Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Corrections is being sued over its use of solitary confinement in a complaint filed Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which alleges...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge says New Orleans must release the locations of its 400 clearly marked and brightly lit crime cameras.
The ACLU of Louisiana and Southern Poverty Law Center went to...
A neo-Nazi website operator said Tuesday that he refuses to be present in the U.S. for questioning under oath in a lawsuit that accuses him of unleashing an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against a...
A neo-Nazi website operator must be present in the U.S. for questioning under oath in a lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against a Montana real estate agent's...
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi city has agreed to change the way it jails poor people after it was threatened with litigation.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Southern Poverty Law Center has named an interim president after its founder was fired and its president resigned.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The head of the Southern Poverty Law Center on Friday announced that he is stepping down, the latest high-profile departure from the watchdog organization best known for...
Former Obama aide to review civil rights law firm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A one-time aide to former first lady Michelle Obama will review workplace practices at a prominent civil rights law firm that fired its founder.
High-profile firing adds to troubles for watchdog group
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The high-profile firing of the co-founder of a liberal group best known for monitoring hate organizations is only the latest trouble for the nonprofit, which got its start...
Civil rights organization announces dismissal of founder
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, a nationally known nonprofit that monitors hate organizations, said Thursday it had fired co-founder Morris Dees, who once...
Workers sue US immigration authorities over Tennessee raid
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Seven Latino workers are suing federal immigration authorities over a raid at an eastern Tennessee meatpacking plant that ended in the arrests of about 100...
Bail bond companies told to refund years of overcharges
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Insurance Department says many criminal bail bond providers in New Orleans have been overcharging customers for years and must refund the excess money...
Law center: Hate groups in US at highest level in 2 decades
The U.S. had more hate groups last year than at any point in at least the past two decades, according to an organization that tracks white supremacists and other far-right extremists.
Civil rights groups seek maps of city’s surveillance cameras
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two civil rights groups have gone to court saying a city official in New Orleans won't provide a map showing the location of 400 clearly marked and brightly lit crime...
Court candidate Hagedorn took $3,000 from conservative group
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn was paid more than $3,000 to give speeches to a Christian legal advocacy group that has supported criminalizing sodomy and...
Advocacy group: Alabama has prison suicide crisis
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An advocacy group charged Friday that Alabama officials have failed to address a rising suicide rate in state prisons despite a federal court order to improve conditions for mentally ill inmates.
Attorneys representing inmates in an ongoing lawsuit over mental health care argued state officials have done "precious little" to address inmate suicides.
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The Latest: Prison system: Suicide spike ongoing concern
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on inmate suicides (all times local):
The Alabama Department of Corrections says a recent spike in inmate suicides is an ongoing concern and the department is working on a solution.
The prison system issued a statement Friday responding to criticisms from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said he is focused on solving this problem.
Proud Boys founder sues SPLC over hate group label
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The founder of a far-right men's group filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling the organization as a hate group, in the latest attempt to use litigation to fight the extremist label.
Spanish-language reporter facing deportation denied bond
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A detained Spanish-language reporter facing deportation after he was arrested while covering an immigration rally in Tennessee was denied release Thursday, his lawyers said.
An immigration judge denied bond for Manuel Duran during a hearing in Jena, Louisiana, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement.
Groups will continue legal challenge to Kentucky Medicaid
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three advocacy groups say they will continue their legal challenge to new rules requiring Kentucky's Medicaid recipients to get a job, go to school or volunteer to keep their benefits.
The federal government first approved the new rules in January. The National Health Law Program, Kentucky Equal Justice Center and Southern Poverty Law Center sued to block the rules. In June, a judge agreed with them, ordering the Trump administration to reconsider the proposal.
Lawsuit says poor shouldn’t lose licenses over traffic fines
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal lawsuit is challenging Alabama's practice of suspending the driver's licenses of people who can't pay traffic tickets, arguing it violates the Fourteenth Amendment by "punishing persons simply because they are poor."
The Latest: Amendment supporters hail widespread support
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on amendment to constitution to end non-unanimous juries (all times local):
Supporters of a constitutional amendment requiring jury verdicts to be unanimous are celebrating their victory.
Previously defendants could be convicted on a 10-2 or 11-1 verdict in felony cases with the exception of death penalty cases. But now verdicts will be required to be unanimous.
Facebook, Instagram ban far-right Proud Boys and founder
NEW YORK (AP) — The far-right Proud Boys and their founder, Gavin McInnes, have been banned from Facebook and Instagram because of policies against hate groups, the company announced.
McInnes criticized the ban in an email Wednesday, saying it was a way to drum up "hysteria" prior to the midterm elections next week.
"The left knows they are going to lose this election so they are ramping up the hysteria with fake news and censorship in a last ditch effort to win," he said.
Clarification: Medicaid-Arkansas story
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In a story Oct. 15, The Associated Press reported that the Southern Poverty Law Center was one of three groups that sued Arkansas over its Medicaid work requirement. The groups' lawsuit was originally filed against the federal government, but Arkansas was later granted a motion to join the case as a defendant.
Rep. Nunes faulted by rival for photo with hand symbol
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of California was criticized Friday by his Democratic rival in the November election after a photograph on social media showed the congressman next to a supporter making a hand gesture that some consider racist.
