Civil Rights

3863 ABA Journal Civil Rights articles.

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…

Lawsuit: 7-Year-Old Citizen Locked In With Dad

A 7-year-old California boy was rousted from his bed at home by federal immigration authorities and illegally held with his father for 10 hours in a locked room earlier this…

NH Civil Unions OK’d; ‘Proud Tradition’

The New Hampshire legislature approved civil unions for same-sex couples today, the anniversary of when the first such bill in the country was signed into law seven years ago by…

Massacre Fallout: ‘A’ Student Charged for Essay

A straight-A student at a suburban Chicago high school reportedly was charged with disorderly conduct yesterday over a paper he had written for his English class.

Authorities declined to specify…

Today in Legal History: Guillotine First Used, Vt. Civil Unions First in U.S.

On this day in 1792, the guillotine reportedly was first used in France to execute a highwayman, Nicolas-Jacques Pelletier. At the time, despite its subsequent notoriety as a means of…

Gonzales Battle Puts Latino Groups in Hot Spot

As the controversy over Attorney General Alberto Gonzales continues, Latino groups reportedly are torn. Many gladly endorsed the elevation of the son of migrant farmworkers to the nation’s top prosecutorial…

Leading Syrian Human Rights Lawyer Jailed

A leading Syrian human rights lawyer reportedly was sentenced to a five-year prison term yesterday in Damascus, sparking protests by the U.S. and others.

Arrested last May, Anwar al-Bunni was…

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