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Department Of Education Proposes To Roll Back Civil Rights Protections for Victims of Sexual Assault and Harassment

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On November 16, the Department of Education released a proposed rule to dramatically limit schools’ obligations to students who have experienced sexual violence. Although it preserves some important protections associated with the process, including the involvement of an impartial investigator, the opportunity to present rebuttal evidence, equal right to appeal for both parties, and… Read More »

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Calls on Administration to Recommit to Police Oversight

By Phillip J. Murphy |

After former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum reducing the ability of federal law enforcement officials to curb police abuse state-by-state, on November 15, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called on the Justice Department to recommit to police oversight, including the use of binding consent decrees in order to promote constitutional policing… Read More »

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Pittsburgh Shooter Charged With Federal & State Homicide & Hate Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The mass shooting at the Pittsburgh Synagogue that killed 11 people involves the overlap of criminal charges (criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and ethnic intimidation), hate crimes (obstruction the free exercise of religious beliefs), and civil rights issues. Armed with a number of assault rifles and handguns, the suspect allegedly opened fire inside the synagogue… Read More »

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination Concerned Civil Rights Advocates

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court had a number of civil rights activists concerned; based on the judge’s decision record. In addition to concerns over his individual record, there were also overall concerns that his addition to the court would also make the current Chief Justice—a traditionally conservative voter—the swing… Read More »

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New Report Implicates Racial Profiling In School Policing

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A new report released in late September suggests that school policing involves racial profiling, criminal justice, and civil rights issues. The report is especially relevant at the moment, as debates surrounding how to make schools safer and stop shootings continue to intensify. As we hear more and more proposals that call for more police… Read More »

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New York Council Passes Significant Uber & Lyft Restrictions & Launches Voter Registration Efforts In Jails

By Phillip J. Murphy |

During the month of August, a number of important initiatives that affect New Yorkers’ civil rights moved forward, as we discuss in detail below: Increasing Voter Registration for Inmates On August 7, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new voter registration drive for the city’s correctional facilities, which will allow inmates… Read More »

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Administration’s Policy Of Separating Families & Children Violates Their Civil Rights

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The current administration’s decision to separate families at the border (i.e. the “zero tolerance” policy) has garnered significant attention in the news, particularly in association with various civil rights concerns. Reports indicate that nearly 700 children were separated from their families between October and April, and another 638 just between May 6 and 19… Read More »

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Are Police Illegally Using DNA Evidence In Criminal Investigations?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Police tracking down the “Golden State Killer” has been in the news headlines of late, not only because he turned out to be a former police officer, but also due to the methods used by detectives to break the case. In the case, police officers reportedly used genetic data provided by the killer’s relatives… Read More »

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NYPD & New York City Sued For Misusing Arrest Records

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On April 24th, a class action lawsuit was filed against the NYPD police department and the city of New York alleging that the department illegally kept and accessed sealed arrest records in order to target particular communities for investigations and law enforcement activities. The lawsuit alleges that the department used the records in the… Read More »

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Two New Jersey Police Officers Arrested For Misconduct

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Two New Jersey police officers—Jonathan Bustios and Eudy Ramos—were recently investigated and arrested by the FBI for illegally stopping and searching vehicles, detaining the occupants, and stealing items from them. Both officers worked for the Paterson police department for four years and were assigned to the Hillcrest neighborhood and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center…. Read More »

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