July 3, 2013 |
Four protesters who have wrangled in court with the District since they were arrested during a demonstration more than a decade ago asked a U.S. District judge this week to sanction several city officials for their handling of the case. In their court filing, the protesters allege that the officials, including D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, deliberately withheld or tried to destroy evidence related to the 2002 protest. The filing brought a strong response from the attorney general's office.
June 29, 2013 |
I t's a monumental battle of wills, money and egos. The oil giant Chevron, the third-biggest U.S. company by revenue, has sued Patton Boggs, the nation's premier legal and lobbying firm, for concealing and promoting fraudulent information in a case that was born in the jungles of the Amazon. Chevron has also convinced a New York federal judge to allow it — despite protests from Patton Boggs about attorney-client privilege — to take the extraordinary step of...
June 28, 2013 |
David Cole is a professor of constitutional law and criminal justice at Georgetown University Law Center and a fellow at the Open Society Foundation. The Supreme Court's 5 to 4 decision to strike down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act was undeniably historic, a victory not just for gay rights advocates but for anyone committed to advancing equal rights in America. It was also an anomaly. For all the celebration Wednesday — and who will forget the Gay Men's Chorus...
June 24, 2013 |
She tried. Oh, she tried. Jennifer Gratz skittered onto the corporate career track. But, nah. She fiddled around with a political accountability project, trying to make candidates keep their promises once they got elected. But it didn't really move her. Gratz, 35, kept coming back to the defining spark of her life: her role as the plaintiff in a 2003 Supreme Court case challenging affirmative action in college admissions. It was the ruling in her case — combined with another...
May 24, 2013 |
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the office that Douglas Wilder took in 1986. He became Virginia's first black lieutenant governor that year. He became governor in 1990. Olivia Ferguson wanted to stay at Jackson P. Burley High School, the school she loved, with all her friends. She wanted to graduate and go to college. But her father was the head of the NAACP in Charlottesville in the late 1950s, and her parents wanted her to be a plaintiff in a lawsuit...
May 19, 2013 |
After five years, Arlington-based defense contractor CACI International and four plaintiffs who allege abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq are awaiting a judge's decision that could dismiss the case. U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee is weighing whether a Supreme Court ruling in April and the failure of three plaintiffs to appear in the United States should bring an end to the case . The plaintiffs allege that employees of a CACI unit were part of a group that...