civil liberties

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A name synonymous with Central New York’s chapter of the NYCLU for nearly 20 years has taken a new position with Onondaga County.  Lawmakers Tuesday confirmed Barrie Gewanter as the next executive director of the Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights.

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More than 50 people of many backgrounds gathered in front of the federal building in Syracuse today to express their disappointment that no criminal charges will be brought against a Ferguson Missouri police officer.  Darren Wilson is accused of shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown.  While most at the rally didn’t condone the violence that followed the grand jury’s decision, some like David Dunbar of Syracuse understand where the anger comes from.

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A brightly-colored seven-foot tall carnival-style wheel stopped outside the justice center in Syracuse Thursday to highlight what some are calling New York’s broken public defense system.    The prop is part of a traveling campaign with the New York Civil Liberties Union calling on Governor Cuomo to end 50 years of the state’s failure to provide attorneys to poor New Yorkers accused of crimes.