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Former Seattle U.S. Attorney Pushes Pot Legalization In Washington State

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

SEATTLE — A man who once served as the Justice Department's top official in Seattle said Tuesday that he is sponsoring an initiative to legalize...

Suing To Separate Church And State

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 08.21.2011 | Denver

Three civil liberties unions plus some Douglas County parents filed a lawsuit this morning against the authorization of funds by the state treasurer t...

Unlikely Allies: ACLU, Tea Party Win Free Speech Case

AP | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

REDDING, Calif. — A pair of unlikely political allies has succeeded in sinking an ordinance that restricted when and where pamphlets could be ha...

Arthur Delaney

Debtors' Prison: Jobless Woman Jailed For Unpaid Traffic Fines | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business

Kelly Wiedemer of Westminster, Col., spent four nights in jail this month because she hasn't paid fines and restitution she owes from a car accident t...

Compromise Resolves ACLU Complaint In Time For Graduation

Belmar, NJ Patch | Christine A. Scheller | Posted 08.20.2011 | Religion


Emanuel Approves New Surveillance Cameras

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 08.15.2011 | Chicago

Though Chicago is already home to at least 10,000 private security cameras which, combined, account for the most extensive and integrated camera netwo...

Will Guzzardi

Quinn Calls For Inquiry Into State Police Racial Bias | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.15.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is calling for an internal inquiry into the way the Illinois State Police approach searching drivers, following an ACLU re...

Lions and Tigers and Fraud, Oh My! Secretary of State Kris Kobach Is at It Again

Katie O'Connor | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Katie O'Connor

The report lists only 16 instances of noncitizen registration and zero instances of in-person voter impersonation fraud. Kobach is using a nuclear weapon to kill a fly (and telling you the fly is the size of Houston).

Grand Jury Investigates Torture In Abu Ghraib Death

Time | Adam Zagorin | Posted 08.13.2011 | World

It has been nearly a decade since Manadel al-Jamadi, an Iraqi prisoner known as "the Iceman" — for the bungled attempt to cool his body and make him...

Matt Sledge

Veterans Housing Lawsuit Reaches Into History | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.13.2011 | Los Angeles

The lawsuit filed on Wednesday against the Veterans Administration over housing for disabled veterans hinges in part on an 1888 deed that is more than...

Culture Shock in the Police Department: How the Newark Police Processed an Officer's Sexual Assault Allegation

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 08.10.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

The culture of a police department determines the extent of misconduct, and this certainly applies to Newark, NJ.

Joy Resmovits

ACLU: Milwaukee's Voucher Program Segregates Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Milwaukee's voucher system, which allows low-income students to attend private schools using tax dollars, discriminates based on disabilit...

Will Guzzardi

State Police Accused Of 'Striking' Racial Bias In Traffic Stops | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois branch of the American Civil Liberties Union petitioned the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, asking the department to investigate t...

Laura Bassett

Louisiana Republican Aims To Overturn Roe v. Wade | Laura Bassett | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

The Louisiana state legislature is considering a bill that would make performing an abortion a criminal offense, including in cases of rape and incest...

ACLU Sues Rick Scott Over Mandatory Drug Testing For Florida State Workers

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics

MIAMI — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is suing Florida Gov. Rick Scott over ordering drug testing for all state employees, regar...

Charges Dropped Against Denver Man Who Gave Cops Middle Finger (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 11.16.2011 | Weird News

DENVER (AP) -- A harassment charge has been dropped in the case of a 35-year-old Colorado man who faced prosecution for displaying his middle finger t...

Patriot Act Extension Signed By Obama

Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Minutes before a midnight deadline, President Barack Obama signed into law a four-year extension of pos...

A Time for Change or More of the Same at the Chicago Police Department?

Locke Bowman | Posted 07.25.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Garry McCarthy's tenure as superintendent of the Chicago Police Department is likely to be marked by continuation of the same problems that have plagued the department for decades.

The Truth About Torture

Richard Geldard | Posted 07.25.2011 | World
Richard Geldard

In the dust-up following the death of bin Laden, a too-soon forgotten issue came alive again when Bush-era pols surfaced to claim that the "enhanced interrogation" (read torture) of detainees gave us crucial intelligence.

New Bill Proposes to Lock Up Immigrants Forever

Ahilan Arulanantham | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Ahilan Arulanantham

The Department of Homeland Security detains more than 33,000 people on any given day, for months or years. This comes at great cost to taxpayers: $45,000 per detainee per year, for a total of $1.9 billion this fiscal year.

Wake Up Women! The Republicans Want You Barefoot and Pregnant

Linda Bergthold | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

If Indiana succeeds in its draconian withdrawal of women's health services, it is not hard to imagine that other states will follow, and women nationwide will be left high and dry for basic services.

Release Newark Police Director's Disciplinary Records

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 07.17.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

If DeMaio's disciplinary records stay hidden, the city of Newark misses a rare opportunity to shift the tone of the Newark Police Department. Mayor Booker must embrace a transparent process if he has any hope of earning public support for his pick.

Moffat School District Bans Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet

The Huffington Post/AP | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.13.2011 | Denver

A civil liberties group is demanding a northwestern Colorado school district remove its ban on students wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets that...

ACLU: Suburban Schools Censoring LGBT Awareness Websites

Posted 07.13.2011 | Chicago

The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to file suit against a suburban Chicago school district unless that district stops blocking gay and ...

Civil Libertarians and Academics Who Support Censors

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 07.13.2011 | College
Alan Dershowitz

Should students who conspire to "shut down" an invited speaker with whom they disagree be prosecuted for the misdemeanor of conspiracy to disturb a meeting? That is the question roiling the University of California.