme Court Confronts Homeless Crisis and Whether There’s a Right to Sleep on the Sidewalk

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court meets Friday to consider for the first time whether the Constitution gives homeless people a right to sleep on the sidewalk. The justices are weighing an appeal of a much-disputed ruling by the 9th Circuit... Read More

House Committee Calls for Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs
Travel
House Committee Calls for Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs

U.S. House committee leaders this week called for airlines to do more to prevent mishandling of wheelchairs and scooters of passengers with disabilities, and sought more information on airlines’ policies and procedures. In a letter to industry group Airlines for... Read More

Supreme Court Debates Whether Discrimination by 'Sex' Includes Gay and Transgender Workers
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Debates Whether Discrimination by 'Sex' Includes Gay and Transgender Workers
2019-10-08 22:33:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The cases came from New York, Georgia and Michigan. In one, Donald Zarda, a Long Island man who taught skydiving for 15 years, was fired by his employer, Altitude Express, when a female customer complained that he had... Read More

Tent Courthouses for Migrants to Open Along Texas Border
Immigration
Tent Courthouses for Migrants to Open Along Texas Border

LAREDO, Texas — Workers climbed atop a massive new U.S. immigration tent court on the banks of the Rio Grande at dawn Monday, adding the last few nails to the white roof, as generators hummed. A line of people snaked... Read More

Lawsuit Claims Muslim Woman Forced to Certify When She Wears Headscarf to Receive Driver’s License
State News
Lawsuit Claims Muslim Woman Forced to Certify When She Wears Headscarf to Receive Driver’s License

CHICAGO — A Rockford, Ill., woman is suing the Illinois secretary of state in an attempt to change a state rule requiring those who wear a religious head covering in their driver’s license photo to also certify that they do... Read More

Maryland Marijuana Case Sets Standard For Police Searches Of Crime Suspects
State News
Maryland Marijuana Case Sets Standard For Police Searches Of Crime Suspects
2019-08-21 18:19:03
by Tom Ramstack

A ruling last week by Maryland’s highest court is likely to help redefine the criminal law of marijuana possession as states nationwide search for new legal standards. A unanimous Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that police who smell marijuana can... Read More

Kentucky Supreme Court To Decide Suit Over Shop’s Refusal To Make Gay Pride T-Shirts
State News
Kentucky Supreme Court To Decide Suit Over Shop’s Refusal To Make Gay Pride T-Shirts

LEXINGTON, Ky.—More than seven years after a Lexington shop refused to make T-shirts for the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments Friday about whether or not the company violated the city’s Fairness Ordinance. Before the... Read More

Mexico to Announce Legal Actions to Protect Mexicans in US
Immigration
Mexico to Announce Legal Actions to Protect Mexicans in US

MEXICO CITY — Mexico will take legal measures to protect Mexican nationals in the United States after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday killed at least three Mexicans, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said. The country’s “indignation” will... Read More

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

Eight Republicans Join House Democrats In Vote to Ban LGBT Discrimination
Civil Rights
Eight Republicans Join House Democrats In Vote to Ban LGBT Discrimination
2019-05-17 21:04:50
by Dan McCue

Eight House Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues Friday in voting in favor of legislation banning discrimination against members of the LGBT community. H.R. 5, also known as The Equality Act, was jointly introduced in both the House and the Senate... Read More

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