Carl Messineo on the Open Government Act of 2010

The PCJF today issued its strong support for the Open Government Act of 2010. Carl Messineo, co-founder and attorney with the PCJF testified today at the hearing before the D.C. Council's Committee on Government Operations and the Environment.

A year of victories for civil rights

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund is proud of its accomplishments in defense of the Constitution in 2009. The past year has been replete with victories for civil liberties - and we couldn't have done it without you.

Victory in major class-action protest impact litigation

Class action impact litigation brought by the PCJF on behalf of more than 1000 people led to major and substantive reform in police policies and practices in the handling of mass demonstrations in Washington, D.C. Two federal judges called the outcome of the PCJF's litigation "historic," "critical" and "substantial reform," and an achievement that would "protect future generations of protesters" in the nation's capital.

Pershing Park Settlement Announced

After more than seven years of class action litigation, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund today is pleased to announce a victorious settlement on behalf of a class of nearly 400 persons who were arrested in Pershing Park in September 2002.

PCJF First Amendment Cases Spark Investigation

Retired federal judge Stanley Sporkin has issued an investigative report on the disappearance of evidence related to the false mass arrests at the September 2002 IMF / World Bank protests in Washington, D.

D.C. cancels checkpoint program following U.S. Court of Appeals ruling

Late yesterday, the D.C. Police Department announced that the Chief of Police was rescinding the so-called "Neighborhood Safety Zone" program. Having had its program declared unconstitutional at the U.

PCJF wins settlement in illegal arrest case in D.C.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) is pleased to announce a victorious settlement on behalf of eight people who were illegally arrested following April 20, 2002 lawful anti-war and IMF/World Bank protests.

PCJF forces D.C. Police to disclose General and Special Orders

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has just obtained a massive disclosure of previously withheld documents governing police operations. The PCJF forced the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.

Landmark victory: En banc re-hearing denied in checkpoint case

Sixteen months ago, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) filed a major lawsuit on behalf of residents of Washington, D.C., who had been stopped in their cars at military-style checkpoints.

En banc re-hearing in checkpoint case denied

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied D.C.'s petition for an en banc re-hearing in the case challenging the constitutionality of the checkpoint program first deployed in 2008 in northeast Washington, D.