Equal Protection

In our Equal Protection section, learn more about how the laws are accommodating (or neglecting) the promise of equality for all Americans.

Recent Stories

Earlier this year, a Chicago judge allowed Alison Miller to file a wrongful death suit against the fertility clinic that inadvertently destroyed the couple's frozen embryo. Three Rhode Island women have also been awarded compensation for emotional distress and loss of property three years ago. Now Missouri and Louisiana have laws protecting the legal rights of embryos. With laws like these on the books, couples with embryos frozen in fertility clinics face serious legal and ethical dilemmas when trying to decide what to do with remaining embryos. more...

The tabloids have a field day with wayward ambassadors who claim immunity when they get nabbed for reckless driving. These stories hit the headlines and reinforce the public misperception that diplomatic immunity is a "get-out-of-jail-free" card for breaking the law overseas. more...

During jury selection, defense attorney Deborah Poole complained that her 79 year-old client, Lena Sims Driskell, could not receive a fair trial with a jury of her peers because the juror pool lacked enough older people from which to select. Of the 58 jurors in the pool, a scant few were over 60. more...

The framers of the U.S. Constitution knew a thing or two about government abuse through the legal system. When they wrote the Constitution, they made sure it established our system of government, but also protected each citizen from that same government. These protections are guaranteed through amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights. Protection from the legal system is granted through the 6th Amendment, known as the right to a speedy trial and an impartial jury. more...