Imani is a recovering attorney turned political blogger, journalist, and women’s rights activist. She is the founder of Angry Black Lady Chronicles, winner of the 2010 Black Weblog Award for Blog to Watch, and the 2012 Black Weblog Award for Best Political Blog. She is currently co-host of This Week in Blackness Prime. Her work has been featured at The Grio.com, AlterNet, and she appears regularly on a variety of progressive radio shows and podcasts. She received her J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law in 2001, where she was a Hardy Cross Dillard scholar and an Editorial Board member of the University of Virginia Law Review.
The allegations were, and are, absurd. In fact, they are so absurd—and Daleiden’s conduct in editing and releasing the videos is so egregious—that amidst a flurry of lawsuits, a federal court just ordered him in contempt of court and handed him a bill for more than $130,000.
The U.S. attorney general submitted a nearly blank form about his contacts with Russian officials. But he wasn't so silent when he talked to a group of right-wing lawyers and used words from the slain civil rights leader.
Daleiden has been charged with 14 felony counts of unlawfully recording people without permission and one count of conspiracy to invade privacy stemming from his covert recordings of Planned Parenthood staffers and officials.
The detention of migrant children without a bond hearing, judges agreed Wednesday, violates the consent agreement the government agreed to be bound by in order to resolve this lawsuit, which originated as a class action in 1985 under the case name Flores v. Meese.
The cases, Sessions v. Dimaya and Jennings v. Rodriguez, both involve constitutional challenges to immigration enforcement laws that ultimately ask the Supreme Court to help define the scope of any due process rights—fair treatment by the judicial system—that immigrants are entitled to.
“This decision is not only deeply upsetting for the rights of LGBT individuals living in Mississippi, but also for the protection of religious liberty in our country,” Roberta Kaplan, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, said in a statement.
The defendants moved to dismiss the case on the grounds of sovereign immunity, a judicial doctrine that bars people from suing a state or its political subdivisions, agencies, and departments without the state’s consent.
Prior to SB 4, local officials could decide for themselves how much resources to expend helping federal officials crack down on immigration, or whether to help them at all. SB 4 turns that system on its head.
The judge is overseeing lawsuits relating to the smear campaign the Center for Medical Progress launched in the summer of 2015, alleging as part of its "Human Capital Project" that Planned Parenthood employees were unlawfully profiting from fetal tissue donation and violating the “partial-birth abortion” ban.
Top legal officials in Maryland and Washington, D.C., take aim at President Trump's immigration orders; a fitness chain with trans-inclusive policies wins in court; and 50 years ago, interracial marriage bans were declared illegal.
For years, federal courts have refused to expand Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination to include sexual orientation, instead relying on discrimination on the basis of gender stereotyping to sometimes rule in favor of LGBTQ plaintiffs.
Ohio's top lawyer says that Big Pharma helped fuel the opioid epidemic. A Michigan farmer wants the right to sell his fruit and discriminate against same-sex couples. And progressives are trying hard to keep Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court, in a unanimous and unsigned opinion, affirmed the lower court's determination that the redistricting was an illegal gerrymander, but it vacated the lower court’s order mandating a special election.
Despite the fact that dilation and evacuaton procedures are overwhelmingly safe, anti-choice lawmakers and activists have launched a legislative and propaganda campaign against what they have named “dismemberment abortions.”
“This policy does nothing to protect the privacy rights of each individual student vis-à-vis students who share similar anatomy, and it ignores the practical reality of how Ash, a transgender boy, uses the bathroom: by entering a stall and closing the door,” Judge Ann Claire Williams wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel.
The nation's highest court has signaled it will rule on Ohio's purges of its voter rolls, not too long after it issued an important decision that could influence how race and political party affect gerrymandering cases.
The injunction from Judge William Orrick blocks the Center for Medical Progress and David Daleiden from publishing or disclosing “any video, audio, photographic, or other recordings taken, or any confidential information learned at any NAF annual meetings.”
A Massachusetts school's policy that prohibits "distracting" styles has been used to punish Black students for their braids. Students of color were reportedly singled out for hair inspections—though white students with similar styles weren't grilled.
The White House is teeming with white nationalists, the commander-in-chief rose to fame on TV and birther claims about the first Black president, and a not-quite "Apprentice" is advising the administration on your schools.
Republicans keep trying to rest on their party's racial laurels from the late 19th century, when the GOP was the party of Black Americans. But today's conservatives can't claim that history or to be the saviors of Black folks.
The Ninth Circuit Court chooses a history of inequitable pay over gender fairness. Elsewhere, a woman sues her employer for firing her because she wouldn't distribute Christian literature, and an Amish community says it has a religious right to go without a home sewage system.
Weeks after Gov. Robert Bentley resigned due to his relationship with aide Rebekah Mason, Mason's name has resurfaced in an investigation that alleges she masterminded DMV closings that would have disenfranchised Black voters.
“The Trump administration may want to use the fake repeal of HB 2 as an excuse to further turn their backs on the transgender community, but the rest of us aren’t going to give up that easily,” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT Project.
