Section Newsletter Articles on Human Rights
Supreme Court broadens law enforcement investigatory powers
Local Government Law
, March 2009
In an historical decision rendered on January 26, 2009, the United States Supreme Court in Arizona v. Johnson, unanimously upheld the authority of the police to “stop and frisk” a passenger detained pursuant to a valid traffic stop, when the officer reasonably suspects that the person is armed and dangerous but does not suspect criminal activity.
John Yoo and the Problem of Constitutional Evil
, June 2008
Having just excerpted the Yoo memo for Gillman, Graber, and Whittington, American Constitutionalism (forthcoming, 2010), let me suggest that the claims are constitutionally plausible or as plausible as most of what I read when I read legal materials.
Pre-conviction DNA gathering
, June 2008
The FBI has proposed taking tissue samples of all persons arrested by the FBI for submission to the FBI’s DNA database.
Guantánamo in the Supreme Court … Again
, April 2008
Boumediene v. Bush is the latest of the Guantánamo detainee cases to make it to our nation’s highest court, and it will be the third time that the Justices take a metaphorical tour of Guantánamo in order to sort out some fundamental issues concerning our country’s dedication to the rule of law in the age of terror.
Thoughts on the creation of the United Nations Human Rights Council
International and Immigration Law
, May 2006
The U.N. Human Rights Commission had been created with good intentions for protecting and promoting international human rights law, but along the way the countries who were elected to membership on the Commission had terrible human rights records.
, December 2004
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled (The City of Urbana, Appellee, v. Andrew N.B., Appellant.-The City of Champaign, Appellee, v. Montrell D.H., Appellant. ; Docket Nos 95408, 95803; Opinion filed June 24, 2004) that it is a misuse of the contempt power of the court to impose a sentence of incarceration on minor defendants who fail to meet the terms of their court supervision sentences in municipal ordinance violation cases.
Have you joined RISSNET?
, September 2003
If you are presently a member of VGTOF, Capps, TIA, or TIDISDM, you are also a member of RISSNET.
Protecting every Illinois family
, December 2002
Imagine that you are a seven-year-old boy. Your parents rent a summer cottage at a campground for a vacation.
The A, B, and C of an ALJ decision: Gilchrist v. Human Rights Commission, No.1-99-1054, decided March 27, 2000
, July 2000
In Gilchrist v. Human Rights Commission, the First District Appellate Court held, sua sponte, that the Illinois Human Rights Commission (the "Commission") exceeded its statutory authority when it (1) entered an order that allowed an administrative law judge ("ALJ") to issue a written decision on a matter that the ALJ had not personally presided over, and (2) accepted, in its entirety, the "recommended order and decision" of that ALJ.