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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.