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October 19, 2016
Campaign Trail: Spy Center Backs off Trump Sign Ban

Mike Sienda already felt aggrieved when his boss at the National Ground Intelligence Center’s Rivanna Station told him in early September to not show up on grounds with his giant Trump-Pence signs on the side of his box truck. When he was told he couldn’t park on the federal property with a smaller Trump 2016: Make America Great Again sign in the back window of his Jeep, Sienda contacted the Rutherford Institute, a local civil rights org. And within two days of its attorneys writing NGIC October 12, he was told, uh, never mind, the smaller sign is just fine.

October 19, 2016
Gov't Silences Pro-Trump Worker, but Not for Long

A prominent conservative organization has discovered another instance of the weakening of First Amendment rights that has recently taken place in America, and its attorneys are now taking action steps to remedy the problem before certain freedoms become a thing of the past.

October 13, 2016
Former Attorney for Clinton Acccuser Paula Jones Weighs In

John W. Whitehead, an attorney who represented Paula Jones in a sexual harassment suit against former President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s, says he's not happy the decades-old accusations are taking center stage in the current presidential election cycle.

October 13, 2016
School Officials Psyched Out Over G-Word

A New Jersey high school student was suspended and told he would have to undergo a psychological evaluation after he handed in an anti-gun-control project.

October 03, 2016
Trademark Protection Case Could Impact Redskins Name

The United States Supreme Court will take up a trademark protection case that The Rutherford Institute says could impact the Washington Redskins.

September 02, 2016
U.Va. Limits Protests During Finals Weekend, Raises Free Speech Concerns

Local civil liberties organization says parts of policy "pose a threat to basic First Amendment freedoms"

August 15, 2016
Authorities Wield 'Noise Ordinance' to Silence Pro-Life Speech

A fight has erupted in Oklahoma over a noise ordinance being used by authorities to target a pro-life activist who is scheduled for trial in October on a charge of making too much.

July 14, 2016
Metro gets $50,000 legal bill after musician successfully sues to play near stations

To Metro’s list of woes, add another: A court ruled Monday that the agency must pay more than $50,000 in attorneys’ fees to counsel for a musician who successfully sued for the right to play near Orange Line stations.

July 11, 2016
VIDEO: John Whitehead on the Coy Barefoot Program

Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot talks with civil liberties attorney and award-winning author John Whitehead, the founder and CEO of the Rutherford Institute.

June 27, 2016
Legal Expert Weighs in on Constitutionality of Proposed Gun Law

Attorney John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, says placing individuals on the "no fly list" or barring them from buying a weapon before going through the full legal process violates that constitutional right.

June 22, 2016
Checking out Police Checkpoints

John Whitehead, attorney and founder of the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports civil rights, says these stops are constitutional.

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.

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