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Stories with subject: Civil rights violations
  • Audio contradicts Walker aide's description of raid 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 11:22 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - A newly unsealed audio recording made by law enforcement officers as they raided the home of a former longtime aide to Gov. Scott Walker contradicts her description of how the search warrant was executed.

  • Maine House speaker sues governor over loss of school job 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 2:56 pm

    PORTLAND, Maine - Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves on Thursday filed a civil rights lawsuit against Republican Gov. Paul LePage for threatening to withhold funds from a school for at-risk youth to get Eves removed from a job, saying it was time for someone to stand up to governor's abuse of power.

  • Pierce County prosecutor, deputy sued in federal court 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 3:20 pm

    SEATTLE - A woman who was charged twice with child sex crimes in Pierce County and twice had those charges dismissed filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the county prosecuting attorney and one of his deputies.

  • Lawyers for 'Whitey' Bulger ask court to overturn conviction story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 12:46 pm

    BOSTON - Lawyers for convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger asked a federal appeals court Monday to grant him a new trial, arguing that his defense was eviscerated when he was barred from testifying about his claim that he received immunity for his crimes.

  • Jury says officers didn't violate man's civil rights 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 5:32 am

    CENTRAL ISLIP, New York - A jury has found that two Long Island police officers didn't violate the civil rights of an unarmed man who died after he was shot three times by one of the officers.

  • Lynch visits Connecticut in stop on community policing tour story has photos
    Updated: Jul-21-15 5:22 pm

    EAST HAVEN, Connecticut - A Connecticut town whose police force had a history of mistreating Latinos has transformed itself into a model for improving relations between police and the community, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday.

  • Nebraska appeals court reverses drunken driving conviction 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 3:08 pm

    OMAHA, Nebraska - A Wisner man's constitutional rights were violated when a police officer stopped him to gather information about someone else's possible criminal activity, then used the stop to convict him of drunken driving, the Nebraska Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

  • Man says officers roughed him up during arrest, breaking leg 
    Updated: Jul-17-15 7:49 am

    KALAMAZOO, Michigan - A man says Kalamazoo police officers roughed him up during a 2014 arrest, breaking his leg and refusing to take him to a hospital for treatment.

  • Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit 
    Updated: Jul-14-15 1:55 pm

    BOSTON - A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses.

  • Can KKK 'adopt a highway'? Appellate court considers matter story has photos
    Updated: Jul-09-15 2:59 pm

    ATLANTA - A Georgia court heard arguments Thursday about whether the state violated a Ku Klux Klan group's constitutional rights by refusing its application to a highway cleanup program and whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision applies in the case.

  • Parents of Texas girl, 17, killed by police sue for $10M 
    Updated: Jul-08-15 1:06 pm

    LONGVIEW, Texas - The parents of a 17-year-old girl fatally shot by police officers in East Texas have filed a $10 million lawsuit alleging a civil rights violation.

  • Chicago group sues 3 suburbs over gun store regulations story has photos
    Updated: Jul-07-15 5:11 pm

    CHICAGO - Two mothers who lost sons to gun violence joined ministers and an activist group Tuesday in an unusual lawsuit against three Chicago suburbs, alleging that weak oversight of gun stores has allowed criminals to easily obtain weapons flowing into a metropolitan area besieged by gang violence.

  • Lawsuit against Mitchell, former mayor headed to trial 
    Updated: Jul-07-15 9:53 am

    MITCHELL, South Dakota - A legal dispute between Mitchell and a man who was in line last year to be the next director of the city's Corn Palace tourist attraction appears headed for trial.