Appeals courts differ over what law to apply when considering cases about sex discrimination at educational institutions. And various groups say the First Amendment gives them the right to access government data.
In other news, a federal court found that a religious university discriminated against a single, pregnant worker who refused to either marry or stop living with her partner, and the Hawaii judge who struck down the Muslim ban is now under 24-hour protection due to threats.
In other news, the Southern Poverty Law Center wins a victory against a modern debtors' prison in Alabama, and it intends to investigate if anti-LGBTQ groups are influencing Trump administration policies.
President Donald Trump’s promises of "law and order," combined with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ability to sanction any action Trump takes with respect to his promise to “make America great again,” does not bode well for Black people in this country.
As Office of Government Ethics Director Walter M. Shaub Jr. pointed out in his letter, Conway’s conduct is virtually identical to a hypothetical that the agency offers on its website as an example of what not to do.
After President Trump's executive order on immigration created pandemonium in airports worldwide, the courts and local law enforcement are racing to keep up. And then there's the matter of whom the next Supreme Court Justice will be.
When the smoke of human kindness with which anti-choice legislators, scientists, organizers, advocates, and allies have cloaked themselves begins to dissipate, all that is left is the rank disdain for women that drives their movement—a movement that is chock full of people who regard the truth as something to be bent to suit their purposes.
“[A]t at time when much of the country is taking more seriously the need for criminal justice reform, the prosecution of Anna Yocca indicates a larger trend in the punishment and incarceration of women in Tennessee,” said Nancy Rosenbloom, NAPW’s director of legal advocacy.
Permitting plaintiff Kimberly Stinnett to pursue civil action on behalf of a six-week-old embryo certainly seems like a dangerous step towards establishing fetal personhood rights that will interfere with a pregnant person’s privacy right.
2016 brought in a ton of reproductive rights victories, plus one significant punt by the U.S. Supreme Court that could help Republicans in their efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And 2017 is looking like another big year.
A challenge to North Carolina's HB 2 is put on hold while court watchers wait to see any moves from the U.S. Supreme Court on another transgender "bathroom bill" case. And in Indiana, conservative groups are taking aim at local ordinances protecting LGBTQ rights. Meanwhile, an Indiana claims a religious right to not play taxes, but doesn't say what his religion is.
Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the guy who is going to be vice president, will head to court on Monday to continue battling public disclosure of a document attached to an email that he received two years ago, thus solidifying the loathsome "email" as this nation's most boring conversation piece.
It's not the first time that Democrats have gone to court alleging that the Republican National Committee has made a practice of intimidating voters. In 1982, Democratic pressure resulted in Republicans agreeing to stop "ballot security" measures used to deter qualified people from voting.
Gavin Grimm's attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union have argued that his school district's bathroom policy is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment and a violation of Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination at schools that receive federal funding.
It is certainly fortuitous that Moira Smith has broken her silence at a time when the country is engaging in a conversation about sexual assault and harassment, rape culture, and holding accused sexual predators and harassers accountable for their behavior.
There was no legitimate reason to cite the landmark 1857 U.S. Supreme Court decision that said Black Americans had no citizen rights. Including the case in a modern-day legal battle is just Kansas officials being terrible in their ongoing quest to deprive women of their autonomy.
Universities may be hotbeds for youth activism, but they're also places where administrators can use their power to shut down sexual assault investigations. And in other on-campus news, wearing blackface gets a pass at a North Dakota school, and a Virginia professor goes on leave after comparing Black Lives Matter to the Klan.
Since discussions of stop-and-frisk are back in the news because Donald Trump insists that the practice is going to save cities like Chicago, we thought we'd give you the answers to some practical questions.
During trial more than 20 years ago, Duane Buck’s own attorney, Jerry Guerinot, inexplicably put a defense expert psychologist on the stand who testified that Buck was more likely to commit future acts of violence because he is Black.
The lawsuit accuses defendants associated with the smear campaign of violating federal and state laws, including the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act and the Federal Wiretap Act. It also accuses them of fraud, conspiracy, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and trespass.
A U.S. appeals court will rehear a Wisconsin case that could put the kibosh on police harassment of people "parking while Black"—or the case could become another flashpoint for tense and potentially fatal interactions between law enforcement and Black people.
Republican legislators in state legislatures that have passed rigid voter ID laws have claimed that such laws are necessary to prevent in-person voter fraud. GOP-led investigations have not turned up evidence of voter fraud.
At a news conference Friday morning, Mayor Roberts said that she believes the video of Scott’s shooting should be released publicly, but that it’s a matter of when. “The question is timing,” she said. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney agreed, refusing to release the recordings to the public. The real question is why.
This renewed call for stop-and-frisk in areas like Chicago, which have been ravaged by poverty and systemic racism, is about: more cops, more racial profiling, and more infringement on constitutional rights.
A Receivership Transition Advisory Board put in charge of Flint's affairs as it transitioned from being under state control then changed the rules so that the city would have to secure permission from the state before it filed a lawsuit against the state.