Human Rights

255 ABA Journal Human Rights articles.

Homeless man who lives in cardboard boxes says state law gave him the right to defend his home
A homeless man who uses cardboard boxes for shelter is citing New York’s castle doctrine as a defense in a criminal case accusing him of attacking two men with a knife.
What does Equal Rights Amendment ratification in Virginia mean for its chances?

The Equal Rights Amendment has been battling the numbers since 1979, at which time it fell three states short of becoming part of the Constitution. As of 2020, however, just one state was needed to meet a state count threshold to pass the ERA—that’s until Virginia made history on Wednesday, ratifying the amendment.

Afternoon Briefs: Michael Avenatti is accused of bail violations; Virginia is 38th state to ratify ERA

Michael Avenatti is arrested for alleged bail violations

The lawyer who once represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels has been arrested for alleged bail violations. The federal government contends that,…

Over 200 federal lawmakers urge SCOTUS to reconsider Roe; DOJ takes narrower stance
More than 200 members of Congress filed an amicus brief Thursday that encouraged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider and possibly overrule Roe v. Wade when it decides a case on a restrictive Louisiana abortion law.
Chemerinsky: It’s likely to be an amazing year in the Supreme Court
No U.S. Supreme Court term in recent memory has had more potential blockbuster cases on the docket than this one. The court is likely to dominate the headlines in May, and especially June 2020, with rulings on almost every major controversial area of law.
SCOTUS goes into the new year with a loaded plate as impeachment trial looms

The U.S. Supreme Court has multiple high-profile cases on its docket this term, including cases to be argued in early 2020 on state aid to religion, abortion and President Donald Trump’s desire to shield his personal finances from government subpoenas.

Meet 11 ABA members who inspired us in 2019
Members Who Inspire is an ABA Journal series profiling exceptional ABA members. This past year, we featured many in the legal field who are doing good work and paying it forward, including pro bono for veterans, fighting for prisoners' rights, and promoting literacy and advancing diversity.
Afternoon Briefs: Son of spies ruled a Canadian citizen; lawyer avoids discipline over raccoon video

Bar says lawyer should attend professionalism class after brush with raccoon

A Florida lawyer who posted a video of himself shooing a raccoon off his boat and into open…

5th Circuit judge has ‘judicial change of heart’ in case that could chill protests
A federal appeals court decision criticized for its potential to chill protests is no longer unanimous.
Afternoon Briefs: Retired lawyer liable for son’s death; SCOTUS rejects homelessness case

93-year-old retired lawyer is found liable for son’s shooting death

On Friday, jurors in San Diego found a 93-year-old retired lawyer liable for $9.5 million in damages for killing his…

Suit alleges 2 lawyers sexually assaulted paralegal after firm’s annual holiday party
A former paralegal at St. Louis law firm Brown & Crouppen claims in a lawsuit that she was apparently drugged at the firm’s annual holiday party and sexually assaulted by two firm attorneys at an Illinois strip club later that night.
A biotech attorney’s experience with the ‘guerrilla lawyers’ at the border

“I have struggled with how to make the tragedy of Matamoros come alive in a way that will do justice to the raw experience I witnessed. Of course, there is no justice in their raw experiences—that is the point,” writes Seattle lawyer Jill B. Scott.

Fight over right of women to enter strip club turns into battle over local anti-bias protections
Two women who sued after they were barred from a strip club have sparked a court battle over the viability of local human rights ordinances in the state of Florida.
The curious case of A$AP Rocky

Five months after his release from detention in a Swedish jail, A$AP Rocky returned to Stockholm to perform Wednesday. It’s a surprise comeback for the rapper, who was jailed for nearly 30 days this summer after his arrest on suspicion of assault. The case made international headlines and trained an unprecedented level of scrutiny on the criminal justice system of a country normally lauded for its progressive ideals.

State supreme court sides with Christian print shop who refused gay pride T-shirts
The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Christian print shop owner who refused to print gay pride T-shirts for religious reasons.

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