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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’...

October 14, 2015
[AUDIO] John Whitehead Discusses the U.N. and Smart Cities with Glenn Beck

On October 13, 2015, John W. Whitehead appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio show to discuss Smart Cities, global police and some of The Rutherford Institute’s cases. “John Whitehead does amazing work,” noted Beck at the conclusion of the interview.

October 09, 2015
Patriotic Theme Dropped for 'Uncomfortable' Students

A public school in Wyoming ignored plans for "America Day" during its homecoming week over concerns the name was "uncomfortable" to some students.

September 09, 2015
Cops Mistake Neurological Disorder for Insanity; Kidnap, Strip-Search, and Jail Man for Days

In response to a Fourth Amendment lawsuit filed by attorneys for the Rutherford Institute, government officials insist they had “probable cause” to arrest a 37-year-old disabled man, allegedly because of his slurred speech and unsteady gait.

August 31, 2015
Protesters Have No Free-Speech Rights on Supreme Court's Front Porch

The Supreme Court is designated as the ultimate protector of constitutional rights, but the guarantee of protest and free speech ends on the steps to the plaza in front of the court’s grand marble temple, a unanimous federal appeals court panel ruled Friday.

August 04, 2015
Why the TSA Lawsuit Against Whole Body Imagers Concerns Everyone

The Rutherford Institute has filed a lawsuit against the TSA over its unregulated use of whole body imagers, which have been likened to virtual strip searches, in the nation’s airports. Security experts have described whole body scanners as the equivalent of "a physically invasive strip-search."

July 20, 2015
Rutherford Institute Sues TSA, Arguing Body Scanners Unsafe, Unregulated

The Albemarle County-based Rutherford Institute is suing the Transportation Security Administration for its use of whole-body imaging scanners in U.S. airports, which the nonprofit likens to “virtual strip searches.”

July 20, 2015
TSA Sued Over Lack of Regulations for Body Image Scanners

Calling them “virtual strip searches,” a coalition of civil rights organizations are suing the Transportation Security Agency over body imaging scanners.

June 26, 2015
[VIDEO] John W. Whitehead Joins Ron Paul to Discuss Civil Liberties

June 04, 2015
Battlefield America: A Review

Do you believe that the media always tells you the truth?  Do you believe social media only features what is posted from others on your timeline?  Do you believ...

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