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October 13, 2016

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

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

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

August 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

May 19, 2016

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

May 19, 2016

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

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

May 12, 2016

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

March 31, 2016

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.