ACLU Reaches Settlement With Justice Dept. Over Police Clearing Lafayette Square Protest
ACLU Reaches Settlement With Justice Dept. Over Police Clearing Lafayette Square Protest
2022-04-18 21:46:26
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union and the Justice Department announced a settlement last week in four lawsuits resulting from police forcibly expelling protesters from Washington, D.C.'s, Lafayette Square in June 2020. The confrontation was a prelude to former... Read More

Biden Administration Defends Migrant Expulsion Policy in Court
2022-01-21 15:51:26
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration defended its use of a controversial migrant expulsion policy in court on Wednesday despite criticism from immigrant advocates and attorneys. Public health authority Title 42 was invoked by the Trump administration at the onset of... Read More

South Carolina
South Carolina Lawmakers Pushing to Remove Judge from Redistricting Case
2022-01-10 19:15:54
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. — When a process occurs once every 10 years, perceptions of old wounds can lead to very long memories. A case in point is playing out in South Carolina, where Republicans in the state legislature are seeking to... Read More

Court Rejects Lawsuit Against NSA on "State Secrets" Grounds

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an ACLU lawsuit challenging a portion of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance of Americans' international email and phone communications.  The 4th U.S. Circuit Court... Read More

In The States
ACLU Sues to Block Texas Abortion Ban
2021-07-14 18:50:44
by Dan McCue

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday sued the state of Texas to block “radical” new abortion restrictions currently set to take effect on Sept. 1. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of Texas abortion providers -- led by... Read More

Expanding Access to Methadone Treatment in Jails and Prisons
2021-05-19 12:15:00
by Alexa Hornbeck

The ACLU of Illinois held a media availability this week with Christine Finnigan, who continued to receive her 'medically, necessary physician-prescribed methadone treatment' in DuPage County Jail following a lawsuit brought against the DuPage Sheriff's Office by the American Civil... Read More

In The States
Florida Republicans Pass Voting Limits in Broad Elections Bill
2021-04-30 18:47:49
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE -- The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature passed a sweeping election overhaul bill on Thursday that established a wide range of new voting restrictions in one of the nation’s key battleground states. The bill makes Florida the first major swing state... Read More

Foreign Affairs
Biden Repeal of Trump ICC Sanctions Welcome, But Concerns Remain
2021-04-06 19:26:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Human rights organizations around the world cheered President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel punitive sanctions against the International Criminal Court, but they also agree serious obstacles remain to achieving justice for some of the world’s worst crimes. The... Read More

ACLU Sues Over Police Force on Protesters Near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration Thursday, alleging officials violated the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed from a park near the White House by police using chemical agents before President Donald... Read More

Civil Rights
DC Circuit Rejects Trump Policy of Blocking Abortions for Undocumented Teens
2019-06-14 18:48:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Trump administration's policy of blocking abortions sought by undocumented pregnant teenagers in federal custody cannot "be squared with Supreme Court precedent." In 2017, the Trump administration adopted a... Read More

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