ACLU Sues Texas County over Pay-or-Stay Bail System

Aaron Booth, 36, is in jail in Galveston County, Texas, for felony drug possession. He would be free if he could afford the $20,000 bail. But he can’t, and so in jail he remains. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the law firm Arnold and Porter filed a class-action suit Monday on behalf of Booth and people like him.

Source: ACLU Sues Texas County over Pay-or-Stay Bail System

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Time to End Qualified Immunity? | New York Law Journal

Ilann Margalit Maazel This column often addresses a recent Supreme Court or Second Circuit opinion on significant civil rights issues of the day. Today, though, we consider an important, recent law review article by Prof. William Baude: “Is Qualified Immunity Unlawful?,” 106 Cal.

Source: Time to End Qualified Immunity? | New York Law Journal

Credit Card Company Requirements That Merchants Not Sell Guns to 18-to-20-Year-Olds

Citigroup announced that it will “require new retail sector clients or partners to adhere to …. restrict the sale of firearms for individuals under 21 years of age.” But what if the retailer is in one of the states that generally ban age discrimination in public accommodations , and include 18-to-20-year-olds in that ban?

Source: Credit Card Company Requirements That Merchants Not Sell Guns to 18-to-20-Year-Olds

Coats and Sessions Call for Reauthorization of FISA Title VII Without Sunset

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent a letter to the congressional leadership on Monday calling for a reauthorization of FISA Title VII, including Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.

Source: Coats and Sessions Call for Reauthorization of FISA Title VII Without Sunset

Eugene Volokh Judge Sykes, possible confirmation hearings and sexual-orientation discrimination

[Eugene Volokh] Judge Sykes, possible confirmation hearings and sexual-orientation discrimination

by Eugene Volokh

The Volokh Conspiracy / 2016-12-16 18:22

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Judge Diane Sykes speaks in a discussion during the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington last month. (Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press)

From a U.S. Law Week article that discusses U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Judge Diane Sykes, a rumored short-short-lister for the Supreme Court nomination:

A potential confirmation hearing for Sykes might be easier than it would be for [U.S. Court of Appeals for 11th Circuit Judge William] Pryor, but that doesn’t mean it would be easy.

Sykes could face questioning about her handling of an ongoing gay rights dispute recently argued on rehearing at the Seventh Circuit, Hively v. Ivy Tech Cmty. Coll., No. 15-1720 (7th Cir. en banc, argued 11/30/16).

The dispute centers on whether the ban on sex discrimination in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation………