The Fire Department of New York has a discrimination problem: In a city where, in 2002, 25 percent of the population was black and 27 percent was Hispanic, the fire department was 2.6 percent black and 3.7 percent Hispanic. Other city agencies don't have this problem, and neither do fire departments ... 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 >>
Unlike some states (we're looking in your direction, Arizona), in New York it takes a little more than a trigger finger to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun -- under state law, a person needs to have "proper cause" to carry a concealed firearm."Proper cause" is defined as "a special need for ... More >>
Edith Windsor, the octogenarian lesbian widow who successfully sued the federal government for over chariging her $363,000 in estate taxes, wants to take her case to the Supreme Court. According to a press release from the New York Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Windsor along with the ... More >>
It's not the job of the City of New York to force tobacco retailers to display disgusting images in their stores depicting some of the more repulsive health consequences of smoking in an attempt to scare the shit out of smokers, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled today.
A New York court has just reversed a legal order requiring that the state provide individualized housing for thousands of mentally ill people. The Associated Press indicates that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan's move could impact other states' court decisions on psychiatric il ... More >>
A New York federal court dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of organic farmers, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, against the agricultural company Monsanto on Monday.
Thank God! That's what Pastor Sal Sabino did today when he heard the news that he and other churches may be able to worship in schools this Sunday after all. The drama around religious groups renting public school space reached new heights today when a federal judge decided to block the city Dep ... More >>
It's turning out to be a very, very gay week for marriage. After the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California's Prop 8 is unconstitutional, the House of Representatives of the State of Washington just passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage equality, 55 yay to 43 nay. Governor C ... More >>
We admit it. We're very interested in the goings on with same-sex marriage across the nation, but we're not attorneys here at The Village Voice. Fortunately for us, our friend Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly is (or used to be, before he gave it all up for the far better paying field of journalism). We ... More >>
Sam LevinProtestors earlier this month speaking out against Bloomberg's plan to ban religious institutions from public schoolsThey're back! And a bit louder this time. Elected officials and religious leaders rallied yesterday to protest Mayor Mike Bloomberg's ban on religious institutions u ... More >>
The military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy barring gay and lesbian soldiers from serving openly seems to have been dealt a mortal blow yet again. Legally, it was substantially wounded last year when U.S. Judge Virginia Philips issued an injunction and refused to grant a stay during its ap ... More >>
There was a flurry of activity across the United States on gay marriage this week at both the state and federal levels, from the nation's capital all the way to Honolulu. It might be harder to keep it all straight than, say, Ted Haggard on crystal meth or George Rekers with a rent boy. Here's ... More >>
The California Supreme Court made a decision today, kind of, in the ongoing case of Proposition 8, the California ballot proposal that banned gay marriage in 2008. The California Supremes decided that they will decide something in about ten months to a year. There's nothing like justice delayed, ... More >>
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent the Proposition 8 case, Perry v. Schwarzeneger, back to the California Supreme Court. In something that could potentially aid the marriage-equality side, the federal court said the state high court needs to decide if those against gay marriage equality have st ... More >>
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has given the Pentagon permission to continue discharging soldiers under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" the law's constitutionality is appealed, which could take months or even years to determine. In September, U.S. District Judge Virginia Philips had ruled that t ... More >>
Well, that didn't last long. After his strongly worded decision rendering California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker lifted his stay last week, effective this Wednesday. Gay marriages were set to start again at 5 PM PDT tomorrow, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Ap ... More >>
Just in time for Pride Weekend, the Supreme Court has booted thousands of anti-gay activists out of the closet yesterday, who were terrified of being outed as bigots. In an unusual, near unanimous 8 to 1 decision, the court ruled that people who signed a petition to repeal Washington State's "everyt ... More >>
The New York Times has lost its bid to obtain wiretap information related to former Governor Eliot Spitzer's involvement in the Emperor's Club prostitution ring. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that general journalistic or public interest -- what the Times argued was the basis fo ... More >>
A small but telling legal battle between the Army and a Brooklyn doctor whose anti-war "epiphany" led him to petition for conscientious objector status ended yesterday when a federal appeals court ruled that the doctor can stay home. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals (think: Sotomayor) decided t ... More >>
Back in 2000, Mayor Giuliani (who, people forget, used to be very anti-gun) had the city bring suit against about two dozen gun manufacturers, charging that their negligence caused illegal guns to enter New York and kill people. Bloomberg, who is even more anti-gun, took the suit over from him, and ... More >>
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Photo by ThreeCee via Flickr A handful of Brooklyn property owners and longterm renters who are trying to stop developer Bruce Ratner from using eminent domain to take their property will have what could be their final shot in court on Tuesday. Beloved Dean Street watering hole, Freddy's Bar and B ... More >>
Religious and conservative groups support the 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' banner under fire at the Supreme Court
In Chicago and the Illinois State Legislature, Barack Obama made a differencehe did not just 'hope'
U.S. court rules our government can break international laws to keep us safe
Timeline of an execution, quote by quote
Supreme Court hears appeal of elderly, sick man dunned for student loans
Samuel Alito is president's chance to rally his base with a brawl
Justice O'Connor ruled Bush can't get 'a blank check' but her successor will give him one
The 13-year struggle of targets in a racial dragnet reveals the elusive nature of justice
How the people could win even if the court seems like a lost cause
Court won't let public hear what FBI whistleblower has to say
The spread of racial profiling since 9-11
'Does It Take a Lifetime to Question a Man?'
Javert of Les Misérables Lives!
Have the Critics Read the Whole Decision?
A Dostoyevskian Dilemma, or The Nature of the Beast
The Right-Wing Map to Outlawing Abortion
The Fate of a Six-Year-Old Boy
In 2000 the Media Takes It From All Sides
National Writers Union Wins Landmark Decision for Freelancers. Maybe.