Press Has First Amendment Right to See New Court Complaints on Day of Filing

Over four days of trial earlier this month, Virginia court clerks used public funds and private attorneys to fight tooth and nail against public access. They wound up with a thumping defeat last week, as a federal judge’s opinion affirmed the First Amendment right to see new court complaints on the day they are filed.

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Immigrant’s Arrest

A federal court in New York ruled that a Mexican immigrant may pursue his false arrest and Equal Protection claims against police officers who arrested him during a traffic stop. The immigrant was a passenger in the stopped vehicle, and at the time of the arrest, none of the officers had any evidence of the plaintiff’s immigration status, they only knew that he primarily spoke Spanish and “appeared Hispanic.”

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