Trump Has No Idea What Asset Forfeiture Is

I wrote last week about the meeting Trump had with a bunch of county sheriffs in Texas where civil asset forfeiture came up and Trump simply couldn't believe that anyone would want it curtailed. But a look at the full conversation shows that Trump has absolutely no idea what it is or how it works. … [Read more...]

Important Suit Filed Against Louisiana’s Indigent Defense System

A major class action suit has been filed by a coalition of civil rights organizations against the state of Louisiana for failure to provide adequate legal representation to poor people accused of crimes. Almost 90% of those arrested in that state require a public defender. … [Read more...]

The FBI’s Extraordinary Chutzpah

On Martin Luther King Day, the FBI decided to express its support for the late civil rights leader for whom had at least an indirect role in murdering. This is what they put up on Twitter: … [Read more...]

Sekulow Doesn’t Know What the DOJ Is Supposed to Do

Jordan Sekulow, part of his father Jay's Christian legal empire that he has milked for every dollar he can get his hands on, does a podcast. In his latest one, he cheers on the nomination of Jeff Sessions and says he will end the DOJ's "obsess[ion] with the civil rights issue." … [Read more...]

Secular Writers, Critics Disappear in Pakistan

In a very disturbing development, four secular writers who have been staunch critics of the government, have disappeared in Pakistan over the last week. The only question is whether those responsible are militant Muslims or the government (but I repeat myself). … [Read more...]

Sessions Lies About Handling Civil Rights Cases

I was sort of half-watching the Rachel Maddow show tonight and she was introducing a guest who had written an op-ed that I had not yet seen about Jeff Sessions lying about having handled several civil rights and desegregation cases. I knew before she said his name that it had to be Gerry Hebert. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court To Hear Important Criminal Justice Case

Did you know that in many parts of the country, the police charge you a fee for being arrested even if you're completely innocent and no charges are ever filed? The Supreme Court is set to hear two cases challenging that practice as unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

Sessions is Very Upset by Challenges to Civil Asset Forfeiture

George Will has one of his occasionally intelligent columns, this time about Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee to be the next attorney general. You know what really gets Sessions upset? Anyone who challenges the blatantly unconstitutional practice of civil asset forfeiture. … [Read more...]

Court: Mandatory Drug Testing of College Students Unconstitutional

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that mandatory drug testing of college students was unconstitutional, upholding the district court's injunction to stop the practice. The suit was brought by the ACLU of Missouri. … [Read more...]

Trump’s CIA Nominee Wants Even More Invasive Surveillance

The man Donald Trump is nominating to lead the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo, is a big fan of government surveillance. In fact, he wants to go much further than either Presidents Bush or Obama went (and they pretty much shredded the 4th Amendment since 2001). … [Read more...]

Court Rules for Plaintiff in Case Involving Religious Criteria in Hiring

You may remember the story of a candidate for a county constable position being asked his views on gay marriage, abortion and religion during the interview process, a rather blatant violation of the law. A federal judge has ruled in that man's favor and issued a permanent injunction against such practices. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants to Burn the Constitution

Of all the forms of political pandering, the most irritating to me is when politicians start going on about flag burning. And I'm certainly not the least bit surprised to see Donald Trump say that anyone who does that should either lose their citizenship or spend a year in jail. … [Read more...]