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The national American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 by a group of men and women working to protect the rights of conscientious objectors. Today the ACLU helps citizens by investigating, evaluating, and if necessary, litigating claims that their civil liberties have been infringed... [ ACLU ]


ACLU settles lawsuit challenging post-9/11 detentions
January 16, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached a settlement Thursday in a case against the US government challenging the constitutionality of detaining Muslim men as material witnesses without sufficient cause. The case alleged that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the US government implement....... [more]

Mosque Controversy in Georgia
January 9, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Azadeh Shahshahani, of the ACLU of Georgia, discusses a recent controversy surrounding a mosque in Georgia ... Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant comments....... [more]

ACLU urges Supreme Court to review Wisconsin voter ID law
January 8, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a petition asking the US Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling upholding Wisconsin's voter identification law. Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo ID to vote, was struck down by a federal distric....... [more]

Federal judge enters final ruling on Indiana abortion clinic law
January 8, 2015
Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana entered a permanent injunction Wednesday barring Indiana law IC 16-18-2, which would redefine what qualifies as an abortion clinic and shut down Planned Parenthood's Lafayette facility. The law was barred for im....... [more]

St. Louis grand juror sues prosecutor over gag order
January 5, 2015
Grand Juror Doe (Doe), who served on the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case, sued St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch Monday, challenging a gag order. Doe wishes to speak about his experience and contribute to public dialogue on race issues. In this civil rights action....... [more]

UK High Court rules prison book ban unlawful
December 6, 2014
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ....... [more]

Utah reaches settlement over immigration law
November 26, 2014
The Utah Attorney General's Office reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday over a controversial immigration law. The "Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act" was criticized as encouraging racial profiling as it allowed police officers to stop individuals to....... [more]

ACLU challenges Nebraska same-sex marriage ban
November 19, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Nebraska and the Nebraska law firm Koenig| Dunne on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the District of Nebraska, was drafted in....... [more]

ACLU petitions Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage
November 15, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition for certiorari on behalf of same-sex couples in Ohio with the US Supreme Court on Friday asking the court to resolve a circuit split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit became t....... [more]

ACLU sues US Army for denying Sikh student enrollment in ROTC
November 13, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with United Sikhs, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the US Army for refusing to allow a Sikh college student to enlist in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program unless he shaves his beard, removes his turban and cuts his hair. The stud....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments in NSA surveillance case
November 5, 2014
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone data surveillance program. Prior to oral arguments, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier....... [more]




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