Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

A federal judge has ruled that Dodge City's elections don't discriminate against Latinos

Jul. 11, 2024 16:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a Latino majority's voting rights aren't violated by the election system in the former Wild West town in Kansas that inspired the long-running television series “Gunsmoke.” U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren concluded that Dodge...

Lawsuit says Pennsylvania county deliberately hid decisions to invalidate some mail-in ballots

Jul. 01, 2024 14:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania county's elected commissioners were sued Monday over a policy adopted for this year's primary in which people whose mail-in ballots were disqualified for technical violations say they were purposely not informed in time to fix errors. ...

Detroit paying $300,000 to man wrongly accused of theft, making changes in use of facial technology

Jun. 28, 2024 17:32 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has agreed to pay $300,000 to a man who was wrongly accused of shoplifting and also change how police use facial recognition technology to solve crimes. The conditions are part of a lawsuit settlement with Robert Williams. His driver's license...

Parents’ lawsuit forces California schools to track discrimination against students

Jun. 28, 2024 12:45 PM EDT

California will play a more active role in ensuring school districts don’t discriminate against students with disabilities, English learners and Black students, under a legal settlement announced this week. The agreement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of...

He flipped off a trooper and got charged. Now Vermont is on the hook for $175,000

Jun. 26, 2024 18:09 PM EDT

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has agreed to pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit on behalf of a man who was charged with a crime for giving a state trooper the middle finger in 2018, the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed in 2021...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 26, 2024 17:04 PM EDT

Uniontown Herald Standard. June 25, 2024. Editorial: Pennsylvanians deserve a better indigent defense system In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miranda vs. Arizona that criminal defendants were entitled to say nothing so as to not incriminate themselves, and...

Judge upholds North Carolina's anti-rioting law, dismisses civil liberties suit

Jun. 26, 2024 16:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a civil rights group challenging North Carolina's anti-rioting law, whose criminal penalties were raised last year by state legislators. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina sued over the law,...

New law requires all Louisiana public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

Jun. 20, 2024 05:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has become the first state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every public school classroom, the latest move from a GOP-dominated Legislature pushing a conservative agenda under a new governor. The legislation that Republican Gov....

NY governor's subway mask ban proposal sparks debate over right to anonymous protest

Jun. 14, 2024 18:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new proposal by Gov. Kathy Hochul to ban masks on the New York subway is drawing backlash from civil liberties groups and disability advocates, reviving a long-standing debate about the right to anonymous protest that has only grown more complex since the pandemic. ...

President Joe Biden faces first lawsuit over new asylum crackdown at the border

Jun. 13, 2024 05:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups sued the Biden administration on Wednesday over President Joe Biden’s recent directive that effectively halts asylum claims at the southern border, saying it differs little from a similar move by the Trump administration that was...