Updated - November 19, 2020

Protesters in Support of Black Lives, et al. v. City of Chicago, et al.

Rights of Protesters
60 people—including members of Black Lives Matter – Chicago, #LetUsBreathe Collective, GoodKids MadCity, and Brighton Park Neighborhood Council—join together to file an unprecedented lawsuit seeking justice after they were viciously attacked by Chicago Police Officers at the historic protests against racist police violence this summer. Many of the protesters suffered concussions or broken bones after...

Filed - November 19, 2020

Updated - November 12, 2020

Gasca v. Precythe

In Missouri, the Parole Board is running an assembly-line parole process that pushes people back into our prisons without any real legal protections. In many instances, alleged parole violators are tricked or pressured into waiving their right to a hearing and being returned to prison without any process at all.

Filed - October 12, 2017

Updated - November 2, 2020

SEIU v. DeJoy

Voting Rights
In the midst of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, voting by mail is the safest option for many voters, especially elderly and medically-vulnerable individuals. As healthcare workers continue to serve on the front lines of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of 1199SEIU are especially reliant on their ability to cast ballots by mail. In...

Filed - October 6, 2020

Updated - October 28, 2020

Postawko v. Missouri Department of Corrections

Health and Safety
The MacArthur Justice Center and the ACLU of Missouri jointly a federal class action lawsuit challenging the Missouri Department of Corrections' (MDOC) systematic denial of potential life-saving medication to inmates with chronic Hepatitis C (HCV).

Filed - December 15, 2016

Updated - October 26, 2020

Swenson et al. v. Wisconsin Elections Commission

Voting Rights
A coalition of Wisconsin voters and organizations that work to mobilize Wisconsin voters sued state election officials for violating federal laws that protect the right to vote. The suit asks the court to remedy Wisconsin’s failure to implement measures to ensure that all Wisconsin voters will be able to freely and safely participate in the...

Filed - May 18, 2020

Updated - October 15, 2020

Taylor v. Wagner et al.

Rights of Protesters
On June 1, 2020, Theresa Taylor was participating in a peaceful protest on issues of police brutality and racial injustice when she was unlawfully arrested, charged, and, upon being released from jail, given a verbal banishment order. The banishment order prohibits her from returning to the area, the Country Club Plaza (known as the Plaza),...

Filed - October 15, 2020

Updated - September 29, 2020

Spoon v. Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC et al.

Rights of Protesters
Three water protectors have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in response to their false arrests during protests of the construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in St. Martin’s Parish, Louisiana in August 2018. Cynthia Spoon, Sophia Cook-Phillips, and Eric Moll were traveling in a canoe and kayak on the waters of Bayou Bee to...

Filed - August 9, 2019

Updated - September 25, 2020

Jimerson v. Ford et al.

Wrongful Convictions
A corrupt, bad faith, reckless investigation kept Tina Jimerson behind bars for 27 years for a crime she did not commit. In 1991, Ms. Jimerson was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder as a supposed accomplice in the murder of Myrtle Holmes, an elderly white woman, in the City of Fordyce on the night of September...

Filed - September 25, 2020

Updated - September 18, 2020

Brown v. Precythe

The MacArthur Justice Center is pursuing a federal class action challenging the Missouri Parole Board’s demonstrated abuse of power, disregard for due process and failure to comply with state and federal law when it comes to youthful offenders previously given mandatory life without parole sentences.

Filed - October 31, 2017

Updated - September 18, 2020

Kevin Bradshaw (Brown v. Precythe)

Today, the US is the only country that allows juvenile life without parole sentences. Despite evi­dence that juveniles who commit crimes are unlike­ly to reof­fend, some states like Missouri, still have many sitting behind bars and con­tin­ue to give juvenile life without parole sen­tences.