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Amid shouts of 'shame,' House GOP defeats gay rights measure

Amid shouts of 'shame,' House GOP defeats gay rights measure | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
Democrats shouted "Shame! Shame!," but seven Republicans switched their votes under pressure from House leaders Thursday and defeated a measure to protect gay rights.
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Everybody Into the Pool

Everybody Into the Pool | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
A parks department accommodation to Orthodox Jews violates the rights of others who just want to cool off.
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The Supreme Court Is Afraid of Racial Justice

The Supreme Court Is Afraid of Racial Justice | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
How the court 40 years ago diminished the meaning of the Equal Protection Clause.
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North Carolina Law May Risk Federal Aid

North Carolina Law May Risk Federal Aid | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
Billions of dollars for schools, highways and housing could be at risk as the Obama administration reviews the state’s new “bathroom law.”
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Texas Abortion Law Has Women Waiting Longer, and Paying More

Texas Abortion Law Has Women Waiting Longer, and Paying More | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
Clinics and patients experience the effects of a 2013 state law that is at the center of a case being considered by the United States Supreme Court.
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The forgotten way African Americans stayed safe in a racist America

The forgotten way African Americans stayed safe in a racist America | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
When racist towns used to lynch people, these guides helped keep black travelers safe
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Dorf on Law: Was Justice Scalia's Discussion of "Lesser Schools" Racist?

here is what Justice Scalia said.

"There are those who contend that it does not benefit African­-Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less­ advanced school, a less a slower­ track school where they do well. One of the briefs pointed out that most of the ­­most of the black scientists in this country don't come from schools like the University of Texas.  . . .They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they're ­being pushed ahead in ­­classes that are too fast for them.  . . . I'm just not impressed by the fact that the University of Texas may have fewer. Maybe it ought to have fewer. And maybe some ­­you know, when you take more, the number of blacks, really competent blacks admitted to lesser schools, turns out to be less. And ­­I don't think it stands to reason that it's a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many blacks as possible."

 

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The Supreme Court Hears Fisher v. University of Texas—Again - The Atlantic

The Supreme Court Hears Fisher v. University of Texas—Again - The Atlantic | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
For the second time, the justices of the Supreme Court are struggling with Fisher v. University of Texas—and the divisive questions it raises
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Students’ Protests May Play Role in Supreme Court Case on Race in Admissions

Students’ Protests May Play Role in Supreme Court Case on Race in Admissions | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
The protests, some at the alma maters of the court’s members, might sway the justices in a University of Texas case where a white woman was denied entrance.
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Excluding Blacks From Juries

Excluding Blacks From Juries | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
Far too many prosecutors exploit peremptory challenges to create racially unrepresentative juries and win convictions.
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Argument preview: Race and the make-up of juries

Argument preview: Race and the make-up of juries | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
The process of selecting juries to try criminal cases has become, at least in high-profile cases, a science of human profiling. Both sides -- prosecutors and defense lawyers -- try to make educated guesses about how potential jurors may react if seated, at times using behavioral experts to improve t
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Slavery Did Not Die Honestly

Slavery Did Not Die Honestly | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
150 years after the Civil War, the process of Reconstruction remains contested—and incomplete.
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Justice Dept. Presses Civil Rights Agenda in Local Courts

Justice Dept. Presses Civil Rights Agenda in Local Courts | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
The government has waded into cases involving legal aid, transgender students, juvenile prisoners and people who take videos of police officers.
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Supreme Court Weighs Bias and Secrecy in Jury Deliberations

Supreme Court Weighs Bias and Secrecy in Jury Deliberations | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
The justices seemed to struggle over whether jury deliberations should stay secret when evidence emerges that they were marred by racial or ethnic bias.
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Federal judge says UNC can’t enforce North Carolina’s transgender bathroom restrictions

Federal judge says UNC can’t enforce North Carolina’s transgender bathroom restrictions | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
The school had said it was stuck between state and federal mandates after the controversial bill became law.
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Transgender Fight in North Carolina May Hinge On 1964 Law

Transgender Fight in North Carolina May Hinge On 1964 Law | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
The Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination because of “race, color, religion, sex or national origin,” but the word sex made it into the bill almost accidentally.
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Why North Carolina Lawmakers Banned LGBT Non-Discrimination Policies

Why North Carolina Lawmakers Banned LGBT Non-Discrimination Policies | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
After Charlotte passed a city ordinance barring discrimination and creating transgender accommodation for bathroom use, Republicans in the state legislature swung into action.
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The Potential for the Most Liberal Supreme Court in Decades

The Potential for the Most Liberal Supreme Court in Decades | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
It should be no surprise that Justice Antonin Scalia’s death has led to a political fight. His replacement on the court could lead to a historic change in the court’s balance of power.
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Texas Puts An 'Undue Burden' On Women's Choice, Abortion Clinics Tell Supreme Court

Texas Puts An 'Undue Burden' On Women's Choice, Abortion Clinics Tell Supreme Court | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court has long been divided on abortion rights.
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Is the Texas Ten Percent Plan “Race Neutral”?

Is the Texas Ten Percent Plan “Race Neutral”? | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
In light of the oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Cornell University law professor Michael Dorf considers whether the school’s Ten Percent Plan is “race neutral.” Dorf distinguishes race consciousness from racial classifications, and he points out that Justice Kennedy—the Court’s usual swing vote on such issues—has historically found that distinction to be significant.
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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on ‘One Person, One Vote’

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on ‘One Person, One Vote’ | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
In the voting rights case Evenwel v. Abbott, the justices will address the question of who must be counted: all residents or just eligible voters.
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The next battle in the gay rights movement kicks off on Capitol Hill

The next battle in the gay rights movement kicks off on Capitol Hill | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
Coalition hopes to use momentum from Supreme Court marriage ruling to push ambitious rights legislation.
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What the movie ‘Suffragette’ doesn’t tell you about about how women won the right to vote

Political strategy, not militant tactics, won women the vote.
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Freedom Still Awaits

Freedom Still Awaits | The Law & Politics of Civil Rights | Scoop.it
A century and a half after Reconstruction, fights over voter suppression and police brutality reveal that it remains an unfinished project.
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