Category Archives: Civil & Human Rights

Arena, WI man wins $35,000 settlement for three-year court battle over FB comment.

ARENA, WI – Thomas G. Smith was awarded a $35,000 settlement after fighting criminal charges stemming from a profanity-laced Facebook comment.  Smith was subjected to a day of pretrial detention plus a ban on using a computer or cell phone … Continue reading

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Heath v. City of Desert Hot Springs, et al. (Complaint)

Andrea Heath was a police officer employed by the City of Desert Hot Springs, CA.  Heath became a whistleblower regarding incidents of police brutality committed by fellow officers.  She left her position as a police officer and eventually committed suicide … Continue reading

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Father playing guitar at park harassed by police.

MARIETTA, GA — June 1, 2013: Kevin Holden, a father, was apparently deemed “too poor” to hang out and play his guitar while watching his son play in a public park located in a pricy area of Marietta, GA. He … Continue reading

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Is Cobb County’s law library breaking the law?

MARIETTA, GA — August 10, 2015 — Cobb County got the bright idea to put its law library in the basement of the State Court building without installing a freely accessible elevator.  In fact, the law library can only be accessed … Continue reading

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The presumption of innocence should continue through appeals.

While the rights to due process, appeals, access to courts, etc. are carried all the way to the top, the presumption of innocence, strangely, is not.  According to appellate court decisions*, the presumption of innocence disappears upon appeal after conviction. … Continue reading

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