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...]

Trump CIA Nominee Enthusiastically Pro-torture and Mass Surveillance

Rep. Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, has some unsurprisingly disturbing views on two key issues, torture and mass surveillance. In short, he's an enthusiastic fan of both of those constitutionally and statutorily dubious practices. … [Read more...]

Trump Again Lies About What He Said Previously

I've lost count of how many times this has happened, but the Trump people are once again flat out lying, saying that he didn't say something we have him on video saying. This time they say he never said he would have a registry for Muslims. … [Read more...]

Prosecutor Fakes Confession, Gets a One Year Suspension

An assistant district attorney in California added a fake confession into an interrogation transcript in a child molestation case, which he then claimed was a joke. A court found that he did it to influence plea negotiations, so he's facing a whopping one-year suspension of his law license. … [Read more...]

Higbie Justifies Muslim Registry With Japanese Internment Camps

Trump supporter Carl Higbie went on Fox News for an interview with Megyn Kelly and defended the creation of a registry for all Muslims. He justified it by saying that we'd done similar things before, including the Japanese internment camps during WWII, one of the darkest stains on our history. … [Read more...]

Just Say No to Giuliani as Attorney General

With Rudy Giuliani up for either attorney general, secretary of state or DHS secretary in Trump's cabinet, with the former being more likely, old friend Radley Balko reviews his appalling history on civil liberties. He basically doesn't believe privacy exists and would happily sell out every freedom for the illusion of security. … [Read more...]