Sherrif Joe Arpaio, the self-styled “toughest” sheriff in the country, is going on trial. He had been warned not to detain immigrants just because they lacked legal status. The order came from U.S. District Judge Murray Snow after the deputies had detained several Mexican-American citizens and Mexicans here on lawful visas. Sheriff Joe, the toughest

The state legislature passed a bill last month that allows law enforcement officers to question persons about their citizenship. In Texas, most law enforcement agencies do not question witnesses or persons stopped about their citizenship. The fear is such questions would hinder gathering information about crimes. The new statute would also punish heads of law

Donald Trump and Chef Jose Andres have settled Mr. Trump’s lawsuit. I previously wrote about this lawsuit here and here. Then Candidate Trump sued Chef Andres when he refused to follow through on a commitment to open a restaurant in Mr. Trump’s new hotel in Washington, D.C. Chef Andres, a celbrity in his own

The decision in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado did not receive much attention. But, it should have. In that case, a Mexican immigrant was found guilty of assaulting two teenage girls. After the verdict, a member of the jury reported that another member of the jury said some racist things about Mr. Pena-Rodriguez. The jury was all

A county prosecutor showed up at the local school to listen to a young student read aloud an Old Testament story in his native language. The state had recently passed a law against speaking a language other than English in school. Nebraska passed the Siman Act in 1919 which forbade instruction in a foreign tongue.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants the country to think he is tough. He is tough on prisoners. Unfortunately for Hispanics, he is also tough on Hispanic Americans. I last wrote about Sheriff Arpaio here. He would not refrain from targeting Hispanics in his traffic stops. The federal judge in Phoenix has warned Sheriff Arpaio several

I am not surprised really. A young Iraqi man was booted from a Southwest Airlines flight after he spoke Arabic on his cell phone. He was talking to his uncle and describing an event earlier that week at which the head of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, had appeared. In closing the phone call with

There is much risk when filing a discrimination lawsuit. There is the simple risk that the plaintiff will lose. Most plaintiffs file their lawsuits based on contingency – meaning the lawyer is paid only if there is a recovery of some sort. So, the lawyer incurs the risk of his/her time or money, or both.