Articles From Ronald S. Langacker

$5.2 Million Dollar Verdict Awarded in Civil Rights Case By Ronald S. Langacker Human Rights, March 2020 A summary of Wrice v. Byrne, in which the jury awarded awarded $4 million in general damages against the city of Chicago, and $600,000 each in punitive damages against two police officers involved.
Human Rights Section Chair Appointed to Guardianship and Advocacy Commission By Ronald S. Langacker Human Rights, March 2020 Kathryn Eisenhart, past chair of the Human RIghts Section Council, was recently appointed by Governor Pritzker to be a member of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission.  
New Legislation Advances Human Rights in Illinois By Ronald S. Langacker Human Rights, September 2019 During an era where individual human rights are under siege on a national level, the state of Illinois has enacted significant legislation to not only protect existing human rights, but also to enhance them.
ConTextos provides creative outlet for pre-trial detainees By Ronald S. Langacker Human Rights, March 2019 One of the objectives of the human rights movement is to reinforce that every individual deserves protections, while concurrently finding a way to balance the individual’s needs against the needs of a criminal justice system that protects society at large.
Timbs v. Indiana: U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously it’s unconstitutional for states to impose excessive fines By Ronald S. Langacker Human Rights, March 2019 Civil forfeiture clauses are common in many states, which sometimes rely on them as a revenue stream for local police departments. However, this creates an incentive for law enforcement to selectively make arrests based upon the potential funding. Timbs v. Indiana puts an effective end to this practice.
Cases to watch By Ronald S. Langacker Human Rights, December 2018 Nielsen v. Preap challenged the government’s interpretation of a 1996 mandatory detention law requiring that non-citizens be detained for the duration of their deportation proceedings—without a hearing—because they have criminal records.
Recent amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act By Ronald S. Langacker Human Rights, October 2018 An overview of amendments made to the Illinois Human Rights Act, which will help to streamline the charge filing process and provide more avenues through which to seek remedies for discrimination.

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