Over Donald Trump’s first 100 days, the fight to defend core civil liberties and civil rights has occurred in three primary areas: immigration, healthcare, and transgender rights. As in all struggles, there have been successes and failures, advances and setbacks, but one thing is clear: The Resistance isn’t going anywhere if President Trump continues to violate the Constitution and attack... View details ⇨
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“I refuse to look at the next four years and say the only thing we will do is defend,” she told HuffPost, ahead of her job announcement. “It also has to be how do we defend and expand and advance the rights of the community.”
Today's editorial in the The New York Times covers the ACLU Massachusetts victory in the dismissal of 21,587 tainted drug cases, the largest single dismissal of wrongful convictions in U.S. history. This victory strengthens the ACLU’s efforts to challenge prosecutorial misconduct and to end the failed war on drugs nationwide.
Why are jails clogged with so many people who have been charged but not tried? A study by the Vera Institute of Justice noted that judges are less willing today than in previous eras to release individuals charged of crimes on their own recognizance. Instead, judges more commonly set cash bail amounts that many defendants can’t pay.