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  • Civil Rights, Community Groups Welcome NYPD Spying Report

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    This was Judge Robinson’s first public report on NYPD compliance with the revised Handschu Guidelines, negotiated to settle legal claims in Raza v. City of New York and Handschu v. Special Services Division, and limiting surveillance of religious and political activity.

  • Second J20 Trial Ends in Mistrial

    The second trial of Trump Inauguration protesters arrested during an anti-capitalist, anti-fascist march has ended without a single conviction.

  • FBI, Jeff Sessions, Used Misleading Statistics to Drum Up Fear About Encryption

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    Defending Rights and Dissent has joined a coalition of 20 other civil liberties organizations in demanding that the Justice Department Inspector General review how the incorrect figure of 7,800 unlockable devices originally came to be. The coalition of groups is also pushing for an investigation into why Justice Department officials and Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued to cite this statistic even after it was discovered that the FBI had made an error in their calculations.

  • Yet Another Acquittal in Ongoing Prosecution of Trump Inauguration Protesters

    A jury acquitted Seth Cadman of conspiracy to riot, inciting a riot, and several counts of property destruction. The jury deadlocked on the misdemeanor charge of engaging in a riot, causing Judge Knowles to declare a mistrial on that one charge

  • Another Bad Day for J20 Prosecutors, With One Defendant Acquitted, More Charges Dismissed

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    Today, was yet another day of setbacks for the prosecution,as the government dismissed charges against three more J20 defendants. In another J20 trial, a jury acquitted defendant Cathseigh Webber of all charges after less than  two days of deliberations.