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Bush v Gore Remembered

Posted December 2013 in Civil Rights by Sharon Lopez

Thirteen years ago today (12/11/2000)  Andrea Farney and I were in Washington D.C. for a work related meeting when we both worked at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (... read more »

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Schools not constitutionally required to stop bullying

Posted August 2013 in Civil Rights by Andrea C. Farney

At the end of the 2013 school year the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision closing the door on using the U.S. Constitution to protect children from school bullying.  In Morrow v. Bal... read more »

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Racial profiling is unconstitutional and ineffective police work.

Posted March 2013 in Civil Rights by Andrea C. Farney

When a police officer targets an individual because of the color of their skin, i.e. “racial profiling,” that officer violates the individual’s Fourteenth Amendment right.  Such... read more »

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First Amendment protects citizen's right to videotape police officers.

Posted January 2013 in Civil Rights by Andrea C. Farney

Remember how crucial the Rodney King videotape was in the prosecution of the LA police officers who beat up Mr. King?  But for the private citizen’s catching the officer’s actions on ... read more »

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Homeless people have a right to privacy in their possessions

Posted September 2012 in Civil Rights by Sharon Lopez

In September 2012 The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction that prohibited the City of Los Angeles from seizing the property of homeless people who had temporarily left the items unatte... read more »

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You might have a federal case when a public employee discloses private things about you

Posted June 2012 in Civil Rights by Andrea C. Farney

The U.S. Supreme Court has found certain constitutional “zones of privacy” that are rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment.  The first privacy interest is the “individual interest i... read more »

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