Tag Archives: human rights

Texas Judge Under Fire For Conduct in Death Penalty Case

Special prosecutors in Texas are demanding consequences for the controversial actions of a Texas judge who presided over a death penalty case. The Commission of Judicial Conduct is accusing the judge of smearing the judiciary after she refused to keep…

Louisiana Seeks Declaratory Judgment Against 84 Death Row Inmates

The state of Louisiana has sued 84 death row inmates, seeking declaratory judgment that the execution method complies with state law. The state named all 84 death row inmates in a counterclaim to one prisoner’s suit in which he challenged…

Will the Ninth Circuit allow a suit against John Yoo to move forward?

A number of lawyers are urging a federal appeals court to allow a case against John Yoo to go forward. Yoo worked for the Office of Legal Counsel and advised the president on legal issues, including waterboarding and other interrogation…

What will happen to the Americans accused of child abduction in Haiti?

10 Americans are being held in Haiti on charges of child abduction, after attempting to leave the country with 33 children, some of whom still had living family members. The majority of the group thought they were going to Haiti…

Pentagon to Study ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ for One Year

In reaction to President Obama’s state of the union speech last week, the Pentagon will announce a one year study reviewing the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy. During his speech last week, President Obama called for the end of the…

Obama promises to end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

 During his state of the union speech on Wednesday night, President Obama promised to repeal the controversial "don’t ask, don’t tell" law that bans gay members from living open lives while serving in the military. During his presidential campaign, President…

CIA official who said waterboarding was successful retracts his claim

A former CIA official who previously said waterboarding was an effective means of interrogation, and referred to a specific incident regarding an Al Qaeda operative, now admits he has no firsthand knowledge of the technique or its effectiveness. In 2007,…

New York Paves an Easier Path for Transgender Name Changes

Two recent decisions, along with countless volunteer lawyers, have made it easier for transgender individuals to change their name in New York. In the first case, the New York appeals court held that individuals seeking name changes are not required…

Unsurprisingly, attempts to create all-white basketball league not well received

An attempt to create an all-white basketball league in the southern United States is being heavily criticized. According to a statement from the league, the All-American Basketball Alliance, "Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents…

Why delay lifting the ban on gays in the military?

Guest post by Randall Ryder Legal counsel for United States top military officer recommend the Pentagon delay a request to Congress to repeal the ban on openly gay military service officers. In 1993, the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy was…