Seventh Circuit Says Hands Are Tied in Tribe’s Fight With EPA Over Mine

A Seventh Circuit panel ruled Monday that federal law offers no recourse for a Wisconsin tribe challenging a permit which would allow runoff from a Michigan sulfide mine into a river on the border between Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, leaving the tribe to fight administratively in Michigan.

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Death in Police Custody

Police officers in an excessive force case brought by the family of Terrell Day, who died from restricted breathing while in custody, are entitled to immunity, the Seventh Circuit ruled, finding that the handcuffs were used “in a manner that would not have harmed an average arrestee” and the officers did not know they were causing the man’s breathing trouble.

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Free Speech

A National Guard member – who was cut from the Volunteers in Service to America Program after her supervisor discovered she was the author of a book about her time as a phone-sex operator – cannot pursue her case against any federal defendant, the Seventh Circuit ruled. The woman may sue her supervisor individually for violations of her First Amendment rights.  

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