Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Kobach's defeat puts future of voter database in doubt

Jan. 18, 2019 7:55 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The future of a much-criticized database that checks if voters are illegally registered in multiple states is up in the air after its patron, Kris Kobach, lost the Kansas race for governor and is out of elected office. A spokeswoman for Kobach's successor as Kansas secretary of state...

ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran

Jan. 16, 2019 8:18 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec. 17...

North Carolina county to pay ACLU $285K for prayer lawsuit

Jan. 11, 2019 9:09 AM EST

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — The years-long fight over a North Carolina county commission's practice of opening meetings with Christian prayers and inviting audience members to join is over, with commissioners agreeing to pay $285,000 in legal fees. The Salisbury Post reports that Rowan County commissioners on...

Lawmaker hopes state's action lead to demise of Roe v. Wade

Jan. 10, 2019 6:36 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — With Kentucky embroiled in three abortion-related court cases and lawmakers considering tougher restrictions almost certain to draw a legal challenge, a leading Republican senator said Thursday that he hopes the state's actions lead to a Supreme Court review of the Roe v. Wade ruling....

Fetal heartbeat: New abortion-related fight in Kentucky

Jan. 9, 2019 5:39 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Already mired in three lawsuits over abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers are ratcheting up the stakes with a new bill to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. As a new legislative session opens, the measure appeared to be on a fast track in the...

Correction: Ferguson-School Lawsuit story

Jan. 8, 2019 4:36 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a story Jan. 7 about school board elections in a Missouri district that includes students from the city of Ferguson, The Associated Press reported erroneously that cumulative voting allows people to cast as many votes as there are candidates. Cumulative voting allows people to cast as...

Drag queens may read to kids at a Louisiana library

Jan. 4, 2019 3:08 PM EST

A Louisiana library has agreed to let Drag Queen Story Time take place in one of its meeting rooms, the ACLU of Louisiana said. The Lafayette Public Library said in a statement emailed Friday that any group following its meeting room guidelines and patron behavior policy may use meeting rooms. Acadiana Supporters...

Voting rights case costs Kansas county about $70,000 so far

Jan. 2, 2019 4:25 PM EST

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — A county in western Kansas has paid more than $70,000 so far to a legal firm hired to defend an official who moved Dodge City's only polling place to outside the iconic Wild West town ahead of the November election. Ford County paid the Hinkle Law Firm $71,481 in October and...

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

Dec. 25, 2018 5:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group has sued the U.S. government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans' phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year. The American Civil Liberties Union...

Appeals court knocks down rulings in Iraqi deportation case

Dec. 20, 2018 8:32 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court on Thursday overturned key rulings by a federal judge who had slowed down or suspended the deportation of Iraqi nationals across the country during more than a year of litigation against the Trump administration. In a 2-1 decision, the court agreed with the U.S. Justice...