Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Judge denies 19-year-old's ask to attend father's execution

Nov. 26, 2022 13:09 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from a 19-year-old woman to allow her to watch her father’s death by injection, upholding a Missouri law that bars anyone under 21 from witnessing an execution. Kevin Johnson is set to be executed Tuesday for killing Kirkwood,...

Immigrants, DHS settle case seeking activist targeting info

Nov. 22, 2022 14:26 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has agreed to pay a Vermont-based immigrant advocacy organization $74,000 in legal fees to settle a lawsuit seeking information about whether advocates were being targeted by immigration agents because of their political activism. ...

19-year-old asks court to let her watch father's execution

Nov. 21, 2022 15:00 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 19-year-old woman is asking a federal court to allow her to watch her father's death by injection, despite a Missouri law barring anyone under 21 from witnessing an execution. Kevin Johnson faces execution Nov. 29 for killing Kirkwood, Missouri, Police Officer...

Judge overturns Georgia's ban on abortion around 6 weeks

Nov. 15, 2022 17:24 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge overturned Georgia’s ban on abortion starting around six weeks into a pregnancy, ruling Tuesday that it violated the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court precedent when it was enacted three years ago and was therefore void. Fulton County Superior Court...

Nevada high court rejects plea to stop county's hand-count

Nov. 14, 2022 22:10 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court denied an emergency writ from two voting rights groups on Monday that sought to shut down a controversial hand-count of all paper ballots in rural Nye County, meaning that the county clerk can continue the hand-counting of ballots that have been counted...

District to revive student newspaper axed after LGBTQ issue

Nov. 14, 2022 15:31 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska public school district that shuttered a student newspaper following an LGBTQ-focused edition has agreed to bring it back next year in digital form, according to the teacher who advised the publication. That's not good enough, according to a...

Brown disputes ACLU's take on Title IX case

Nov. 09, 2022 09:58 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University is taking issue with a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union regarding a court order that requires the Ivy league school to pay more than $1 million to cover fees and expenses related to a legal challenge to the university's plan to drop some...

Suit seeks to have mail-in votes lacking dates counted

Nov. 05, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Several Pennsylvania groups represented by the American Civil Liberties Union have filed suit in federal court seeking to have votes from mail-in or absentee ballots counted even if they lack proper dates on their return envelopes. The suit filed Friday night...

Nevada secretary of state declines to lift hand-count ban

Nov. 05, 2022 01:35 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s secretary of state declined Friday to lift a ban on a rural county’s controversial early hand-count of mail-in ballots, saying a modified procedure the county clerk proposed still raises “concerns relating to the integrity of the election.” ...

Nevada ACLU requests probe into alleged partisan hand-count

Nov. 03, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada asked the state’s secretary of state Wednesday to investigate what it called a “coordinated partisan election administration effort” during rural Nye County’s hand-count of mail-in ballots that was shut down last week until...