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November 05, 2018

A Virginia-based nonprofit that provides legal services in defense of civil liberties named the city of Muskogee and five current or former police officers in a federal lawsuit alleging excessive force and deprivation of rights. Lawyers for The Rutherford Institute filed the complaint on behalf of Jeriel Edwards, whom they allege was subjected to "excessive force and brutality" despite his compliance with police. Lawyers representing Edwards allege police threw their client to the ground, used a Taser and chokehold to subdue him, rendering him unconscious to the point of requiring hospitalization.

November 05, 2018

A device specifically designed to break into iPhones and Apple operating systems and allow access to encrypted files has been approved for purchase by the Charlottesville Police Department.City Police Purchase Equipment to Crack Locked iPhones

November 01, 2018

Access to the monthly magazine Prison Legal News (PLN) is one of the few ways prisoners learn about criminal justice issues, including their rights as prisoners. Most incarcerated individuals across America have access to the publication. The exception? Every prisoner in Florida.

September 10, 2018

Civil rights groups are asking an appeals court to reinstate a case alleging Transportation Security Administration agents “frisked, handcuffed, arrested and detained” a woman for 18 hours for criticizing some agents. The Rutherford Institute says it and other groups have filed an appeal with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the case of Nadine Pellegrino.

August 14, 2018

Officials at a California high school have admitted they were wrong to reprimand two students for wearing NRA t-shirts. One girl at Lodi High School was kicked out of her history class for wearing the t-shirt. She and another girl, also wearing an NRA shirt, were then lectured by the teacher who told them guns are bad. John Whitehead, a civil liberties attorney who leads The Rutherford Institute, says he applauds the girls for refusing to remove their shirts.

August 14, 2018

The Rutherford Institute is considering representing an Albemarle County man that was arrested for purchasing and bringing prohibited items within Charlottesville’s downtown restricted zone.

July 03, 2018

VIDEO: NSA spying, TSA groping, police shooting first and asking questions later. As the grip of the police state gets ever tighter, how can we resist? Is there any hope of rolling it back? Rutherford Institute founder John Whitehead joins today's Liberty Report.

May 21, 2018

A Virginia nonprofit sued the National Forest Service on Wednesday for denying medical attention, food and water to a Mountain Valley pipeline protester. The Rutherford Institute filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, saying Forest Service agents violated Dr. Greg Gelburd’s rights to examine a 28-year-old protester who had been sitting on a 45-foot pole on the proposed path for the Mountain Valley pipeline. 

May 21, 2018

A doctor has sued the U.S. Forest Service for refusing him permission to treat a woman named Nutty. The action has been filed by the Rutherford Institute on behalf of Dr. Greg Gelburd, who contends he has a faith obligation to help a woman who has been protesting a proposed pipeline project by “tree sitting.”

May 21, 2018

A Virginia-based organization is suing the Forest Service after officials denied an anti-pipeline protester medical access. The lawsuit contends that officials violated both the religious and First Amendment rights of one of the doctors attempting to treat a woman who has been living in a tree in order to block construction of the Mountain Valley pipeline.

March 29, 2018

A group defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white supremacist organization has agreed to never return to Charlottesville, but with certain stipulations.

March 26, 2018

This past Tuesday in Charlottesville, the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group headed by John Whitehead, hosted an informal round table for local journalists. Covering the event for Bearing Drift, I asked a question — “How can we maintain a culture of civil discourse in an era of political tribalism? — that resulted in a six-minute reply from Whitehead and Nadine Strossen, now a professor at New York Law School and the former president of the American Civil Liberties Union.