On Friday, the Brennan Center filed suit to halt President Trump’s third attempt to institute the “Muslim Ban” promised during his presidential campaign, on behalf of six American Muslim plaintiffs for whom the order has devastating consequences.
The USA Liberty Act’s primary reform is an effort to address the so-called “backdoor search loophole” by requiring U.S. officials to obtain a warrant before accessing the content of Americans’ communications in criminal cases, unless the government’s primary purpose was to obtain foreign intelligence information.
Local voter advocacy groups secured a temporary restraining order preventing the Texas Secretary of State from disclosing voter data, which would have violated state law that protects the privacy of Texans.
Senate Judiciary Committee members reintroduced a criminal justice reform bill which would increase judicial discretion in sentencing, reduce sentences for some nonviolent drug offenders, and expand reentry services for prisoners.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s latest Uniform Crime Report found that the overall crime rate fell for the 15th year in a row in 2016. It also found the national murder rate increased, due in part to upticks in cities like Chicago.