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May 19, 2016
Arrest of Disabled Man Points to Need for Careful Police Work

A Virginia man has an opportunity to prove he was wronged by police even after a lower court dismissed his case.

May 19, 2016
SCOTUS confirms its ‘safe space’

Supreme Court justices need a “safe space” from which to hand down their high and mighty rulings that neuter the Constitution and destroy the rule of law. The 1st Amendment isn’t worth the paper it’s written on because “great legal minds” may be swayed by the pitchfork-wielding town rabble.

May 12, 2016
Court Allows Advancement of Lawsuit Against Waynesboro Police Officers

Attorneys are gearing up to once again defend a Waynesboro man who they say was stripped of his civil rights.

May 12, 2016
Claims Against Cops Who Stuffed Man in Mental Hospital Advance

A federal appeals court has reinstated a constitutional violations damage lawsuit against several police officers who handcuffed a Waynesboro, Virginia, man and locked him up in a mental health facility for nearly week for having a chronic disease similar to multiple sclerosis.

May 06, 2016
Rights Group Sues TSA Over 'Naked' Scanners

A Charlottesville-based civil rights organization is suing the Transportation Security Administration to stop airport body scanners for invading privacy and threatening human health.

May 06, 2016
CEI Sues over TSA's Body Scanners

Today, CEI, The Rutherford Institute, CEI Vice President Iain Murray, and yours truly filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) final rule on body scanners, which was published in March.

May 03, 2016
TSA Body Scanners Scare People Into Less-Safe Cars – Lawsuit

TSA body scanners make people less safe, according to a new lawsuit, but the two non-profit groups behind the claim aren’t concerned with fliers as much as they are the people the TSA scares away from safer skies onto riskier highways.

April 27, 2016
Legal Action on Horizon After Police 'Raid'

A Virginia man has been given the go-ahead to pursue action against the Charlottesville Police Department after being subjected to what an attorney describes as "a SWAT team raid."

April 22, 2016
Free Speech Fight Gets Personal for Supremes

Supreme Court opinions are replete with references to “parties,” “plaintiffs” and “defendants.” In criminal cases, it’s the “prosecution” and “defense.” But now a whole new terminology may be needed. That’s because they are being asked to overturn a “cordon of silence” they have established on their own front porch that protects them from speech they might find offensive, possibly in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

April 20, 2016
Welfare Check: Burruss Lawsuit Against Albemarle Police Moves Forward

Does an employer’s request for a welfare check on a man who has a gun but has made no threats to harm himself or others warrant holding him for two hours? That’s what a judge will determine in Benjamin Burruss’ lawsuit against five Albemarle police officers and the county for unlawful seizure, false imprisonment and battery when the officers made a welfare check on Burruss November 21, 2013.

April 15, 2016
Judge Agrees: No Sharing of Faith in Public

A constitutional law expert believes a New Jersey case indicates the erosion of free-speech rights in America.

March 31, 2016
Rutherford Institute Concerned Over FBI Bypassing Apple

The announcement that the FBI bypassed Apple to crack open a terrorist's IPhone is sparking new fears about privacy. Apple refused to hand over the data to the FBI in order to protect user privacy. Charlottesville's Rutherford Institute, which concentrates on civil liberties, is weighing in with its concerns.

March 29, 2016
Rutherford Defends 'John 3:16' Sign Holder

An incident happened in July 2014 at Willie Mays Plaza in front of the Giants ballpark, when Gino Emmerich displayed the religious sign at a Giants-Dodgers game. Rutherford Institute founder John Whitehead picks up the story from there, explaining that Emmerich displayed his sign, along with other sports-themed signs, during an ESPN broadcast.

March 23, 2016
Judgment Day for John 3:16 at World Series

Standing outside a baseball stadium with a sign that says “John 3:16” is not exactly a revolutionary act, but in today’s America it can get you in troub...

March 14, 2016
Controversy Over New Council Rules Continues

The Charlottesville City Council continues to face criticism for its new meeting procedures, which were used for the first time Monday. While nearly all of the recent barbs against the council’s decision have been leveled by constituents, the Rutherford Institute, an Albemarle County-based nonprofit that advocates for civil liberties, waded into the debate this week, calling for the procedures to be changed.

March 11, 2016
Rutherford Institute Concerned about Revisions to Cville City Council Meetings

Constitutional lawyer John Whitehead is worried the revisions made to Charlottesville City Council meetings infringe on public comments and that this could turn people away.

December 07, 2015
[VIDEO] John W. Whitehead Joins Jesse Ventura to Discuss the 35th Anniversary of John Lennon's Assassination

Almost 35 years ago today, John Lennon was assassinated. And we still haven't taken his advice. Isn't it time we give peace a chance? Today on #OffTheGrid, Jesse Ventura discusses how the Beatle inspires constitutional attorney and Rutherford Institute founder, John W. Whitehead, to fight for his own revolution in this country. Do you think it's time for a revolution? 

December 03, 2015
SWAT PTSD: Albemarle Police Sued for False Imprisonment

How many cops does it take to check on a man when his employer is concerned that he hasn’t shown up for work? At least a dozen, by Benjamin Marshall Burruss’...

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