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Punishment for Cheshire Defendant Need Not Fit the Crime

John Holdridge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Holdridge

Earlier this month, a jury convicted Stephen J. Hayes of breaking into the Cheshire, Connecticut, home of the Petit family three years ago, then kid...

California Marijuana Proposition Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The federal government is going to have limited legal options, at best, if it tries to overthrow the "will of the people" (assuming, of course, that Proposition 19 actually passes), as evidenced best by the fact that the medical marijuana laws still stand.

Perry Speelman, Denver Police Officer Involved In Two Racial Profiling Suits, Could Cost City $24k

KMGH Denver | Alan Gathright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- The Denver City Council will decide Monday night whether to pay a $24,000 racial profiling settlement that involves a police sergeant who wa...

Florida's Gerrymander War: The Pols vs. The People

Richard Hebert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Hebert

Politics may make strange bedfellows, but once in a while it also makes surprising adversaries. So it is this year in Florida's Gerrymander War. In ...

Student's Car Secretly Tracked For More Than 3 Months

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Two days after Mission College student Yasir Afifi found a surveillance-tracking device on his car, the twenty year old Arab-American student was conf...

LA Teachers Vow To Protect "Last Hired, First Fired" Policy

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles teachers union is promising to challenge a proposed agreement that would change how teachers are laid off in the n...

LAUSD Settlement Drastically Changes Teacher Layoff Procedures

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The Los Angeles Board of Elections approved a court settlement Tuesday that will change the procedure for laying off teachers. The traditional "last h...

Frank Rizzo and Pennsylvania's 56-year Legacy of Police Spying

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security has been paying a private contractor to compile "intelligence" on dangerous elements, including environmentalists and gay/lesbian organizations.

Oglala Sioux Win Voting Rights -- For Now

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

Opponents of holding a full-scale election on the Oglala Sioux Tribe's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation this fall held on as long as possible during a recent confrontation with hopeful voters.

Database of Suspicious Activity Going Live With Little Attention

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Today's effort at a more collaborative atmosphere includes security at privately-owned companies, many of which have fostered deeper ties to the government as part of the war on terror.

ACLU: Boy Scouts Shouldn't get discounted rates in Boulder Valley schools

Boulder Daily Camera | Brittany Anas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Boy Scouts shouldn't be able to meet in Boulder's public schools at discounted rates because they openly discriminate against gays, according to the l...

Liberals Overreact to Citizens United

Jeff Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Norman

Liberals and Democrats fear their ideological foes will benefit from the Court's decision, and the nascent campaigns launched in response are unmistakable acts of political warfare.

Boulder City Council's Nudity Ban Draws Criticism From The ACLU

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

BOULDER, Colo. — Civil rights advocates in Colorado are urging a city council to reconsider a set of proposed roles that would bar people from t...

Drilling Opponents Spied on Like Terrorists

Jay Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Stanley

Once again, police "intelligence" functions created to supposedly help prevent terrorism are being used to violate the rights of peaceful ...

Jerry Brown Battles ACLU Over DNA Samples

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — A swab of saliva was at the center of a legal battle Tuesday over DNA collection of felony suspects and privacy rights. A three...

Evil in America? U.S. Fundamentalist Group to Burn Koran on 9/11

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

One need not journey to the mountains of Afghanistan or Pakistan to discover evil. We have our own home-grown variety of dangerous extremism here in ...

ACLU, CCR Sue Obama To Block 'Targeted Killings'

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — Two civil liberties groups sued the federal government on Monday to try to block its targeted killing overseas of a U.S.-born cleric ...

Boulder's Homeless Camping Ban: ACLU

Westword | Melanie Asmar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The ACLU is challenging a Boulder ordinance that penalizes homeless people for sleeping outside under the cover of blankets -- even when the city's ho...

Waiting for Equality

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

As the 19th Amendment gave women equality at the polls, the Paycheck Fairness Act will give women equality in the workplace. It is the next milestone in the fight for equal rights, and the Senate must act now.

Full Body Scanners: From Airports to the Streets?

Jay Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Stanley

Andy Greenberg at Forbes.com reported yesterday that company representatives told him that backscatter X-rays mounted in vans that can be driven arou...

Denver Women's Correctional Facility Abuse: ACLU Alleges Degrading, Unnecessary Body Searches

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The ACLU has penned a letter to the head of the Colorado Department of Corrections alleging "degrading," "gratuitous" and unconstitutional cavity sear...

Police Reform Can Save Newark Money and Lives

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

To uncover the true costs of police misconduct, the ACLU of New Jersey has combed court databases, meeting minutes and a battery of public records.

'God Hates Fags': Q&A with Pastor Fred Phelps

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Pastor Fred Phelps led the congregation that gained notoriety in recent years for picketing the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke with me about hell, homosexuality, and the Supreme Court.

Out In The Silence is a Powerful Documentary

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joan E. Dowlin

Out in the Silence chronicles the journey of Joe Wilson to his boyhood home of Oil City, a small town in western Pennsylvania, after declaring his wedding to Dean Hamer in his hometown paper.

Lucia Graves

Watchdog Groups Sue Over FBI's Ethnically Targeted Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Watchdog groups filed suit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation Tuesday for failing to make public the details of a domestic surveillance progr...