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Basic Constitutional Rights in the United States
The U.S. Constitution—especially the Bill of Rights—spells out individuals’ basic civil rights. The Supreme Court has also recognized other fundamental rights that are included in the concept of liberty. ... READ MORE

The Freedoms of the Press and Bloggers
The U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans the right to speak their minds in the media - print, broadcast, and electronic, and social media. Freedom of the press is covered by the First Amendment. It is similar to freedom of speech, but covers two bases. Not only can you speak, but you have the right ... READ MORE

The Right to Gather Has Some Restrictions
Both the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and most state constitutions protect your right to gather with other people for almost any reason: to express your religious views, to protest, even to have a party. But this doesn't mean you can do any of these things without restriction. You have the ... READ MORE

The Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms
Congress ratified the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1791, granting Americans the right to bear arms. Interpreting the Second Amendment in modern times can be confusing. Legislatures are still trying to sort it out. The U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted it to mean that most Americans ... READ MORE

Your Right to Practice Any Religion or None At All
The freedom to choose and practice your own religion without government interference is a fundamental human right. It's a civil right as well, protected by the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment plainly states that the U.S. government can't make religious laws, and that it can't prevent any citizen ... READ MORE

Assault Weapons and Mass Shootings
The year 2012 was a terrible year for mass shootings involving assault weapons. The Sandy Hook elementary school shooting killed 20 young children and six teachers. The Portland Mall shooting left three dead, including the gunman. In the mass shooting at the Aurora movie theater, 12 people were killed ... READ MORE

Can You Use Deadly Force to Defend Yourself?
You hear someone trying to enter you house at night. You are accosted by a threatening stranger on the street. In these frightening situations, are you allowed to use deadly force to protect yourself? It depends on where you live. Laws differ from state to state. What may be considered self-defense in ... READ MORE


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This isn't a civil rights case- it's a nuisance case, at best. First find out if the store is violating any state or local laws by disposing of meat in the way you describe and if so, file complaints. ...Read more

You can file a chapter 7 to avoid liability on a car loan for the vehicle but you should know where the vehicle is if you are the only owner.  You might consider contacting the police to report i ...Read more

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Texas Legislative News: Judge Rejects Voting Law Changes

A federal court judge has shot down changes to Texas voting laws for a second time. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who first ruled against the law in 2014, found that the changes made earlier i ... Read more

Texas Legislative Issues/News: New credit card law pits Texas against merch

During the regular session, the Texas Legislature passed a law allowing merchants to ask to see a photo ID when processing a credit card or debit card transaction and to decline the transaction if the ... Read more

What is Behind the Doctrine of “Guilty Property” in civil forfeiture law?

What is Civil Forfeiture? Imagine you own an automobile that you lend to someone. That person gets pulled over by the police and is suspected of using drugs. The police decide not only to arrest the p ... Read more

Gay employee fired while looking into drug theft accuses Denver Health

Gay employee fired while looking into drug theft accuses Denver Health of discrimination from ... Read more

Congress is Ready to Attack Your Rights: How to Fight Back

What happens when you are injured at work because of a defective machine or equipment?  What happens when you are in your car and another driver, texting on their cell phone, blows through a stop ... Read more

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