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CASE: Cupertino High School students create a racist "Kill List"

Monta Vista High School students have been accused of creating a "kill list," targeting African-American students, and some parents are claiming the school district tried to cover it up. Attorney Richard Richardson filed suit on behalf of one of the students who has since left the school. "They gave a specific and credible threat that they would kill her with bullets, and they talked about how many bullets it would take." The hit list reportedly was not the only act of racism. Two months ago, a message that used the word lynch and the "N" word was posted on Instagram. Richardson says the students were not punished. See video: https://youtu.be/zhZtuyulyYE

The Power of Prayer

I just returned from a one-month trip to Israel, where we celebrated the bat mitzvah of my eldest daughter, Maya. Israel is, in my opinion, the most incredible country on Earth. For someone like me who loves history, archaeology, spirituality, politics, good food, great weather, and spending time with family, there is no better place to be (apologies to the Grateful Dead's "Tennessee Jed"). Yet my time in Israel did not afford me enough opportunity to delve into its depth. I could, and probably should, spend a lifetime there to explore and understand that depth.

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against SFPD

The Law Offices of Joel H. Siegal has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the San Francisco Police Department and the City and County of San Francisco after uniformed and plainclothes police officers arrested and detained at gunpoint 19 innocent African-American men who were recording and performing a music video in the Bayview-Hunters Point section of San Francisco. The suit alleges that without probable cause or a search warrant, SFPD officers subjected each of the 19 African-American men to unreasonable search and seizure and humiliation at gunpoint. The 19 men were told to get on their knees and were then handcuffed, an act reminiscent of the most vile chapters of US history when government policies allowed whites to imprison any black person who failed to produce freedom papers or a certificate of freedom because it was assumed that African Americans were subhuman chattel, not fit to enjoy any civil rights.

The Need for a Safe Campus

Below is an article featured in the San Francisco Chronicle today about an interesting case my office is involved in.  This case addresses issues of safety on campus, specifically Title VI and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

How the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) Exposes Universities to Title VI and Trustee Liability.

By: Joel H. Siegal, Attorney at Law, and Neal M. Sher, Attorney at Law

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