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Legal News Roundup

Sandra Bland's sister, Sharon Cooper, arrives at her funeral on July 25. Image via NY Times.
Sandra Bland’s sister, Sharon Cooper, arrives at her funeral on July 25. Image via NY Times.

Media outlets continue to raise questions about the death of Sandra Bland, addressing the legality of her arrest and concerns that the dash cam video released by Texas officials was edited. The funeral for Ms. Bland takes place today. [ABC News, CNN, NY Times, ABA Journal]

Ted Olson and David Boies have voiced their support for the Equality Act, which seeks to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to comprehensively protect LGBT people from discrimination. Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU Louise Melling describes the added protections that the historic bill would provide as expanding the CRA to include a “more robust vision of equality.” [Politico, HuffPost]

The Eighth Circuit struck down a North Dakota law that banned abortions once a fetal heartbeat was detected, but urged the Supreme Court to reassess the viability standard. The Center for Reproductive Rights has called the law “the most extreme abortion ban in the U.S.” [ABA Journal, SCOTUS Blog, Center for Reproductive Rights]

The Texas Third Court of Appeals threw out one of the two felony counts against former Governor Rick Perry, finding that the applicable “coercion of a public servant” statute violated the First Amendment. Perry’s abuse of official capacity charge still stands. [Reuters]

The Plight of the Gentile, Or How to Deal with the Effects of Tear Gas

Tochi Onyebuchi

The pain will pass. When running against the wind, be sure to keep calm. Don’t touch your face. Do not rinse with water. Use Coca-Cola or milk instead to end the burning. If you are close enough to the police, they cannot use the tear gas on you. And in the event that you are without a gas mask, you can wrap a t-shirt around your nose and mouth and protect your eyes with goggles or something similar. The oblong teargas canisters are small enough that they can be hurled back at the shooter before too much gas is expelled. To properly douse them, be sure to arm yourself with a Poland Springs jug half-filled with water, and the canister that lands beside you, toss it inside, stand on the opening and wave away the remaining fumes as the device is extinguished. If there is fire nearby, toss the canister in the fire, and that too will neutralize it.

This was the advice given to protestors in Ferguson, Missouri in the conflagration that followed the August 2014 murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.

It was given to them over Twitter. By Palestinians. Continue reading The Plight of the Gentile, Or How to Deal with the Effects of Tear Gas