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Judge Orders Trial In Contentious Abortions Case

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas' law that restricts private health insurance coverage for abortions will go to trial to resolve whether it poses a substantial...

Judge Regretfully Rules Law Doesn't Require US Government to Explain Its Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This is one of the best reasons I've heard yet for why the Obama administration should release the legal memos written to justify its overseas targeted killings of terror suspects, regardless of whether any court ever orders it to.

ACLU on Campus Protests Against Israel

David Moshman | Posted 02.15.2013 | College
David Moshman

At the intersection of equality and liberty lie many hard cases that require careful consideration of complex evidence and subtle balancing of competing rights. But this is not one of them. If I were the OCR I would listen to the ACLU and uphold free expression at Berkeley.

Military Commission Judge Rules Against Transparency in 9/11 Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.11.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Last week, Col. James Pohl, the military judge presiding over the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the five other men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, quietly issued a ruling ensuring the public won't learn any information about the men's torture at the hands of the U.S.

New Allegations Of Torture, Rights Violations In Terror Case

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK — A civil liberties group asked the Organization of American States' human rights commission Tuesday to investigate the U.S. government...

Arizona's Denial of Licenses for Immigrant Youths Won't Stop the DREAMers

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 01.29.2013 | Latino Voices
Anthony D. Romero

The ACLU and its partners today filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of young immigrants who came to the United States as children -- known as "Dreamers" -- to challenge Arizona's latest attempt to makes the lives of immigrants in the state unlivable.

Why Banning Offensive Speech on Campus Fails (VIDEO)

Will Creeley | Posted 01.29.2013 | College
Will Creeley

Censoring offensive speech is the wrong answer, particularly on our nation's college campuses. After all, the college campus has traditionally been an arena for debate and dialogue, and has been deemed by the Supreme Court to be "peculiarly the 'marketplace of ideas.'"

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 ...