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ACLU says U.S. will miss deadline to reunite migrant families

The American Civil Liberties Union said it appears the Trump administration will miss Tuesday’s court-ordered deadline to reunite scores of young migrant children with their parents.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:40 p.m.

Iowa court blocks 72-hour waiting period for abortion

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday struck down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, ruling that the restriction was unconstitutional and that “autonomy and …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a big victory for privacy interests in the …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

Amazon’s decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant’s reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped …


Court: Government can’t block immigrant teens from abortion

A federal court in Washington told the Trump administration Friday that the government can’t interfere with the ability of pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody to obtain abortions.


ACLU to Greyhound: Stop Border Patrol searches on buses

ACLU objects to Border Patrol searches of Greyhound buses in Spokane and other cities.


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 1:10 p.m.

ACLU sues Trump administration to stop family separation

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit Friday accusing the U.S. government of broadly separating immigrant families seeking asylum.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 10:42 a.m.

ACLU sues US over separation of mother, child seeking asylum

The American Civil Liberties Union accused the U.S. government on Monday of unlawfully separating a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter by holding them in different immigration facilities, two time …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 5:09 p.m.

Oklahoma considers chemical castration for sex offenders

A Republican lawmaker is pushing to add Oklahoma to the list of states in which so-called chemical castration is an option for certain sex offenders, albeit an option that rarely …


Advocacy groups want nurse practitioner to perform abortions

Two advocacy groups that support abortion rights are challenging the constitutionality of a Montana law that allows only physicians and physician assistants to perform abortions.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 7:35 p.m.

Idaho judge grants class action status for ACLU lawsuit

An Idaho judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho over public defender funding can move forward as a class action lawsuit.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Spokane settles federal lawsuit by Mexican national who claimed he was unlawfully detained by police

The City of Spokane has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a Mexican national who alleged he was unlawfully detained by an officer following an automobile collision, that he didn’t …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 23, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

Judge partially lifts Trump administration ban on refugees

A federal judge in Seattle on Saturday partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two groups argued that the policy prevented people from some mostly Muslim countries …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

Lawsuit: Pierce County mistreating mentally ill in jails

Pierce County and the sheriff’s office is violating the rights of mentally ill people held in its jail by subjecting them to illegal restraints and isolation, the American Civil Liberties …


Spin Control: Clash possible over new ‘no concealed guns in Senate Gallery’ rule

Some possible issues ahead for 2018 Legislature: gun rights in the Senate Gallery, censorship of social media, better training against sexual harassment.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Grays Harbor County settles ACLU lawsuit over teen solitary confinement

Grays Harbor County has agreed to pay $45,000 and to make policy changes to settle a lawsuit over its placement of teens in solitary confinement.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 3:27 p.m.

Seattle lawsuit challenges bar on entry of refugee’s family

A Somali refugee living in Washington is asking a federal judge to let his wife and young children join him in the United States, saying the Trump administration’s indefinite ban …


10-year-old immigrant with cerebral palsy released

U.S. authorities on Friday released a 10-year-old immigrant girl with cerebral palsy who had been detained by border agents after surgery because she is in the U.S. without legal permission.


Government says teen’s lawyers misled them in abortion case

The Trump administration on Friday accused lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of misleading the administration in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen who sought and obtained an …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 11:50 a.m.

ACLU: Teen at center of immigration case has abortion

An immigrant teen in federal custody who was seeking an abortion over the Trump administration’s objections had the procedure Wednesday after a U.S. appeals court ruled in her favor, her …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 1:36 p.m.

Transgender inmate settles Oregon lawsuit over medical care

The Oregon Department of Corrections has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a transgender inmate who says she was denied medical care.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

ACLU wants Idaho to restrict death penalty

A University of Idaho law professor and a group of advocates want to see Idaho pass rules that would prevent the mentally ill and juveniles from being subjected to the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

Judge orders government to allow abortion for immigrant

A judge has ordered the federal government to allow a pregnant 17-year old immigrant who entered the country illegally to undergo an abortion.


ACLU seeks to ban transgender bathroom initiative in Montana

The ACLU of Montana is challenging the constitutionality of a proposed ballot initiative that would require transgender residents to use public bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth.


Judge presses government on abortion access for immigrant

A federal judge said Wednesday she doesn’t understand why federal officials don’t “step aside” and allow a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 4:38 p.m.

Teen detained after crossing border fights to have abortion

Advocates for a pregnant 17-year-old girl held in a Texas facility for immigrant children who have crossed the border alone are asking a federal judge to allow her to get …


Bipartisan bill seeks to limit use of foreign surveillance

Republicans and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee set the stage for a fight with the White House by pushing a bill that would require law enforcement to get a …


ACLU sues PeaceHealth, says it didn’t cover transgender care

A former worker for a Catholic health care system in the Northwest is suing the organization, saying its insurance plan refused to cover gender-reassignment surgery for her teenage son.


Trump asks dismissal of travel ban case; opponents disagree

Opponents of the Trump administration travel ban are urging the Supreme Court to hear and decide a pending court challenge, despite a new travel policy that President Donald Trump announced …


ACLU challenges detention of American captured in Syria

The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday challenged the detention of a U.S. citizen who was picked up on the Syrian battlefield for allegedly fighting with Islamic State militants.