Third Coast Rewind: Chicago Lawyer Heads North to Defend Pipeline Protestors

Melinda Power works in a storefront law office on Division Street, between the two gateways that demarcate the Puerto Rican community. Many of her everyday clients are members of the Puerto Rican community, for whom she handles criminal defense and basic legal needs such as divorces and wills. But Power is also an active fighter for political prisoners and part of the legal team supporting the defendants at the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota.

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Warrantless cellphone tracking challenged in the Court

March, 2017

Lawsuit challenges warrantless cellphone tracking filed in Chicago.

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Protesting Police Misconduct


This story is about Attorney Melinda Power, her job, her commitment to opposing injustice and her sister, Margaret Power.

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Disorderly conduct change

November 01, 2012

In other council action, the mayor also proposed changing the city's disorderly conduct ordinance after a federal appeals court ruled that some of the language could stifle free speech rights.

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City's bill for lawsuits on handling of Iraq war protest: $11 million

June 04, 2012

When the final bill for a 2003 anti-war march lawsuit brought by hundreds of people Chicago police arrested came before the city’s Finance Committee Monday, aldermen were looking at a figure nearly twice the size of the $6.2 million settlement reached in February.

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Lawyer: NATO Suspect ‘Maybe Had A Little Bit Too Much To Drink’

May 23, 2012

The mother of an anti-NATO protester accused of threatening to blow up a train overpass defended her son Wednesday and described him as a “good boy.” “I am here to support my son and I believe that he is not guilty,” a teary eyed Urszula Mounts told the Sun-Times after Sebastian Senakiewicz appeared in court for a brief hearing. “He’s a good boy.”

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Lawyer: Threat to blow up overpass may have been drunken bluster

May 23, 2012

A Chicago man accused of threatening to blow up a train overpass during the NATO summit may have been drunk and just running his mouth, his attorney said today. Prosecutors have charged Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, with falsely making a terrorist threat. A purported member of the anarchist group Black Bloc, Senakiewicz allegedly boasted that he had a carload of explosives that could destroy half of a train overpass and that he was determined to use them during the summit.

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Innocent defendants still have to pay court fees to Cook County

March 15, 2012

This week we're looking at some of the ways Cook County makes money when it locks people up. We've seen that the county is one of thousands of government bodies in the U.S. making millions of dollars each year from the inflated prices inmates and their families pay for phone calls from jail.

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City offers $6.2 million to settle arrests at 2003 war protest

February 09, 2012

Lawyers for the city of Chicago told a federal judge today they have reached a $6.2 million settlement with more than 800 plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit stemming from the mass arrests of protesters during a 2003 demonstration against the Iraq war.

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Live in Humboldt Park: Attorney Melinda Power

March 29, 2009

Melinda Power, of the West Town Community Law Center, tells us about working in Humboldt Park.

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