On May 26, 2011, Congress passed a four-year extension of three expiring Patriot Act provisions without making much-needed changes to the overly broad surveillance bill. The extended provisions are set now set to expire on June 1, 2015. Despite bills pending in both the House and the Senate to amend the three expiring provisions and other sections of the Patriot Act, Congress decided instead to move ahead with a straightforward re-authorization. Read more.
the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota announced that it has reached a settlement with the Gaylord Police Department, the Sibley County Sheriff's office and others for violating the constitutional rights of Jesus Mendoza Sierra. In March of 2012, Sierra's Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when she was arrested, detained and interrogated by law enforcement for no lawful reason. As part of the settlement, and after litigation denying the allegations, the two departments jointly paid Jesus Mendoza Sierra $40,000 and agreed to make changes in police department practices. Read more.