Morton County Sheriff, TigerSwan Face Lawsuit For Blocking Water Protectors’ Travel And Assembly During DAPL Construction
A class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock and others, who resided in the area when police shut down Highway 1806 during protests against the Dakota Access pipeline’s construction. On October 24, 2016, Highway 1806 from Fort Rice to Fort Yates was closed.
Court Asked To Dismiss Dakota Access Pipeline Company’s Suit Against Earth First! Because It Is A Movement
Federal court asked to dismiss lawsuit brought by Dakota Access Pipeline corporations against Earth First! because it is a social movement.
Securus And CoreCivic Sued For Providing Attorney-Prisoner Calls To Law Enforcement
Attorneys Adam Crane and David Johnson sued private prison company CoreCivic and the for-profit phone and video visitation service Securus Technologies in federal court for recording and storing confidential communications between pretrial detainees and their attorneys. Crane and Johnson allege [PDF] CoreCivic and Securus made recorded communications available to law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors, which not
Iowa Department Of Education Faces Complaint Over Seclusion Rooms For Special Needs Students
In December 2016, Iowa attorney Mary Richard filed a complaint with the state’s Department of Education opposing the use of seclusion units in schools. The units are located within special education classrooms and used to hold children with autism and other disorders in “time-out.” The seclusion units are generally built of plywood, measuring six by six
Lawsuits Challenge Fort Wayne’s ‘Law And Order’ Policies Used To Push Out City’s Poor
Multiple lawsuits challenge policies in Fort Wayne, which disproportionately impact black and poor residents, during local economic redevelopment.
California Agrees To Restrict Use of Long-Term Solitary Confinement
California has agreed to restrict the use of long-term solitary confinement in a settlement agreement filed in federal court this week. Restrictions are expected to reduce the number of inmates in isolation, cap the number of continuous years an inmate can spend in solitary confinement to five, and establish measures by which inmates can more easily achieve release back to general population.