Since Roe v Wade, hundreds of people have been criminalized for allegedly having a self-managed abortion, which occurs when a woman ends her own pregnancy using pills, herbal remedies or other methods. That needs to change, says the American Bar Associartion.
Close to a fifth of state legislatures are pushing for anti-protest bills in a movement that gained momentum after the summer’s protests over the police killing of George Floyd. The measures range from barring demonstrators from public benefits or government jobs to offering legal protections to those who shoot or run over protesters.
The ACLU is suing the FBI following the discovery of public court documents and records that indicate the FBI Electronic Device Analysis Unit can bypass encrypted cell phone information. If true, the ACLU says this will “severely undermine our digital privacy and security.”
The Allegheny County Jail says its ban on print books from the outside, announced this week, was adopted for “security” reasons. Inmates will have to read new books on electronic tablets, but there are only 263 books, including 49 religious titles, available in the facility’s digital library.
A federal district judge in an ACLU lawsuit ruled that border agents can’t search international travelers’ smartphones and other electronic devices without at least suspecting them of a crime. But she declined to hold the government to a higher probable-cause standard.
When Jon Goldsmith posted a profanity-laced Facebook post criticizing a deputy, Goldsmith was charged with criminal harassment. The sheriff’s office now will pay him to settle a free speech case he filed.
One month after the Georgia Supreme Court found breathalyzer refusals could not be used as evidence against drivers, state legislators have patched up policing procedures while plotting a longer-term fix.
As prison law libraries go digital, many inmates are encountering significant barriers to getting the materials they need to pursue their cases. TCR investigates a barrier to justice that has received little attention.