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Civil Liberties: Archives

Dodging a Billion-Dollar Verdict

Judge Lloyd Karmeier article icon Issue Brief A lawsuit alleges that State Farm secretly spent millions of dollars to help elect an Illinois Supreme Court justice who would later overturn a huge verdict entered against the insurance giant.

By Billy Corriher and Brent DeBeaumont | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fixing Wisconsin’s Dysfunctional Supreme Court Elections

Wisconsin state supreme court book_alt2 icon Report This month a task force recommended that Wisconsin justices be limited to a single 16-year term.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, July 29, 2013

Domestic Data Collection and Privacy Rights

John Podesta delivers remarks at a Center for American Progress Action Fund event with Sen. Ron Wyden.

By John Podesta | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Clarence Thomas: The Anti-Thurgood Marshall

Clarence ThomasWith his recent comparison of affirmative action to slavery, Justice Clarence Thomas appears determined to undo the civil-rights and equal-justice accomplishments of his predecessor, Justice Thurgood Marshall.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Speaker Boehner’s Raid on the Treasury Enabled the Supreme Court to Strike Down DOMA

John BoehnerUsing funds appropriated for congressional operations to fight court battles on behalf of the Defense of Marriage Act turned out to be a bad deal for taxpayers and DOMA supporters alike.

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, June 27, 2013

Why Courts Matter

play_alt icon Video The federal courts will have an enormous impact on our lives and the future of the law. It's time progressives start making who sits on these courts a part of their advocacy efforts.

By Sandhya Bathija and Andrew Blotky | Thursday, June 27, 2013

Creating a Federal Right to Vote

article icon Issue Brief The Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is clearly a blow for voting rights, but it also serves as a wake-up call for Americans to become educated about the lack of protections in place to combat voting discrimination.

By Joshua Field | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

State and Federal Courts: The Last Stand in Voting Rights

article icon Issue Brief The Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder means that courts will play an even more important role in protecting the right to vote.

By Andrew Blotky and Billy Corriher | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Voters Overwhelmingly Support Judicial Election Reforms

Recent polling results indicate that the vast majority of voters want to eliminate the influence of campaign cash in judicial elections.

By Billy Corriher | Friday, June 21, 2013

Recommendations for Executive Action to Combat Illegal Gun Trafficking and Gun Crime

President Barack Obama gun action article icon Issue Brief There is much the president can do to address gun violence in our communities that does not require approval by Congress.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Monday, June 10, 2013

A Dual Disenfranchisement: 2013 Update

Voting article icon Issue Brief As recently released data show, the rate of women of color showing up at the polls on Election Day increased from 2008 to 2012.

By Liz Chen | Wednesday, May 22, 2013

No Justice for the Injured

Theodore Olson book_alt2 icon Report An analysis of state supreme court rulings shows that an influx of corporate campaign cash is influencing judges to rule against those injured while on the job or by business entities such as hospitals.

By Billy Corriher | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Preventing Domestic Abusers and Stalkers from Accessing Guns

The Smith & Wesson .45 caliber M1911 pistol article icon Issue Brief Weaknesses in federal law and law enforcement leave untold numbers of women vulnerable to gun violence committed by men who have harassed, stalked, threatened, and terrorized them, often for years.

By Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, Chelsea Parsons, and Megan Knauss | Thursday, May 9, 2013

9 Reasons Why Progress on Stronger Gun Laws Is Within Reach

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Gabby Giffords, Mark Barden article icon Issue Brief Even though the Senate failed to pass an amendment to require background checks for most gun sales, stronger gun laws are still within reach.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Advocates Continue Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence

Gun-violence preventionIn the wake of last week’s Senate vote against legislation to prevent gun violence, Americans must remember that their efforts to reduce gun violence are a marathon, not a sprint.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 24, 2013