Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

ACLU report says reducing cash bail could save Ohio millions

Sep. 17, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio could save up to $264 million a year by reducing the use of cash jail to house defendants before their case is resolved, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio released Thursday. That figure follows an 18-month analysis of court and jail data in two...

Plan calls for more testing of people without virus symptoms

Sep. 16, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are considering spending $50 million to dramatically ramp up testing of people who aren't showing obvious signs of the coronavirus. A state task force this week backed Kansas Health Secretary Lee Norman’s recommendation to use the federal stimulus money on...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Sep. 16, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Sept. 15 Dalton Daily Citizen-News on observing National Suicide Prevention Month: Suicide isn’t a topic we are all comfortable discussing. It can be an extremely sensitive subject for those who have considered taking their lives, or for those of us who have...

ACLU: Wichita schools disciplined teacher over Facebook post

Sep. 15, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita teacher who posted on Facebook about her concern over school reopening procedures was wrongly disciplined by the district, The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas says. The ACLU asked the Wichita school district in a letter to rescind the reprimand, the Wichita Eagle...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Mateo Barrera, 4, originally from El Salvador, whose family members benefit from Temporary Protected Status attends a news conference in Los Angeles. The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a preliminary injunction that had blocked the government from ending Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for people from those four countries. People from El Salvador would be most affected. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries

Sep. 14, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday. While an appeal is imminent and orders to leave wouldn't take...

FILE - This Oct. 20, 2011, file photo, shows the execution chamber at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution as Security Institution Warden Randy Blades look on in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Board of Correction didn't follow its own public records rules when prison officials refused to turn over some lethal injection records, American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho attorney Ritchie Eppink told the Idaho Supreme Court on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner, File)

Idaho Supreme Court considers lethal injection records case

Sep. 14, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Board of Correction didn't follow its own public records rules when prison officials refused to turn over some lethal injection records, American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho attorney Ritchie Eppink told the Idaho Supreme Court on Monday. But deputy attorney general Jessica...

Appeals court hears Baltimore's aerial surveillance case

Sep. 10, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

A panel of federal appeals court judges on Thursday appeared to have differing views on whether an aerial surveillance program in Baltimore should continue to be tested as a crime-fighting tool. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, heard oral arguments...

Tennessee city will allow abortion clinic, pay legal bill

Sep. 10, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee city that tried to outlaw surgical abortions has agreed to pay $225,000 in legal fees to attorneys representing an abortion clinic, according to an order entered in federal court in Nashville on Thursday. As part of the order, the city of Mt. Juliet also has agreed to...

FILE - In this April 6, 2020 file photo Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference at Liberty Plaza in downtown Atlanta. By requiring Georgia voters to provide their own stamps for mail-in ballots, the state is effectively imposing a poll tax that is an unconstitutional barrier to the right to vote, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia investigating 'potential double voting' in primary

Sep. 8, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's top elections official said Tuesday that his office has identified about 1,000 cases of “potential double voting” in the June primary election — a felony he's determined to see prosecuted. These voters submitted absentee ballots but also voted in person, a...

ACLU drops lawsuit alleging agency's retaliatory complaint

Sep. 7, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas on Monday dropped its lawsuit that accused a former lawyer for the state utilities regulating agency of filing a baseless, retaliatory complaint against two environmental activists. Last month, U.S. District Judge Holly Teeter gutted...