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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Panel Appears Sympathetic to Tribal Bid to Block Sulfide Mine

Seventh Circuit judges pressed the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to explain how the Menominee Tribe could navigate the complex intersection of federal and state law to challenge a mine’s application for a permit allowing runoff into a river that forms the border between Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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