The Supreme Court recently ruled that Javaid Iqbal, an Arab-American detained and abused after 9/11, could not sue government officials for unconstitutional behavior. This decision, known as Ashcroft vs. Iqbal, has given rise to issues that will cause significant damage to US civil rights for years to come.
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that federal prosecutors can't charge illegal workers with aggravated identity theft for submitting false social security numbers to keep their jobs. Charges of identity theft carry up to a two-year prison sentence, and it had become a "favorite tool of prosecutors" to threaten workers with a jail term to prod them into pleading guilty to lesser charges. Conservative Justice Samuel Alito explained that the government's policy amounted to a roll of the dice, as workers couldn't possibly know whether the numbers they were submitting were false or not.