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Kesser v. Cambra

Feb 02, 2005
Should a criminal defendant have the burden of proving that a prosecutor's peremptory challenges to all of the Native American jurors in the jury pool were "predominantly" based on race or is it enough to show that one of the reasons for the challenges was based on racial stereotypes? Read More
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Victory for Students, Parents and Civil Liberties Groups - Company Announces it will End Tracking Pilot Program

Feb 16, 2005
The Sutter-based company InCom announced last night, at a packed special school district meeting, that it would end its pilot program that required students to wear radio frequency identification badges that tracked the student's movements. The company pulled out when parents and civil liberties groups mobilized to end the program. On February 7, the ACLU of Northern California, Electronic Frontie... Read More
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Johnson v. California

Feb 23, 2005
For nearly 25 years, the California Department of Corrections (CDC) held an unwritten policy of segregating prisoners by race for, upon entry to a new facility. However, in February, 2005 the Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, declared this policy was not up to constitutional standards. The CDC implemented this policy in order to curb interracial violence. Upon entry to a new facility each... Read More
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Williams v. State of California

Mar 23, 2005
On May 17, 2000, the ACLU Foundations of California, along with other civil rights organizations, filed a lawsuit against the State of California because of the terrible conditions in many of its public schools. We argued that the State is failing to provide thousands of public school students, particularly those in low income communities and communities of color, with the basic necessities req... Read More
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Tax-Exempt Bonds? Not for Pervasively Religious Schools

Apr 07, 2005
In the Fall of 2002, three Southern California fundamentalist schools needed money to construct new facilities.  The schools discriminate in hiring and admission along religious lines and infuse every class and extracurricular activity with religion. The schools sought tax-exempt bonds from the California Statewide Communities Development Authority.  The government can issue tax-exe... Read More
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California Statewide Communities Developement Authority v. All Persons Interested in the Matter of the Validity of the Purchase Agreement

Apr 07, 2005
The issue in this case is whether the California Constitution allows the government to underwrite part of the cost of a religious school's borrowing money to construct facilities. The government issues tax-exempt bonds to nonprofit organizations, acting as a conduit between the organization and lender, so that the interest on the loan is not taxed. This allows the organization to borrow money at... Read More
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Weber v. Lockyer

Apr 22, 2005
Does compulsory testing and maintenance of DNA from persons who are arrested for felony offenses and persons with past convictions who are no longer supervised by the criminal justice system violate the Fourth Amendment and federal privacy rights? Read More