In 2013, Chicago police officer Ronald Watts pled guilty to demanding protection payoffs for years from drug dealers in the Ida B. Wells public housing complex. Watts is currently serving time in federal prison. Watts’ conduct was called a “betrayal” and “unconscionable” by the judge who sentenced him. Despite the deplorable nature of Watts’ conduct,… Read More
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A federal court in Vermont recently found that a local school board in Vermont violated the right to free speech under the First Amendment and to due process under the Fourteenth Amendment by banning a parent from attending local school board meetings for two years. The parties then reached a settlement of nearly $150,000. Unfortunately,… Read More
Under FOIA, if your request is denied, you have the right to seek review by the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor or to file a lawsuit to enforce your rights. While the PAC can be a useful way to get your records, there are a few issues to keep in mind. First, there is a growing… Read More