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July 10, 2017

Charlottesvillians pulled out the unwelcome mat for the Loyal White Knights of the KKK July 8 in Justice Park. An estimated 1,000 people surrounded the park before the arrival of the 50 or so out-of-town Klansmen, and the event was loud, but aside from the arrests of protesters who refused to move, without incident. It was afterward that Virginia State Police in riot gear tear gassed protesters who refused to clear High Street, a first for protest-prone Charlottesville, at least in C-VILLE Weekly’s memory.

July 07, 2017

A nonprofit organization dedicated to defending civil liberties and human rights is speaking out about Charlottesville police installing cameras without the public knowing.

Constitutional expert John Whitehead, president of the Albemarle County-based Rutherford Institute, says people have the right to know when they are being watched.

May 16, 2017

The First Amendment, at its core, protects all forms of speech. That includes hate speech. So while people are taking issue with the rallies this weekend in Charlottesville over the Robert E. Lee Statue, under the First Amendment, those rallies are protected even from city permits. "Under the First Amendment, free speech is free," explained John Whitehead from The Rutherford Institute. Whitehead said the creation of the First Amendment was to empower people to speak up, and protect people from their own government. "The government cannot target one specific group or several groups and say 'You don't have the right to speech because we don't agree,'" he said.

March 03, 2017

The memorial celebration for Hentoff, the prolific journalist, jazz critic, and Voice columnist for more than 50 years who died last month at age 91, featured music, remembrances, and a panel discussion.

January 27, 2017

John W. Whitehead appears on the Hagman Report to discuss the police state, surveillance, free speech and more.

January 26, 2017

John W. Whitehead speaks to a visiting delegation from Mongolia about the plight of freedom in America.

January 18, 2017

John Whitehead, author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People and founder of The Rutherford Institute joins The Corbett Report to discuss his retrospective of the Obama administration, “We All Lose: Obama’s Legacy and What It Means for a Trump Presidency.”

December 05, 2016

How many cops does it take to check on a man when his employer is concerned that he hasn’t shown up for work?

December 01, 2016

...it would make perfect sense to consider Mr Whitehead (constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute) whose seminal book “Battlefield America: The War On The American People” is an extraordinary treatise, in-depth study, and detailed analysis of just what went wrong with the hasty enactment of the DHS after the suspicious circumstances of September 11, 2001.

October 31, 2016

John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, joins Ron Paul on the Ron Paul Liberty Report to discuss the "shadow government," an unelected permanent government that continues to push towards dictatorship.

October 19, 2016

Mike Sienda already felt aggrieved when his boss at the National Ground Intelligence Center’s Rivanna Station told him in early September to not show up on grounds with his giant Trump-Pence signs on the side of his box truck. When he was told he couldn’t park on the federal property with a smaller Trump 2016: Make America Great Again sign in the back window of his Jeep, Sienda contacted the Rutherford Institute, a local civil rights org. And within two days of its attorneys writing NGIC October 12, he was told, uh, never mind, the smaller sign is just fine.

October 19, 2016

A prominent conservative organization has discovered another instance of the weakening of First Amendment rights that has recently taken place in America, and its attorneys are now taking action steps to remedy the problem before certain freedoms become a thing of the past.

October 13, 2016

John W. Whitehead, an attorney who represented Paula Jones in a sexual harassment suit against former President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s, says he's not happy the decades-old accusations are taking center stage in the current presidential election cycle.

October 13, 2016

A New Jersey high school student was suspended and told he would have to undergo a psychological evaluation after he handed in an anti-gun-control project.

October 03, 2016

The United States Supreme Court will take up a trademark protection case that The Rutherford Institute says could impact the Washington Redskins.

September 02, 2016

Local civil liberties organization says parts of policy "pose a threat to basic First Amendment freedoms"

August 15, 2016

A fight has erupted in Oklahoma over a noise ordinance being used by authorities to target a pro-life activist who is scheduled for trial in October on a charge of making too much.

July 14, 2016

To Metro’s list of woes, add another: A court ruled Monday that the agency must pay more than $50,000 in attorneys’ fees to counsel for a musician who successfully sued for the right to play near Orange Line stations.

July 11, 2016

Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot talks with civil liberties attorney and award-winning author John Whitehead, the founder and CEO of the Rutherford Institute.

June 27, 2016

Attorney John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, says placing individuals on the "no fly list" or barring them from buying a weapon before going through the full legal process violates that constitutional right.