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US Supreme Court decision allows police to commit “reasonable mistakes” in detaining suspects

By Nick Barrickman
18 December 2014

In a blow to the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a police officer detaining someone under a mistaken reading of the law could cite having made a “reasonable mistake,” and thus avoid having the court disregard all evidence obtained under such circumstances, provided that a law was “‘so doubtful in construction’ that a reasonable judge could agree with the officer’s view.” 677 more words

CIVIL RIGHTS

Judge dismisses Teen’s murder conviction 70 years later

70 years after South Carolina sent 14-year-old, George Stinney Jr., to the electric chair, a circuit court Judge Carmen Mullins threw out his murder conviction. 151 more words

Hard News

Arizona must grant driver's licenses to dreamers

(A version of this post first appeared at Latino Rebels.)

In a short order, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied Arizona’s last-ditch request to block issuance of driver’s licenses to undocumented students granted deportation relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 304 more words

Civil Rights

Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action - Chicago Tribune

Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers’ class action – Chicago Tribune.

This is great, but I know how the system works: When they get the backpay, less than $1,000 after the lawyers take their cut for each of the 187,000 workers they robbed, they’ll be kicked off food stamps. 99 more words

Civil Rights

Jackson Grayhound

Work took me to Jackson, Mississippi  (I cant help but spell it out loud each time I write it, it’s this kind of chant that I learned as a child: m-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i … doesn’t have the same ring when written out…sad ). 589 more words

The Justiciablity of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights

Alastair Richardson

JF Law and French | TCLR Junior Editorial Board

‘Simply stated, universality of human rights means that human rights must be the same everywhere and for everyone…Human rights are indivisible.

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HERO

Some heroes are caste when a tragedy strikes
Running headlong into dangerous situations
Some put their lives on the line every day
Braveness acknowledged in trifling citations … 189 more words