Three recent stories worth noting from the Texas Civil Rights
Project: First is their lawsuit reported at MySanAntonio.Com in
defense of a Muslim Texan who was allegedly abused in a Bexar
County (San Antonio) jail. According to the July 27 report by
Guillermo Contreras, the lawsuit alleges that "Moeineddin Ghavami, 47,
a U.S. citizen born in Iran . . . was denied medication and was
taunted, beaten and had his beard shaved forcibly in violation of his
religion." The article is archived at the Texas Civil Rights Project.
On July 26, two stories hit the press simultaneously. The Texas
Civil Rights project announced that it filed 15 federal cases across
Texas pertaining to the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act.
This is an annual summer event at TCRP and this year the number of
cases coincides with its 15th anniversary as a Civil Rights watchdog
organization for Texas. See their press release.
And finally, Austin city judge Alfred D. Jenkins tossed out a city ordinance against
roadside panhandling on the grounds that it was a too sweeping
infringement of American rights under the Constitution. As reported by Andrea Ball at the Austin American-Statesman:
Of the 79 tickets issued between January 2003 and November 2004, 56, or
71 percent, went to homeless people, said Sapna Aiyer, a law clerk with
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid who argued the case for [the homeless
defendant John] Curran.
Way to go legal aid!–gm
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