Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Civil Rights Roundup: 08/05/08

Your daily dose of civil rights and related news

The WaPo opines against the appalling state of DC's child services department.

The Feds are pursuing a case against a unrecognized Indian tribe which falsely told immigrants that by purchasing tribal membership, they would become American citizens.

The 5th Circuit is preparing to hear whether Texas' moment of silence law is an unconstitutional cover for school prayer.

Texas continues to struggle with getting good teachers to teach at poorer and urban school districts.

Immigrant children get less exercise than other American kids.

AIDS among migrant workers are being neglected during their detention by American authorities.

A death row inmate in Ohio claims that his weight will prevent the lethal injection protocol from working on him, subjecting him to an "excruciating" death.

AlterNet has a good story on the continued tensions between radical feminists and transgender women.

The title is a bit bizarre, but this article on unionizing immigrants is very interesting.

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied a request by Jose Ernesto Medellin for a 240-day reprieve or commutation of his sentence, despite his lawyer's pleas that the case seriously threatens American interests abroad by undermining the Vienna Convention.

Even if California voters approve Proposition 8, which would overturn the state's gay marriage ruling, it would not apply retroactively.

The NYCLU wants to know the race of suspects shot at by the NYPD.

Casinos rule in Las Vegas, and it seems they can use their privileged position to get out of liability for gross safety violations.

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