One of the law professors named to an advisory council in connection with the independent federal monitor of the police department's stop and frisk strategy says she laughed out loud when she saw today's New York Post story which dubbed the panel a bunch of "clowns."
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has served the city for 11 years. Mayor Bloomberg is in the final year of his third term. Next week, the legacies of both men will be tested in a major trial starting Monday over the city's stop and frisk campaign. The case is a class action lawsuit filed in 2008 calle ... More >>
The New York City Department of Social Services launched a new campaign last week, filling bus stops and subways across the five boroughs with a torrent of anti-teen pregnancy propaganda. One subway poster reads," I'm twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen." Another ... More >>
It sounded like a panel of Federal Appeals Court judges drilled lawyers with a barrage of questions yesterday during a hearing of oral arguments in the high-profile lawsuit against the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Of course, that's a bit tough to confirm c ... More >>
Quietly, after more than ten years of contentious lawsuits, Bikram Choudhury's copyright on the specific sequence of Bikram yoga has been overruled by the federal court. For the past year Bikram and his lawyers, the media, and the yoga community, have been focused on the legal warfare involving Greg ... More >>
When the debt activism group Strike Debt began planning its Rolling Jubilee, the goal was relatively modest: They would raise $50,000, use it to buy distressed medical debt on secondary debt markets, and then, rather than hounding the debtors like the collection agencies that buy most of this sort o ... More >>
UPDATE: According to the New York Times, the Supreme Court agreed this afternoon to decide on the constitutionality of the Proposition 8 appeal and the Defense of Marriage Act.It is, arguably, the most significant social battle in America's courts since Roe v. Wade or even Brown v. the Board of Educ ... More >>
Disgraced Staten Island cop Michael Daragjati, 32, was sentenced to 57 months in prison on Friday, after a sentencing hearing filled with so much racist doublespeak that it would make any decent human being cringe. Daragjati was charged after being caught on a FBI wiretap bragging about how he had ... More >>
An historic coalition of traditional race-oriented civil rights organizations, labor unions, and LGBT groups met yesterday at the Stonewall Inn to endorse the upcoming SIlent March to End Stop and Frisk on Father's Day, June 17. The "press conference" featured an impressive roster of speakers -- inc ... More >>
Not too long ago, there was talk that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America might sue Google, claiming that the web behemoth has used its search engine service to shape the online music market in a way trade groups do not like. T ... More >>
Yesterday we reported that Chelsea Elliott, who along with Kaylee Dedrick was pepper-sprayed while protesting with Occupy Wall Street at Union Square on Saturday, September 24, had obtained legal counsel and would be pressing charges against Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, the NYPD officer identi ... More >>
The Justice Department says it's going to probe misconduct and poor internal oversight in the 1,300-member Newark Police Department. The announcement came just a week after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he had selected Newark Police Chief Garry McCarthy, the former NYPD Deputy Commiss ... More >>
For journalists, it's worth wondering what kind of document request Gawker reporter John Cook used to figure out that Arianna Huffington and her recently really rich website The Huffington Post successfully trademarked two variations on the capital letter "H." Maybe Cook just got a wacky tip ... More >>
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was challenged on the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy in a recent meeting with Brooklyn politicians, the Voice has learned. In a meeting described as "somewhat tense," Kelly told a group of elected officials that the department is using stop and frisks--which have ... More >>
Thank God for Rush Limbaugh. So long as he's calling George Steinbrenner a "cracker" who "made a lot of African-Americans millionaires," there's still a white guy with power in America that Al Sharpton is free to attack. So yesterday, "Silent Al" found his voice and called Rush "repugnant." ... More >>
In the wake of the Voice's 'NYPD Tapes' series, the commanding officer of Brooklyn's 81st Precinct has been reassigned to the Bronx. Deputy Inspector Steven Mauriello, who was heard repeatedly haranguing his cops to hit quotas and sweep people off corners, has been moved to the Bronx transit ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 7, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 16 Scientific Revolution is Liberty's Greatest Danger Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas took almost all of American society to task, in a speech at New York University last week, for allowing the civil ... More >>
This had to happen! The Universal Free Church is calling for a national petition drive to allow gay marriage and to ban Mormon marriage! (That should even things out. Otherwise, the chapels will be way overbooked.) Like so many people out there, they feel the Mormons have a right to say whatever the ... More >>
Goat Island gives its final performance
A funny thing happened on the way to monarchy: a rare Supreme Court take-back
A crime against gender is a crime against freedom
Marc Ecko wins suit; will throw NYC graffiti block party tomorrow
With Republicans in power, equal protection under the laws will continue to diminish
Prosecutors backing off on hate crime charge in beating of Queens Satanist
At the national labor relations board, the president's appointees change the rules
A conservative libertarian targets Ashcroft and Mueller for violating First Amendment
Protesting at the GOP convention? Legal observers have your back.
The spread of racial profiling since 9-11
Capture of Saddam Doesn't Mean the Capture of Iraq
A Democratic Party Victory as the Dream
Title IX Was Always About More Than Sports. So Is the Fight.
His 1963 March on Washington 'Woke Up America'
A Case Vital to Future Americans, Too
Charles Schwarz Has the Edge
The Sorry Union History of a Mexican Tech Factory
Sensitivity Above All?
We Could Be Heroes
Founder Decides to Go It Alone
Discrimination Is Sometimes Right
Grandpa Al and Reverend Al in Senate Race Endorsement Flap
When Movie Moguls Wage War to Protect Copyright, the First Amendment Ends Up on the Cutting Room Floor
An Expert Analyzes the Prison Population Boom
The Motion Picture Association Shuts Down Crypto Research
'Diversity Cannot Continue by Crude Racial Categories'