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Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official profile], on Saturday signed [press release] a new bill [text] that is meant to protect minorities from racial profiling and excessive use of force by police. The "Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015" was introduced by Assembly Member Shirley Weber [official profile] requires … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Easter District of New York [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a Long Island town's law preventing day laborers from soliciting work on sidewalks is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. In ruling, Judge Denis Hurley stated, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced [press release] plans Tuesday to issue new guidelines significantly limiting the use of racial profiling in policing as an effort to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Frosh stated that police have a very dangerous job, but he hopes … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] and county officials in Phoenix on Wednesday agreed to settle [press release] parts of a discrimination lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office [official website] in 2012. The DOJ filed charges against the Sheriff's Office for discriminatory practices in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] issued a pre-trial order Monday accepting another court's finding of racial profiling by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official profile]. Hearing a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice [official website] (DOJ), US District … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [ official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion PDF] that the Maricopa County Sherrif's Office [official website] and, specifically, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, engaged in practices of racial profiling in conducting traffic stops. The court found that the Sheriff's office was improperly … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Self-defense products company TASER International Inc. [corporate website] on Friday announced that Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will be receiving an order of cameras which will be worn by officers to record their actions in the field. Under the sales agreement, TASER will deliver 700 body cameras, costing an estimated … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Judge David Campbell for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion] Maricopa County officials may not enforce two Arizona identity-theft laws used to convict hundreds of undocumented immigrant workers. The court ordered an immediate halt [LAT report] to the state's enforcement … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Tuesday ordered Maricopa Country sheriff Joe Arpaio [official profile] to undergo the same training as his deputies to assist in the prevention of racial profiling and unlawful detention in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Sep 2014
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, discusses the Department of Defense Excess Property Program—commonly known as the '1033 Program'—under scrutiny for the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and concludes that this will result in stricter delineations concerning military cooperation than ever before... … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU) [advocacy website] said Wednesday that they have uncovered a discriminatory national security program used by the US government to screen immigrants [ACLU materials]. In a lawsuit against the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) [official website] alleging discriminatory practices in … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday approved a bill [S 744, PDF] which would create new pathways to US citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the US. Senators voted 68-32 [roll call vote] to pass the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official website] and his department engaged in unconstitutional racial profiling during the execution of immigration patrols. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] originally … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Maricopa County [official website], Arizona, asked a judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Thursday to dismiss the county from a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] against Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official website; JURIST news archive] for … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has asked the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] to reject the request [JURIST report] by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official website] to dismiss the lawsuit pending against him that claims his office discriminated against Latinos … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official website] asked the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] in a motion on Friday to dismiss the lawsuit pending against him that claims his office discriminated against Latinos and disregarded their constitutional rights. The motion to dismiss … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed suit [complaint, PDF; press release] Thursday against Maricopa County, Arizona, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official websites] alleging discriminatory conduct. The DOJ claims that Arpaio and his department engaged in a pattern or practice of discriminatory … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Apr 2012

JURIST Columnist Kevin Johnson, writing a special edition of the column authored by the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Law, says that despite public concerns over racial profiling, the Supreme Court is focusing on issues of federalism in the case of Arizona v. United States, and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court in the District of Arizona [official website] on Friday denied [order, PDF] motions to dismiss a class action lawsuit [JURIST report] challenging the constitutionality of the controversial Arizona immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive]. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) [official … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] More than 500 international, US, state and local human rights and immigration advocacy organizations sent a letter [text, PDF] to US President Barack Obama Wednesday expressing concern over the use of local law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of federal immigration law. The organizations, which included the Southern Poverty … [read more]

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