Arkansas City Accused of Targeting Poor

Arkansas City Accused of Targeting Poor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Courthouse News) – An Arkansas couple says they are being ordered to leave their community because their $1,500 trailer is too cheap to comply with a new city ordinance that criminalizes struggling residents “simply because they are poor.” David Watlington and Lindsey Hollaway say their $13,000 combined annual income places them below […]

Compromise in the Works for Feeding the Homeless in Tampa

Compromise in the Works for Feeding the Homeless in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) — The City of Tampa and a group that regularly feeds the homeless is working on a compromise after volunteers from the group were arrested for feeding homeless people in a downtown park without a permit. Saturday the group, Food Not Bombs, hosted another free meal in Lykes Gaslight Park, this […]

Report: China Selling Information on Citizens

Report: China Selling Information on Citizens

(Washington Post) — Sometimes living in China feels like dystopia has already arrived. As thick clouds of choking smog envelop the Chinese capital this week, more bad news has emerged to make life here feel even more like a grim science fiction movie. Not only are Chinese authorities collecting vast amounts of personal data on all […]

City to Pay $112K for False Arrest Claim

City to Pay $112K for False Arrest Claim

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (The Journal News) — The city will pay $112,500 to a man who alleged he was falsely arrested after being hit by a taxi. The Mount Vernon Board of Estimate and Contract voted Tuesday to pay a settlement to Stephen Sudu of Georgia, who sued the city in 2013 alleging misconduct by […]

Judge Orders Portland Police to Stop Using Maine Civil Rights Act to Target Pro-Life Speech

Judge Orders Portland Police to Stop Using Maine Civil Rights Act to Target Pro-Life Speech

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction to a Portland pastor who asserted that he was being unlawfully targeted by police outside of a Planned Parenthood facility for his pro-life preaching. U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen, appointed to the bench by Barack Obama, ruled on Monday that police may not use […]

Federal Court: No First Amendment Right to Record Cops Unless Challenging Police

Federal Court: No First Amendment Right to Record Cops Unless Challenging Police

PHILADELPHIA (Washington Post) — In recent years, lower federal courts have generally held that the First Amendment protects a right to video-record (and photograph) in public places, especially when one is recording public servants such as the police. Because recording events that you observe in public places is important to be able to speak effectively […]

Homeschool Couple Pepper Sprayed in Front of Children Reach Settlement With Sheriff, Deputy

Homeschool Couple Pepper Sprayed in Front of Children Reach Settlement With Sheriff, Deputy

NEW HAMPTON, Mo. — A homeschooling couple has agreed to accept a settlement offer from a Missouri sheriff and his deputy after they filed a lawsuit for being pepper sprayed and tasered for refusing to let police in their house without a warrant. As previously reported, the situation occurred in September 2011 after a Missouri Child Protective […]

House Republicans Urge Court to Throw Out Net Neutrality Rules

House Republicans Urge Court to Throw Out Net Neutrality Rules

(ARS Technica) — Republican members of Congress urged a federal appeals court to vacate the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, saying any such rules should be written by lawmakers instead of the commission. “Congress certainly did not leave (and would never have left) this issue of great national importance to be decided by the […]

Appeals Court Stays U.S. Judge’s Ban on Bulk Collection of Phone Data

Appeals Court Stays U.S. Judge’s Ban on Bulk Collection of Phone Data

(Washington Post) — A U.S. appeals court Tuesday temporarily blocked the ruling of a federal judge who this week called the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records almost certainly unconstitutional, just weeks before the program’s scheduled phase-out. The order by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. […]

California Churches Sue After Being Forced to Provide Abortion Coverage

California Churches Sue After Being Forced to Provide Abortion Coverage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three California churches filed suit against the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) on Friday over a directive that was issue last year that would force all faith-based employers to offer abortion coverage regardless of their religious beliefs. As previously reported, DMHC issued a letter in August 2014 requiring all insurance companies […]

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