Report: Blacks more likely to be arrested for pot possession
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Black people in Louisiana are nearly three times as likely as white people to be arrested on a marijuana possession charge, a report on racial profiling says.
Mississippi high court affirms governor’s budget-cut power
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the governor's power to make midyear state budget cuts.
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit in 2017 on behalf of two Democratic lawmakers, arguing that the state constitution gives legislators the power to set budgets. The suit also says a law that allows the governor to make midyear cuts violates the separation of powers between legislative and executive branches
Judge wants new look at prison conditions before ruling
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge wants experts to re-examine a privately run Mississippi prison after a trial where inmates claimed unconstitutionally harsh conditions
Louisiana district attorneys are illegally padding their budgets by using off-duty police officers to write profit-driven traffic tickets that can be dismissed for a fee, a legal watchdog group said in an ethics complaint filed Tuesday.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An American liberal watchdog group apologized and will pay more than $3 million under an agreement announced Monday after labeling a British organization and its founder as anti-Muslim extremists.
The nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery issued written and video statements saying it was wrong to include the London-based Quilliam and Maajid Nawaz in a "Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists."
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that questions the governor's power to make midyear state budget cuts.
Justices gave no indication of when or how they would rule, though they asked several questions of an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center. The center filed the suit in 2017 on behalf of two Democratic state lawmakers, Sen. John Horhn of Jackson and Rep. Bryant Clark of Pickens.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — It took generations to erect all the nation's Confederate monuments, and a new report shows they're being removed at a pace of about three each month.
The study — released Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center — shows that 110 Confederate monuments have been removed nationwide since 2015, when a shooting at a black church in South Carolina energized a movement against such memorials.
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts governor's race candidate is shutting down a nonprofit organization that he founded that ended up on a list of U.S.-based hate groups.
Republican Scott Lively has described his Abiding Truth Ministries as pro-family, but his opposition to gay rights has landed him and his Springfield-based ministry on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of designated hate groups.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Because he can't pay $228 in traffic fines, Seti Johnson faces revocation of his North Carolina's driver's license, which means he won't be able to drive to the job he hopes to get soon. For Sharee Smoot, the amount keeping her off the road is $648.
Stuart, Parker compete in chief justice primary
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Republican primary for Alabama chief justice pits a long-time ally of Roy Moore against the judge who took over his duties when Moore was suspended from the bench by a judicial ethics panel for defying rulings on same-sex marriage.
Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart faces Associate Justice Tom Parker in the June 5 GOP primary for chief justice. The winner will face Democrat Bob Vance, a Jefferson County judge, in November.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin taxpayers paid about $1,000 to send one of Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel's top lawyers to a Christian legal advocacy group's West Coast conference last summer even though Schimel himself considered his own appearance there a political or personal event.
Schimel, who is up for re-election in November, didn't charge taxpayers for the cost of his trip, which the sponsoring group covered.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel on Wednesday defended his appearance at a West Coast conference put on by the Alliance Defending Freedom, saying the conservative Christian law firm is trying to build "better love in the world."
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel accepted thousands of dollars from an anti-gay organization to appear at the group's West Coast conference last summer, state records show.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel's appearance at a conference put on by an anti-gay organization (all times local):
Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel's campaign is defending Schimel's appearance at an anti-gay organization's conference.
On assignment in Montgomery, Alabama, recently, I toured the Rosa Parks Museum with a capacity student crowd; sang “We Shall Overcome” in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s former church with tourgoers from Ohio, California and China; and waited 10 minutes in line at the Southern Poverty Law Center museum to buy my souvenir water bottle (for a good cause).
Under more scrutiny than ever, Facebook finds itself caught in a no-man's land between activists who say it needs to adopt much stricter definitions governing hate speech and critics on the right who feel the social media giant is censoring conservative voices.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Lawyers for a journalist who was arrested in Tennessee and then placed in an immigration detention facility said Monday that the government was trying to suppress his reporting and violated his rights of freedom of speech and the press.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A lawsuit claims Louisiana authorities have illegally detained a teenage boy for nearly one year after his arrest on a burglary charge.
The suit, filed Tuesday by New Orleans-based attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center, seeks the 15-year-old boy's immediate release from a juvenile detention center in Monroe.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has "abandoned its responsibility to provide basic needs" to inmates at a privately run prison that is excessively violent and fails to provide proper medical care, an attorney for the prisoners said Monday.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state over conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility, which is home to 1,200 inmates, 80 percent of whom have been diagnosed with a mental health problem.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi state prison has unsanitary conditions, is inadequately staffed and provides insufficient health care, three inmates testified in federal court Friday.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawyers for inmates argued Monday that conditions at a Mississippi prison are unconstitutionally abusive, while the state's lawyers said they're proud of the prison and that inmates' complaints don't justify a federal judge's intervention.
County Republicans host speaker despite calls to cancel
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Republicans in a central Oregon county proceeded with a presentation by a former FBI agent known for his anti-Muslim rhetoric, despite calls from Democrats and a Muslim civil liberties organization to cancel the event.
Report: KKK chapters drop steeply despite ‘hate group’ surge
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the U.S. is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a "hipper" brand of hate, according to a report Wednesday by an organization that tracks far-right extremists.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said its count of Klan groups fell from 130 in 2016 to 72 last year, despite a surge of activity in the broader white supremacist movement.