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Court erases conviction of man in sex offender registry case

Jul. 27, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court threw out out the conviction of a man who was accused of failing to register under an old version of the state's sex offender registry. The court became the latest to declare that the 2011 law was unconstitutional when applied...

Woman's sanctions for displaying profane Biden signs dropped

Jul. 27, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

ROSELLE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town on Tuesday dropped sanctions against a woman who got into hot water for displaying profane signs attacking President Joe Biden. A municipal court judge in Roselle Park had ordered Patricia Dilascio to remove the signs or face...

Federal judges block transgender restrictions in 2 states

Jul. 21, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal judges on Wednesday temporarily blocked an Arkansas law banning gender confirming treatments for transgender youth and a West Virginia ban on trans athletes in women's sports, two major victories for LGBTQ advocates against a wave of restrictions approved by...

Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning most abortions

Jul. 20, 2021 22:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Arkansas law banning nearly all abortions in the state while she hears a challenge to its constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the...

ACLU calls on Cranston police to end traffic stop quota

Jul. 19, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A civil liberties organization on Monday called on a Rhode Island city to halt what it says is an illegal traffic stop quota by its police department. The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island said the Cranston Police Department has for...

Judge scraps order halting West Virginia needle exchange law

Jul. 16, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has scrapped a temporary restraining order on West Virginia’s new law that tightens requirements on needle exchange programs. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers made the decision Thursday, a week after saying he would consider...

ACLU sues Chicago police for social media monitoring records

Jul. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union wants the Chicago Police Department to turn over records about a team formed last year to monitor social media. In a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, the ACLU wants the court to compel the department to...

'God opened the door': Mystery surrounds US asylum picks

Jul. 14, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — In a packed camp for migrant families on Mexico's side of the busiest U.S. border crossing, Nelson Membreño has lived through a chickenpox outbreak, people's heavy drug use and night prowlers wielding knives. But he isn't more vulnerable than...

Inmates claim Indiana prison kept them in cruel conditions

Jul. 10, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) — Six inmates at an Indiana prison are alleging in lawsuits that they were kept in near-total darkness for weeks at a time and suffered electric shocks from exposed wires. The lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana claim...

Judge extends order halting WVa needle exchange law

Jul. 08, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge Thursday extended a temporary restraining order on West Virginia's new law that tightens requirements on needle exchange programs. U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers said he will mull the argument by plaintiffs that the law,...