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10.07.14 Rhett Jones

A federal judge ruled on Monday that a policy which forces demonstrators in Ferguson to stay in motion or face arrest hampers a citizen’s right to protest. In her preliminary injunction against what the ACLU billed as the “5-Second Rule,” Judge Catherine D. Perry said “the practice of requiring peaceful demonstrators and others to walk, […]

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01.08.14 Andy Cush

In a battle of the acronyms, the Insane Clown Posse (ICP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are teaming up to sue the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In 2011, the FBI filed a report labeling Juggalos–ICP fans–as a “a loosely organized hybrid gang.” ICP have sued once before, but now they’re bringing out […]

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07.31.13 Andy Cush

A federal court just ruled that police do not need a warrant to seize your cell phone’s location data, because that data is not protected under the Fourth Amendment. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that location information is “clearly a business record,” and that “the government does not require a […]

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06.04.13 Andy Cush

New data from the ACLU shows a staggering racial disparity in cannabis arrests nationwide: In 2010, black Americans were four times more likely to be arrested on charges related to the plant than whites, even though rates at which each group smoked weed were similar. “We found that in virtually every county in the country, […]

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04.16.13 Andy Cush

The American Civil Liberties Union is appealing a court decision that allows the CIA and the Obama administration to keep secret their legal justification for its drone strike program. The decision, passed by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon of New York in January, is almost comical in its catch-22 thorniness: … this court is constrained […]

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02.10.12 Marina Galperina

Since cops coast to coast have suddenly forgotten that it’s our constitutional right to photograph what happens in the street and have been pushing around pros and citizen journalists alike, the ACLU, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the Gregory Brothers made this cartoon. […]

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01.05.12 Bucky Turco

On Wednesday, a federal judge told Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to stop being such a bitch about Proposition 203, a bill that voters passed by referendum in 2010 to legalize medical weed. […]

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04.20.11 Bucky Turco

Thank goodness for the ACLU. The defenders of the Constitution are calling attention to the Michigan State Police for using a gadget that can download personal data from the cell phones of persons they pull over… even if they haven’t been charged with a crime. Called “extraction devices,” the gizmos are capable of capturing “text […]

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11.15.10 Lauri Apple

Many Internetters (including me) went all Dee Snider this weekend over the Transportation Security Administration’s new security measures, which involve officers fondling and groping people in their private-est places at airport security checkpoints. […]

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10.01.09 Bucky Turco

The ACLU isn’t happy about the Sacramento City Council’s decision to install 32 surveillance cameras around the city and say it will do more harm than good. |KRCA| […]

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