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Civil Liberties: Archives

State Judicial Ethics Rules Fail to Address Flood of Campaign Cash from Lawyers and Litigants

Justice David Prosser article icon Issue Brief Judges and legislators fail to address the conflicts of interest inherent in multimillion-dollar judicial elections.

by Billy Corriher and Jake Paiva | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Most States Flunk a Test of Their Recusal Rules

cursor icon Interactive A CAP analysis finds that states have failed to strengthen their judicial ethics rules to address the growth in campaign cash.

by Billy Corriher and Jake Paiva | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Jurisprudence Displays a Naïve View of Political Corruption

McCutcheonThe ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC will give the wealthiest 1 percent even more influence over politicians, including elected judges.

by Billy Corriher | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Texas, Where Are the Judges?

Cornyn and Cruz article icon Issue Brief Federal court judicial vacancies in Texas are creating an untenable backlog of cases and denying Texans access to justice.

by Sandhya Bathija, Joshua Field, Phillip Martin | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Conservative Politicians are Lashing Out at Courts that Order Equal Funding for Education

Derek Schmidt article icon Issue Brief When judges rule in favor of students seeking a better education, they risk incurring the wrath of conservative legislators with an austerity agenda.

by Billy Corriher | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Discrimination? Corporate Loopholes? Law Avoidance? Hobby Lobby’s Potentially Slippery Slope

Hobby Lobby article icon Fact Sheet A poorly decided Hobby Lobby ruling has the ability to dramatically redefine religious liberty from a fundamental value that protects genuine religious beliefs to a loophole that can be used to discriminate and create unfair advantages in the corporate world.

by Joshua Field | Monday, March 24, 2014

Infographic: Hobby Lobby’s Slippery Slope

The outcome of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius has the potential to dramatically transform religious liberty.

by Joshua Field | Monday, March 24, 2014

Chris Christie’s War on Judicial Independence

Chris Christie book_alt2 icon Report New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is engaged in an unprecedented effort to pack the state supreme court with justices who will rule the way he wants.

by Billy Corriher and Alex Brown | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Voting Rights Playbook

Voting book_alt2 icon Report In addition to addressing the aggressive voter suppression tactics that states have taken post-Shelby County, this report details the importance and power of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and the tools that remain in Sections 2 and 3 to combat voting-related discrimination.

by Joshua Field | Monday, February 3, 2014

Religious Liberty for Some or Religious Liberty for All?

article icon Issue Brief The conservative campaign for “religious liberty” undermines fairness and liberty for all.

by Joshua Dorner | Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Supreme Court Considers Compulsory Prayer

Mandating prayer at local town board meetings mixes government and religion in a way that is harmful to both.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Criminals and Campaign Cash

Campaign Cash book_alt2 icon Report The findings of a new CAP analysis show that as campaign cash increased, the courts studied began to rule more often in favor of prosecutors and against criminal defendants.

by Billy Corriher | Monday, October 28, 2013

Greece v. Galloway: Why We Should Care About Legislative Prayer

U.S. Supreme Court article icon Issue Brief The Supreme Court’s decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway will not only determine what is and is not permitted when it comes to legislative prayer but could also instruct all aspects of religion in the public sphere.

by Sandhya Bathija | Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius: Crafting a Dangerous Precedent

Hobby Lobby article icon Issue Brief A lawsuit brought by Hobby Lobby, a giant retailer, to avoid ACA compliance highlights why for-profit corporations do not have religious freedom rights.

by Julia Mirabella and Sandhya Bathija | Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Infographic: From the Civil Rights Era to the Present

Although our nation has made great progress since the civil rights era, the struggle for economic opportunity and equality in America continues.

by Joy Moses | Thursday, August 22, 2013