Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

ACLU challenges amendment blocking inmates' early release

Aug. 16, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia has filed a legal challenge to a last-minute amendment to the state budget that blocked the planned early release of hundreds of inmates this summer. The change affected the state’s earned sentence credit...

Judge: Transgender girl can rejoin school's softball team

Jul. 26, 2022 16:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Indianapolis Public Schools to allow a 10-year-old transgender girl to rejoin her school’s all-girls softball team while a lawsuit continues against a state law that bans transgender females from competing in girls school sports. ...

State constitutional challenge to Georgia abortion law filed

Jul. 26, 2022 15:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Abortion providers and advocacy groups filed a new lawsuit Tuesday challenging Georgia's abortion law based on privacy protections in the state Constitution. The law passed in 2019 effectively bans most abortions about six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women...

Wyoming abortion ban expected to take effect in coming days

Jul. 22, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Most abortions will become illegal in Wyoming on Wednesday after Gov. Mark Gordon gave the go-ahead Friday under a new state law. The law bans abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to protect the mother’s life or health, not including psychological...

Grand Rapids fingerprint practice declared unconstitutional

Jul. 22, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The practice of fingerprinting people without probable cause or a warrant is unconstitutional, the Michigan Supreme Court said Friday. The court unanimously said Grand Rapids police violated the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and...

Class status granted to lawsuit over public defender system

Jul. 18, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A judge has granted class status for an American Civil Liberties Union of Maine lawsuit over the system that provides attorneys to those who can’t afford them. The lawsuit contends there’s a failure to train, supervise and adequately fund a system to...

Detroit cash bail reforms to strike at racial inequality

Jul. 12, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

Michigan’s largest district court and bail reform advocates agreed Tuesday to settle a federal class-action lawsuit over cash bail practices, which activists say routinely and unconstitutionally jail poor and working class defendants despite evidence of their inability to pay. Both...

Teen died from smoke inhalation in Albuquerque house fire

Jul. 11, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities conducting an arson investigation at a southeast Albuquerque house fire say a 15-year-old boy whose body was found inside died from smoke inhalation. Albuquerque Fire Department officials said Sunday it might take about two weeks to complete...

Indiana's abortion laws may tighten before Legislature acts

Jul. 07, 2022 17:55 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s abortion laws will likely be tightened even before the Legislature is expected to start debating additional abortion restrictions later this month. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana conceded defeat Friday in their fight to...

Texas clinics halt abortions after state high court ruling

Jul. 02, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Clinics were shutting down abortion services in the nation's second-largest state Saturday after the Texas Supreme Court blocked an order briefly allowing the procedure to resume in some cases, the latest in legal scrambles taking place across the U.S. following the reversal...