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Matt Sledge

Senate Judiciary Votes To Require Warrant For Email Snooping | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to force cops to get a warrant to spy on your email. It was a first step toward beating...

SCOTUS Inaction A Win For Cop Watchers

The Huffington Post | Radley Balko | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocking the enforcement of an Illinois eaves...

Molly O'Toole

Defense Department Sued Over Rules Restricting Women In Combat | Molly O'Toole | Posted 11.27.2012 | World

A first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves and a major in the U.S...

Katherine Bindley

Why A Father-Daughter Dance Is Causing Controversy | Katherine Bindley | Posted 11.16.2012 | Parents

In one Rhode Island town, father-daughter dances are either considered a favorite tradition or a passe event that discriminates and reinforces gender ...

Oklahoma Erects 10 Commandments Monument With Spelling Errors

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics

An Oklahoma state lawmaker oversaw the installation of a 2,000-lb. granite block depicting the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol Fr...

Prison Guards Use Gang Violence 'To Gain Control Over' Inmates: Lawsuit

AP | REBECCA BOONE | Posted 11.14.2012 | Crime

BOISE, Idaho -- The ACLU of Idaho says Corrections Corporation of America appears to be violating a settlement reached with inmates in a so-called "Gl...

Utah School District Sued For Restricting Access To Book About Lesbian Family

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah filed a lawsuit Tuessday against the Davis School District after officials told elementary sch...

Citizens United, President Obama, and His Liberal Naysayers

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The future of the Supreme Court is the 800-pound gorilla in the room this election season that neither candidate seems to want to talk about much. That's what made President Obama's Rock Center remarks last week on Citizens United so important.

Saki Knafo

Obama, Romney Still Silent On Civil Liberties In Last Debate | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

Civil liberties groups reacted to Monday night's debate with a mixture of disappointment and apathy: Disappointment because both candidates hardly sai...

Georgia Asks Judge To Toss KKK Suit Over Highway Cleanup Program

AP | By KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 10.22.2012 | Black Voices

ATLANTA (AP) -- The state of Georgia is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Ku Klux Klan challenging the group's application being denied...

Battles Over Government Secrecy Dominate 9/11 Hearings

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The definition and use of classified information, and the public's right to hear it, is proving to be one of the most important issues arising in pre-trial hearings in this historic September 11th terrorism prosecution.

Another Big Bank Accused Of Predatory Lending

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2012 | Business

NEW YORK, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union is filing what it says is the first lawsuit against an investment bank, Morgan Stanley...

9/11 Trial Censorship Could Hide Torture, Classified Info

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 12.14.2012 | World

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A U.S. military judge is considering broad security rules for the war crimes tribunal of five Guantanamo priso...

Solitary Confinement Makes Youths 'Go Crazy'

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 12.10.2012 | Crime

NEW YORK — State governments should abolish the use of solitary confinement for offenders under 18, whether as a punitive or protective measure,...

Ashley Woods

Godbee Sex Scandal: Police Chief's Mistress Sued The City, DPD For Discrimination In 2008 | Ashley Woods | Posted 10.04.2012 | Detroit

In 2008, Angelica Robinson, who says she she began an affair with Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee this year, sued the City of Detroit and Detroit Po...

Huge Settlement For UC Davis Pepper Spray Victims

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.26.2012 | College

The University of California system announced Wednesday they will pay $30,000 in damages to each of the 21 students and alumni who were sprayed at a p...

Cop Had 'Long History Of Excessive Force' Before Killing Man Holding Baby

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2012 | Crime

By David Schwartz PHOENIX, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The family of an Arizona man who was shot dead while holding his 7-month-old grandson b...

Dan Froomkin

New ID Laws May Shoot Down College-Student Voters | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics

In Tennessee, a new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls explicitly excludes student IDs. In Wisconsin, college students ...

Cancer Patient Fired By Walmart For Medical Marijuana Use Loses Appeal

Posted 09.20.2012 | Money

A Michigan appeals court ruled this week that a Walmart employee with an inoperable brain tumor and cancer was not wrongfully fired over medical marij...

ACLU Settles Breastfeeding Case

Posted 09.19.2012 | Denver

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado announced on Tuesday that it had won an confidential settlement in a discrimination case on behalf of t...

Simon McCormack

State Segregates Prisoners In 'HIV Ghetto': Lawsuit | Simon McCormack | Posted 09.14.2012 | Crime

Alabama state prisons unnecessarily and cruelly keep inmates with HIV segregated from the rest of the population, according to a class-action lawsuit ...

A Progressive Corporation and Its Campaign to Take Down 10 Tea Party House Members

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.

City Faces Lawsuit Over Rule To 'Silence' Free Speech

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

* Rival church sought to pamphlet near Mormon temple * 'Free-speech' permits can limit time, participants By Jennifer Do...

Free Speech for College Students: FIRE's Guide Updated

David Moshman | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
David Moshman

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has published a second edition of its outstanding Guide to Free Speech on Campus, one of its five Guides to Student Rights on Campus. Every college student should read this book.

It's Time to Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

Vanita Gupta | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngIt's time to stop gambling away taxpayer dollars on the failed drug war and start implementing rational, evidence-based, cost-effective, humane criminal justice policies.