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September 2018

Ninth Circuit: Criminally Prosecuting People for Sleeping Outside Violates Eighth Amendment Prohibition on Cruel and Unusual Punishment

By |2018-09-19T00:51:37-07:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: News|

Cooper Brinson, Staff Attorney

On September 4, the Ninth Circuit ruled that “the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment bars a city from prosecuting people criminally for sleeping outside on public property when those people have no home or other shelter to go to.”

The case, Martin v. City […]

CLDC Moves Forward in Lawsuit Challenging Lack of Mental Health Treatment in Jails

By |2018-11-21T16:22:05-07:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases|Tags: , |

Cooper Brinson, Staff Attorney

Back in June, the US District Court for Oregon ruled that a lawsuit, filed by the Civil Liberties Defense Center on behalf of Angelo J. Fricano, should move forward to trial after successfully beating back the defendants attempts to have the case dismissed. The federal civil […]

July 2018

Chicago Report-back

By |2018-07-26T12:02:50-07:00July 26th, 2018|Categories: News|


This past weekend, CLDC staff attorneys Lauren Regan and Cooper Brinson went to Chicago to refine our approaches to police and jail/prison misconduct litigation by attending the National Lawyers Guild’s National Police Accountability Project “Police Misconduct Trials A-Z.” In addition to honing our skills, we met […]

May 2018

August 2017

Solidarity with Charlottesville

By |2017-08-14T13:38:55-07:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , , |

On Saturday, Heather D. Heyer was murdered by a neo-Nazi. 19 others were injured. The Nazi drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, VA during, or just after, a mass neo-Nazi rally. I’m not interested in parsing out the nuances of their ideological nomenclature—white-nationalist, white-separatist, etc. It […]

December 2016

Petition to Allow Out-of-State Attorneys to Represent Water Protectors

By |2017-09-11T13:24:19-07:00December 22nd, 2016|Categories: About, Current Cases, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , |

Today, the CLDC submitted a public comment in support of a petition to the North Dakota Supreme Court that urges the Court to temporarily allow out-of-state attorneys to defend water protectors arrested at Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota. You should too! Follow the instructions on how […]

October 2016

In Standing Rock, The Cops Are Out of Control

By |2018-11-19T16:51:28-07:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: About, Cases, Current Cases, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

The police have demonstrated zeal over the last few months focusing their resources and energies on one goal: ensuring that the Dakota Access Pipeline is built—and built on time.