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Maine Governor, Legal Chief At Odds Over Aid To Immigrants

AP | ALANNA DURKIN | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills are at odds over the governor's directive to withhold ...

Simon McCormack

'Neighborhoods Are Not War Zones'

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime

Police said there was no way they could have known a baby was inside a home they stormed with a "no-knock" drug warrant at 3 a.m. But a "flash gren...

Missing Pieces in Analysis of Targeted-Killing Memo

Morris Davis | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Morris Davis

The news media and bloggers have covered the memo's release extensively, particularly whether the Obama administration's position squares with the Constitution and U.S. laws. However, there are two areas that I believe are equally important that have been overlooked or ignored.

Stung: Government Disappears Stingray Spying Records

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

We've heard variations on the phrase "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" from the government for quite some time. It appears this may be true, at least if you are the government.

Edward Snowden Saves Seizing Woman Over Video Chat

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.16.2014 | Media

Edward Snowden wasn't legally allowed to be there in person, but that didn't stop him from coming to a seizing journalist's aid during a recent video ...

ACLU's Work for LGBT Community Has Broad Reach

James Gilliam | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
James Gilliam

Though much has changed since my first Pride celebration, we still face hurdles to full equality. We lack federal protections in the workplace and for LGBTQ students.

Ryan J. Reilly

ACLU Report Reveals Immigrant Abuse In 'Shadow' Private Federal Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was December 2010, and officials who ran the nation's federal prisons had a dilemma. They weren't sure if they should renew a contrac...

Threatened With Jail for Being Poor

Jordan Melograna | Posted 08.04.2014 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

People who are too poor to pay fines are still being threatened with incarceration today, but with an all too familiar twist: private companies are making money off people who can't pay.

Death by Imprisonment: America's War on Melanin Possession and the Indigent

MiAngel Cody | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
MiAngel Cody

Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.

Arthur Delaney

Rick Scott Has Pissed Away $400,000 Defending His Drug Test Schemes

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has spent nearly $400,000 in taxpayer dollars defending his various drug testing schemes, the American Civil...

Why Is This Charter School Management Company Still in Business?

Alan Singer | Posted 07.27.2014 | Business
Alan Singer

Despite its checkered history, National Heritage Academies continues to expand. In Tennessee, it is one of the major supporters of a law that will allow for profit charter school companies to operate in the state. The question remains. Why is this charter school management company still in business?

Rep. Joe Walsh Says He Can Overlook Bruce Rauner's Views on Abortion

William J. Kelly | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
William J. Kelly

Conservative leaders criticized Rauner last week after he skipped an Illinois Right to Life (ILRTL) dinner to attend a pro-choice gala for the ACLU. Rauner reiterated his pro-choice position on abortion Monday at a North Shore women's group.

Ryan J. Reilly

This Man Was Sentenced To Die In Prison. Now He Wants To Fix The Law That Put Him There.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reynolds Wintersmith wasn't supposed to be here. Not in front of the White House, or in the halls of the Justice Department, or meeting ...

John Conyers Joins Suit To Get Back On Primary Ballot

AP | JEFF KAROUB | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

DETROIT (AP) — Longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers joined a federal lawsuit Thursday taking aim at the requirement that petition collectors b...

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Attends Pro-Choice Event, Anti-Abortion Groups Freak Out

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

A Republican businessman challenging Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) attended an abortion-rights gala Saturday. Unsurprisingly, anti-abortion groups in th...

SCOTUS Decision Could Open The Door To Harsh Immigration Laws Elsewhere

AP | GRANT SCHULTE | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to review a Nebraska city's ordinance that bans renting homes to immigrants living in the...

South Dakota's Attorney General Vows to Battle Elderly Lesbians (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 07.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Nancy and Jennie Rosenbrahn have a simple request for their home state of South Dakota: to have their legal marriage license recognized. But Attorney General Marty Jackley says he'll oppose them in court if they go through with their plans to sue the state for recognition.

WATCH: Your Chance To Crash NYC's Most Anticipated Gay Wedding Reception

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.02.2014 | Gay Voices

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is offering five lucky guests the chance to win a trip to New York and "crash" a May 19 wedding reception fo...

Ryan J. Reilly

In-Person Voter Fraud Is Virtually Nonexistent, Federal Judge Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Trying to crack down on in-person voter fraud isn't a strong enough justification for Wisconsin's voter ID law, a federal judge ruled Tu...

ACLU Sues Border Patrol For Records On 'Largely Opaque' Operations

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | Latino Voices

April 29 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has ignored repeated requests for stop-and-search data and other information related to its "ext...

Judge Strikes Down State's Voter ID Law

AP | By ANDREW DeMILLO | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge struck down the state's new voter ID law on Thursday, saying it violates the state constitution by adding...

Lawmakers Are Trying To Restrict Solitary Confinement

AP | By IVAN MORENO | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — A year after a Colorado inmate held in solitary confinement allegedly gunned down the state prisons chief upon being released, lawmake...

A Possible Revolution In Criminal Prosecution

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded cour...

Life on Hold: Asylum Delayed

Carmen Iguina | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Carmen Iguina

Detaining individuals for months while they wait for a "reasonable fear" determination is not only in violation of the immigration laws, but is also costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Group Takes Arkansas' Voter ID Law To Court

AP | ANDREW DEMILLO | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at t...