Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Federal judge blocks enforcement of anti-Israel boycott law

Apr. 25, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a Texas law that requires contractors to certify that they don't boycott Israel. In a 56-page opinion filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin said boycotts are protected free speech, declaring the law fails to serve a...

Judge gives US 6 months to identify children split at border

Apr. 25, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The federal government has six months to identify potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border early in President Donald Trump's term, a judge ordered Thursday. Trump administration officials said they had a goal of six months but...

Lawsuit seeks to block Indiana ban on abortion procedure

Apr. 25, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the state's attempt to ban a second-trimester abortion procedure, a day after the governor signed the measure into law. The bill passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature would prohibit dilation and...

Court rules police wrongdoing list must be made public

Apr. 24, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A secret list of more than 260 police officers in New Hampshire who have committed misconduct such as lying or excessive force must be made public, a court has ruled. Hillsborough Superior Court Judge Charles Temple agreed Tuesday with seven media outlets and the American Civil...

Civil rights group drops lawsuit against Oklahoma gun range

Apr. 23, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Muslim U.S. Army reservist asked to leave a gun range in eastern Oklahoma was dropped on Tuesday, with both sides declaring victory in the case. Court records show both sides agreed to the dismissal order filed in federal court in Muskogee. The lawsuit...

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

Apr. 19, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot...

Judge wants faster identification of separated families

Apr. 16, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge said Tuesday it appeared the Trump administration could identify potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border in much less time than the one to two years officials want to complete the work, though he was reluctant to impose a deadline....

ACLU says Georgia sheriff illegally banning books from jail

Apr. 10, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that a Georgia sheriff is violating the rights of jail inmates by prohibiting them from receiving outside books and magazines. The ACLU sent a letter to Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher urging him to rescind a new policy that says...

US says reuniting separated families laborious process

Apr. 7, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration wants up to two years to find potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border before a judge halted the practice last year, a task that it says is more laborious than previous efforts because the children are no longer in...

ACLU seeks to stop Trump on border wall funding

Apr. 5, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday asked a judge in California to block the Trump administration from building a border wall using funds obtained through his national emergency declaration. The court papers say President Donald Trump has overstepped his executive powers by...