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Ruling Upheld to Block U.S. Air Force from Discharging HIV-Positive Service Members

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has upheld an injunction barring the U.S. Air Force from discharging two HIV-positive airmen. The lawsuit stems from a Defense Department policy that forbids HIV-positive service members from deploying outside the United States without a waiver. In February 2018, the Trump administration elaborated upon the rule, [...]

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Supreme Court to Examine Religious Organization Exemption from Discrimination Lawsuits

In reviewing two separate lawsuits concerning teachers at religion-based schools, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the extent that religious groups can avoid discrimination lawsuits filed against them by their employees. A legal doctrine known as the “ministerial exception” is intended to protect the freedom of religion by exempting religious institutions from anti-discrimination laws in hiring [...]

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Man Exonerated After More than 30 Years in Jail

More than 30 years after the murder conviction of Jack Sagin, he was exonerated and released from prison in October 2019. Using evidence based on testimony from a jailhouse informant, a jury found Sagin guilty of murdering a 40-year old California woman in 1986. Sagin won the right to conduct DNA testing in 2009, which determined [...]

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$700,000 Awarded to Woman Who Was a Target of Online Hate Crimes

In a 2019 landmark decision, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia awarded over $700,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees to an African American woman threatened and harassed on social media by white supremacists. Filed by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, pro bono counsel, and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, plaintiff Taylor Dumpson’s [...]

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2019’s Big Civil Rights Cases

The second-half of 2019 brought a number of significant decisions impacting plaintiffs who had their civil rights violated. In July of 2019, the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a decision surrounding juvenile resentencing. The ruling clarified that, when resentencing men and women who received juvenile life without parole sentences, the offender’s youthful (i.e., [...]

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