Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

ACLU seeks release of 2 convicted of murder based on new law

Jan. 14, 2022 13:35 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island asked the state's highest court Friday to order the release on parole of two men convicted as teenagers of murder and sentenced to life in prison, saying they are being held in violation of a new state law. ...

Judge orders Mississippi city to allow mosque construction

Jan. 04, 2022 17:57 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new federal court order says a Mississippi city must allow construction of a mosque, two months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city on behalf of two Muslim men who want to develop the place of worship. The...

Court: Police shooting victim family may get video, 911 tape

Dec. 30, 2021 15:59 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The lawyer for the family of a Burlington woman who was shot and killed by a police officer in January 2015 may seek the release of police car dashboard camera video and any unreleased 911 call audio, the Iowa Supreme Court said Thursday. The decision is a...

ACLU demands answers about transit agency data breach

Dec. 29, 2021 12:12 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is demanding more answers about a data breach at the state's public bus service, including why the personal information of state employees who don't even work for the agency was compromised. The Rhode Island...

ACLU: Ref failed to accommodate deaf wrestler in title match

Dec. 29, 2021 11:47 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is urging the Nebraska School Activities Association to revise its bylaws and discipline a referee whom it said failed to accommodate the communication needs of a deaf high school wrestler, potentially costing him a state championship. ...

ACLU lawsuit accuses prison officers of excessive force

Dec. 18, 2021 13:27 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday by civil rights lawyers claims officers at a Delaware prison beat two inmates without justification. Attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware represent the lawsuit's plaintiffs, William “Bill” Davis and...

Groups seek probe of Alabama use of virus funds for prisons

Dec. 17, 2021 19:58 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Nearly two dozen organizations have sent a letter asking the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to investigate Alabama's plan to use $400 million in coronavirus pandemic relief funds to build two super-size prisons. The American Civil Liberties Union...

US regulators lift in-person restrictions on abortion pill

Dec. 16, 2021 20:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday permanently removed a major obstacle for women seeking abortion pills, eliminating a long-standing requirement that they pick up the medication in person. Millions of American women will now be able to get a...

US pulls out of settlement talks in family separation suits

Dec. 16, 2021 18:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government withdrew Thursday from settlement negotiations to end lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who were forcibly separated under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance border policy. Justice Department officials informed lawyers for...

Media groups sue Iowa governor over open records law

Dec. 16, 2021 17:34 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three media organizations and their reporters sued Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday, alleging she has repeatedly violated the state's open records laws by ignoring requests for government records. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is representing...