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The Supreme Court will hear CCR's case Al Odah v. U.S. this term.

Between current and past cases we have approximately 150 case descriptions available here. This list can be ordered by date or name, and filtered by the issues to which they relate.

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  1. Sanchez v. Reagan

    Sanchez v. Reagan is a 1984 case which challenged U.S. officials’ support for murder, rape, and other torture in Nicaragua.

  2. Seeds of Peace v City of Pittsburgh (G20 Protests)

    This case, Seeds of Peace v. City of Pittsburgh, USDC W.D. PA, was filed on behalf of activists harassed by the police in the days before the G20 summit in Pittsburgh. It is related to the Codepink Pittsburgh Women for…

  3. Shenandoah, et al. v. Halbritter

    Shenandoah, et al. v. Halbritter is a civil rights case that was filed on behalf of the Oneida Nation of New York against the U.S. Department of the Interior, charging that the government violated the…

  4. SNAP v. the Pope, et al

      Ongoing revelations of pervasive and serious sexual violence against children and vulnerable adults by priests and others associated with the Catholic Church in different parts of the world  have demonstrated that the crisis is not one of isolated random sexual…

  5. Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain (amicus)

    Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain is a lawsuit that charged Francisco Sosa with wrongfully detaining Dr. Humberto Alvarez-Machain. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Dr. Alvarez-Machain.

  6. Soto v. Romero-Barcelo (1983)

    Soto v. Romero-Barcelo was a case which brought suit to uncover FBI involvement in the killing of young pro-independence activists at Cerro Maravilla, Puerto Rico. The case led to substantial awards to plaintiffs and televised…

  7. Soubirous v. Riverside (amicus)

    In February, 2004, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) joined an amicus brief in Soubirous v. Riverside, urging the California court to investigate questions of the integrity of electronic voting in Riverside County, California.

  8. Stamler v. Willis

    Stamler v. Willis is a civil action in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenged the constitutionality of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and the subpoenas it issued.

  9. State of California v. Kevin Olliff

    Kevin Olliff is an animal rights activist who was arrested April 18, 2009 on three year-old protest charges and now faces 10 felony counts. These felonies are multiple counts of: stalking, conspiracy, conspiracy to stalk,…

  10. State of Louisiana v. Wallace (New Orleans First Appearances)

    CCR filed an amicus brief to the Louisiana Supreme Court in State of Lousiana v. Wallace, 200-KK-1621. The amicus was the result of a campaign and survey coordinated by CCR to observe every New Orleans…

  11. State of New York v. Danny White, et al.

    State of New York v. Danny White is a lawsuit challenging New York State’s attempts to evict Mohawk Native Americans from their land and U.S. courts’ jurisdiction over Native American land claims.

  12. State of North Carolina v. Joan Little

    State of North Carolina v. Joan Little is a 1975 case for which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) provided assistance to the defense. Joan Little was a prisoner who killed her white jailer after…

  13. State of Washington v. Wanrow

    State of Washington v. Wanrow is a lawsuit from the 1970’s that defended a woman’s right to self-defense against harm to herself or her child.

  14. StreetWatch v. National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak)

    StreetWatch v. National Railroad Passenger Corp. is a case which charged Amtrak police with illegally ejecting, harassing, and arresting homeless people.

  15. Taylor v. Hayes

    Taylor v. Hayes is a civil case that went up to the Supreme Court in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) contested Kentucky attorney Dan Taylor’s four-and-a half-year jail sentence for contempt of court.

  16. The Nation Magazine v. Department of Defense

    The Nation Magazine v. Department of Defense is a suit that the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) brought against the U.S. government for the press restrictions it enforced during the first Gulf War.

  17. The Nation v. Haig

    The Nation v. Haig was a case which defended the right of Americans to receive Cuban publications.

  18. The Spanish Investigation into U.S. Torture

    Seeking a venue in which to hold former high-ranking U.S. officials accountable for their individual roles in directing, implementing or planning the U.S. torture program, victims and human rights advocates filed criminal complaints in Spain…

  19. Thornton v. City of Greenville

    Thornton v. City of Greenville is a lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) against Greenville, Mississippi that contested the discriminatory election districts of the 1980’s.

  20. Torture FOIA: ACLU, CCR, et al. v. Dept. of Defense, et al.

    ACLU, CCR, et al. v. Dept. of Defense, et al. is a suit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights together with the American Civil Liberties Union, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense,…

  21. Tummino, et al. v. von Eschenbach

    CCR represents several feminist activists from the “Morning-After Pill Conspiracy” in a lawsuit to challenge the Food and Drug Administration’s failure to approve the Morning-After Pill (also known as “emergency contraception” or “Plan B”) with…

  22. Turkmen v. Ashcroft

    Turkmen v. Ashcroft is a class action civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of a class of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens who were swept up by the INS and FBI in a racial…

  23. U.S. v. SHAC 7

    United States v. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (“SHAC7”) (amicus) In support of animal rights activists convicted of violating the Animal Enterprise Protection Act (AEPA) for website postings and organizing demonstrations. In October 2007, CCR filed an amicus…

  24. U.S.A. v. Buddenberg

    U.S.A. v. Buddenberg is a federal prosecution of four animal rights activists in California—being referred to as the AETA 4—for conspiracy to commit "animal enterprise terrorism." The four were charged with a course of conduct…

  25. United States of America and Vulcan Society, Inc. v. City of New York

    United States, et al. v City of New York is a federal class action lawsuit originating from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges filed by CCR on behalf of the Vulcan Society and three individual…