Tag: American Civil Liberties Union

Supreme Court Could Roll Back Sex Discrimination Protections

Not long after the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, he and his eight associates will devote one entire day to three cases which will determine the future of LGBTQ and women’s rights under the law. On October 8th, the Court will hear oral arguments in three cases concerning protection […]

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A Critical Threat to Sex Discrimination Protections

Not long after the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, he and his eight associates will devote one entire day to three cases which will determine the future of LGBTQ and women’s rights under the law. On October 8, the Court will hear oral arguments in three cases concerning protection […]

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U.S. Tries to Seize Edward Snowden’s Proceeds From New Memoir

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued the former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday, seeking to seize his proceeds from his new memoir because he did not submit the manuscript for review before it was published so officials could make sure it contained no classified information. Mr. Snowden, whose 2013 leaks of top-secret documents about […]

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Does a Kansas Inmate Have a Right to Opioid Addiction Drugs? A Judge Will Decide

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a federal prison in Kansas to force it to provide an inmate with buprenorphine, an opioid addiction medication, saying the man would “inevitably suffer and possibly die” without it. Officials at the Leavenworth federal penitentiary are not providing the inmate, Leaman Crews, with the buprenorphine he needs to […]

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We Sent Jimmy Aldaoud to Die in Iraq

When you foresee a death, there’s no joy in being right. On June 4, I told my colleagues that Jimmy Aldaoud — a medically frail Michigan man who came to the United States in 1979 when he was an infant — was not going to survive. That was the day his sister Rita Bolis called […]

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More Than 900 Migrant Children Have Been Separated From Their Families Over Past Year

LOS ANGELES — More than a year after President Trump officially ended migrant family separations at the southern border, immigration authorities continue to routinely separate families for reasons as minor as a parent not changing a baby’s diaper or having a traffic citation for driving without a license, according to new documents filed Tuesday in […]

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Did Puerto Rican Police Go Too Far During Protests? What the Video Shows.

For two weeks in July, Puerto Rico erupted in popular anger against Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló, whose leaked texts revealed an inner circle that jokingly dismissed the island’s woes, including the thousands left dead by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Infuriated and demanding his removal, protesters took aim at the symbol of Mr. Rosselló’s authority: La […]

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Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Anti-Abortion Laws for Now

In an 11th-hour ruling, a federal judge temporarily blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect in Arkansas on Wednesday, including a law that bans the procedure after 18 weeks and another that could threaten to close the state’s only surgical abortion clinic. The decision, issued minutes before midnight on Tuesday by Judge Kristine G. […]

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A Day After It Was Filed, New Trump Asylum Policy Gets Hit in Court

LOS ANGELES — A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups on Tuesday sued the Trump administration in federal court, challenging a new rule intended to severely restrict the ability of people fleeing persecution to apply for asylum in the United States. The groups filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California in San Francisco, seeking […]

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Most Migrants at Border With Mexico Would Be Denied Asylum Protections Under New Trump Rule

WASHINGTON — Most migrants who travel by land to enter the United States from the Mexican border will be denied asylum protections according to plans the Trump administration announced Monday. The new rule was expected to be immediately challenged in court. The rule goes into effect on Tuesday. It is one of the broadest attempts […]

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Florida Limits Ex-Felon Voting, Prompting a Lawsuit and Cries of ‘Poll Tax’

MIAMI — Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida signed into law on Friday significant restrictions to the recently restored voting rights of people with felony convictions, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union to sue the state hours later. The new law requires people with serious criminal histories to fully pay back fines and fees to the […]

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Lone Missouri Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open in Dispute with State

ST. LOUIS — Missouri’s only abortion clinic was temporarily spared on Friday, after a state commission gave it more time to resolve its licensing dispute with the state health department. The conflict, over whether the clinic has complied with health department requirements, has threatened to make Missouri the first state in about 45 years where […]

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Trump Bets We’ll Stop Caring About Migrant Kids

Exactly one year ago on Thursday, after a national uproar, Donald Trump signed an executive order ending his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. Six days later, a federal judge ordered the reunification of thousands of parents and children whom the American government had torn apart. Even though the separation policy had […]

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How Surveillance Cameras Could Be Weaponized With A.I.

Businesses and the government have spent years installing millions of surveillance cameras across the United States. Now, that technology is on the verge of getting a major upgrade, the American Civil Liberties Union warns in a new report. Advancements in artificial intelligence could supercharge surveillance, allowing camera owners to identify “unusual” behavior, recognize actions like […]

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Ending Secret ‘Dark Money’ Political Donations in New Jersey

Television viewers across New Jersey have been seeing a lot of Gov. Philip D. Murphy, standing tall against a deep blue sky in an ad campaign promoting his plan to raise taxes on the wealthy. But while Mr. Murphy, a Democrat, may star in the ads, the money to pay for them came from a […]

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Hollywood Producer Seeks to Raise Funds to Battle Anti-Abortion Laws

LOS ANGELES — One of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters, the producer and investor Peter Chernin, has started a campaign to raise millions of dollars to help fund a legal attack on new anti-abortion laws in Georgia and other states. Mr. Chernin, who stepped down as Rupert Murdoch’s longtime top lieutenant in 2009 to start his own […]

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Fight’s On: ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue to Stop Alabama’s Virtual Abortion Ban

A protester wears an “I stand with Planned Parenthood” shirt at a May 21, 2019, rally in Atlanta against recently passed abortion ban bills. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage (Getty) Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Alabama’s law that bans abortions except in cases of “serious” […]

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