Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Foster parents, ACLU resist Illinois Medicaid plan change

Nov. 16, 2019 8:36 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Foster parents and child care advocates are resisting a new Illinois Medicaid health care plan that is set to roll out next year, questioning whether it will adequately serve the needs of foster children. The plan, which is scheduled to begin Feb. 1, will be run by the private contractor...

ACLU: NJ marijuana arrests jump about 35% over 4 years

Nov. 15, 2019 1:18 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Marijuana-related arrests in New Jersey jumped about 35% over a four-year period ending in 2017, according to a report released Friday by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. The ACLU-NJ published the data — based on FBI crime figures — showing nearly 38,000...

Court rules against warrantless searches of phones, laptops

Nov. 12, 2019 11:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A federal court in Boston has ruled that warrantless U.S. government searches of the phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment. Tuesday's ruling in U.S. District Court came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil...

Border wall opponents in court trying to stop construction

Nov. 12, 2019 7:24 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday on a bid to halt military funding for construction of President Donald Trump's border wall as the pace of construction raises questions about whether time is running out for the administration's critics. The administration has begun work on...

Jail inmates sue over North Carolina county's bail system

Nov. 12, 2019 4:24 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A group of North Carolina jail inmates filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a county's cash bail requirements, saying the system unfairly jails the poor while letting people with money go home. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of three...

Transgender candidate elected to City Council in Rochester

Nov. 8, 2019 5:06 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An ACLU representative has made history as the first openly transgender person to be elected to a city council in New Hampshire. Seacoastonline.com reports 30-year-old Palana Belken was elected Tuesday in Rochester. She defeated longtime incumbent city councilor and Democratic state...

Court upholds ruling against Arkansas anti-begging law

Nov. 6, 2019 6:25 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled against an Arkansas anti-loitering law that opponents say unfairly targets panhandlers, siding with a lower court judge who called the measure "plainly unconstitutional." A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld...

Florida high court hears arguments on felon voting rights

Nov. 6, 2019 1:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court began considering Wednesday whether a voter-approved constitutional amendment restoring the voting rights of felons who complete their sentences means they also have to pay court-ordered fines, fees and restitution. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis believes...

Alaska judge weighs whether to dismiss veto lawsuit

Nov. 5, 2019 9:17 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit by a civil liberties group saying Gov. Mike Dunleavy's veto of nearly $335,000 from the state court system budget was unconstitutional and retaliatory. Attorneys for the state contend the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is...

ACLU says it found problems with Georgia voter removal plan

Nov. 4, 2019 11:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia says there are discrepancies in the list of voter registrations the Georgia secretary of state's office intends to cancel if the registrant doesn't respond to a mailing. The secretary of state's office said last week that it plans to notify more...