Wrongful Conviction Round Up: Q2 2015

Around the country, innocent people continue to serve prison sentences for crimes that they did not commit. In fact, last year set the record for the number of people exonerated in the United States. In an earlier blog, we summarized noteworthy wrongful conviction news for the first quarter of 2015. As the second quarter wraps… Read More

Police Shootings Covered-Up

As this country continues to watch horrific police shootings captured on videotape, it has been especially troubling to see efforts by police forces to hide the truth. It seems that if we are ever going to find a way to curb unjustified police shootings in general, and unjustified police violence against black men in particular,… Read More

The Supreme Court’s Excessive Force Standard for Detainees

The Supreme Court came down with a 5-4 decision yesterday, Kingsley v. Hendrickson, granting a new trial to Michael Kingsley, a pretrial detainee who alleged that jail guards used excessive force against him in violation of his right to due process. In so ruling, the Court issued a decision with important implications for all pretrial… Read More

The Barbarism of Solitary Confinement

In a recent Supreme Court case about jury selection procedures, Davis v. Ayala, Justice Kennedy wrote a separate concurrence because he wanted to note that, although the case before the Court had nothing at all to do with prison conditions, it is simply wrong that the prisoner before the Court had spent the vast majority… Read More

For-Profit Immigration Detention Centers

Imagine a prison: where more than half of the people held are infants or children (average age nine); where everyone there is being held for committing a civil violation, not a criminal offense; where almost no one there has access to a lawyer; and where almost everyone is denied bond, not because of posing any… Read More

Loevy & Loevy Wins Summary Judgment in U of I FOIA Case


In January, we wrote about Professor Steven Salaita’s fight for academic freedom. He was fired from a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza last year. Loevy & Loevy partnered with the Center for Constitutional Rights to file the federal civil rights lawsuit on Salaita’s behalf. Loevy & Loevy… Read More

SEC Announces $2.8 Million Settlement in Recent Illegal Insider Trading Case

The Securities Exchange Commission announced this morning that Swiss trader, Helmut Anscheringer, agreed to settle the illegal trading charges for more than $2.8 million. The SEC investigation revealed that Mr. Anscheringer profited over $1.8 million from insider information regarding the Florida-based fingerprint sensor technology company, AuthenTec.  In 2012, Mr. Anscheringer learned from a longtime friend related to an… Read More

Do You Trust The Police?

With all of the recent videos of unjustified police shootings and irrational use of excessive force, you would think that the entire nation would be deeply troubled by the police misconduct incidents and that everyone’s perception of police officers would be deteriorating. But that’s not the case in all communities. Take Ferguson: after the Michael… Read More

Police Shootings: the Early Warning Signs

As this nation is repeatedly confronted with horrifying instances of police shootings and police excessive force, it is important to consider the commonalities and patterns among the incidents so that we can strive to find a way to stop this unjustified violence. One detail that the media seems to frequently gloss over is the offending… Read More