Civil Rights

3824 ABA Journal Civil Rights articles.

8 Workers Charged in Prison Abuse Conspiracy

Eight former Florida prison workers were criminally charged Tuesday in what authorities described as an organized conspiracy to abuse prisoners that included sexual misconduct and other “despicable” acts by guards.

NC Court Battle Over Taking Oath on Quran

Putting one’s hand on the Bible to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is a relic of history in most American courtrooms today.…

A School Desegregated Is Still Divided

A judge’s ruling in February freeing Little Rock, Ark., schools from oversight has not ended longstanding racial resentments.

Fifty years ago, angry whites protested desegregation at Central High School as…

Digital Cameras Make Difference in Abuse Cases

Domestic abuse victims notoriously can be reluctant to prosecute, once the immediate attack is over. But police in Queens, N.Y., have found a way to up the ante of successful…

Possible Ruling: Chimp a ‘Person’ with Rights

In a case that could prove a persuasive precedent for other judges internationally, animal rights activists in Vienna are seeking a court ruling that a chimpanzee is legally a person.…

Ex-Cops Admit to Prisoner Beating

Two former St. Louis area police officers have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a federal civil rights violation for their role in beating a jail inmate.

In a plea…

A Clash of Rights in TB Cases

A drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis pits the rights of those who are infected against those of the public.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the percentage of patients…

TB Patient Jailed for Risky Actions

An Arizona man with tuberculosis has been confined to a hospital’s jail ward since August because he did not wear a mask in public or take prescribed medications.

“It’s not…

The Reach of the Writ

Habeas corpus rights of Guantanamo detainees are still up in the air

May 25, 1925

Evolution Teacher John Scopes Indicted

Spring Brings Fashion Police Blitz in Iran

Men, is the top button of your dress shirt undone? Women, are you wearing a bright-colored scarf? That could mean the fashion police are hot on your trail, if you…

Federal Judges Hold Keys to Calif. Prison Cells

As state legislators in California struggle to relieve prison overcrowding, two federal judges there could be poised to figuratively unlock a number of the cells.

Both Thelton E. Henderson and…

High Court Watches Video, Rules for Police

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a police officer is not liable for trying to stop a motorist who leads police on a dangerous car chase, even though the…

Hate Crimes Hard to Prove, Rarely Prosecuted

Nationwide, hate crimes are not reported as often as one might think, and they are rarely prosecuted. Although some say this reflects a racial bias, it can also be difficult…

British Slave Records Going Online

A new Web site is putting a human face on a sad chapter in British history: the keeping of slaves. Slavery was abolished in Britain in 1807, but continued until…

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