Stories tagged: ACLU
UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 10:12 p.m.
Judge OKs lawsuit over once-secret immigrant vetting program
A class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by Muslims can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:57 p.m.
Federal judge in Spokane asked to provide Poland with CIA torture evidence from Mitchell and Jessen
A federal judge in Spokane has been asked to turn over evidence needed to determine a legal dispute in Poland regarding whether laws were broken when that country allowed the …
Tue., May 23, 2017, 2:09 p.m.
ACLU files racial discrimination complaint against school district
The ACLU of Montana has filed a discrimination complaint on behalf of four Native Americans who said they were denied early entry to a high school basketball game in Reed …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 8:04 a.m.
ACLU criticizes use of neck holds after Vegas man’s death
An unarmed man’s death after Las Vegas police grabbed him in a neck hold has put a much-criticized law enforcement technique to subdue people back in the spotlight.
Thu., May 11, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Deaf Japanese tourist claims mistreatment at Hawaii airport
A deaf Japanese tourist was illegally denied a sign-language interpreter while she was detained and interrogated after landing at the Honolulu International Airport, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii …
UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:46 p.m.
Idaho faces class-action lawsuit over failure to provide kosher meals for Jewish prisoners
Despite years of warnings, Idaho’s state prison system is continuing to refuse to provide kosher meals to Jewish inmates, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed by the ACLU of …
Wed., May 10, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
ACLU warns travelers about visiting Texas after ‘sanctuary cities’ ban made law
The American Civil Liberties Union has put out a “travel alert” for anyone planning to visit Texas, just days after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a so-called “sanctuary cities” ban …
Mon., May 8, 2017, 3:36 p.m.
Judges raise thorny questions about revised Trump travel ban
A challenge to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban appears to hinge on whether a federal appeals court agrees that the Republican’s past anti-Muslim statements can be used against him.
Fri., April 28, 2017, 5 a.m.
ACLU report critical overall on school resource officers but cites Spokane Public Schools for good policing policy
Police in Washington schools are expensive, largely unregulated and widespread, according to a report published by the ACLU earlier this week. And although Spokane Public Schools’ school police force is …
Sat., April 15, 2017
Vickie L. Raines: State shirking duty to finance indigent public defense
It is time for the state of Washington to step up to the responsibility the U.S. Supreme Court gave it and fund counties for this service.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 1:23 p.m.
ACLU Montana memberships triples, donations increase
The ACLU of Montana says its membership has tripled and an interest from donors and supporters of civil liberties has been heightened.
Tue., April 4, 2017
ACLU: Washington not ensuring kids get adequate legal help
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is suing the state’s Office of Public Defense in an effort to get the state to do more to make sure children charged …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 11 a.m.
Bill lifting some alcohol restrictions moves to Idaho House
An Idaho House panel has advanced legislation repealing the state’s ban on nudity and explicit live performances at certain businesses licensed to serve alcohol.
UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Bill seeks voter referendum on transgender bathroom use
A Montana lawmaker introduced a bill Friday calling for a voter referendum on whether to ban transgender people from school and public restrooms and locker rooms that don’t match their …
Fri., March 10, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
ACLU files ethics complaint over Sessions testimony to Senate committee
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed an ethics complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his testimony to a Senate committee that he had no communications with the Russian …
UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 12:53 p.m.
Trump administration to keep CIA torture records secret relating to Mitchell and Jessen
The Trump Administration will keep secret scores of records pertaining to the government’s relationship between the CIA and two former Spokane psychologists who were the architects of controversial torture techniques …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Federal judge sets records deadline in torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen
A federal judge gave a hard deadline Monday for U.S. government attorneys to decide whether they will keep some records secret about the relationship between the CIA and two psychologists …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
Torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen could face more delays
A federal judge appears to be growing weary of continued delays in the complex legal battle by three men who claim they were victims of torture that was designed, and …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 7:27 a.m.
ACLU says it got $24 million in donations this weekend, six times yearly average
In the weeks after the Nov. 8 election, when Donald Trump secured a surprise victory to become president of the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union received so much …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
New driver’s license won’t flag undocumented residents, sponsor says
Standard driver’s license won’t be good for federal ID, but won’t single out undocumented immigrants, senator says.
Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 8:13 p.m.
Texas officer on restricted duty after videotaped arrests
A white Texas police officer was placed on restricted duty Thursday while an internal investigation looks into a video showing the officer wrestling a black woman to the ground before …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 8:18 a.m.
ACLU files lawsuit over juvenile solitary confinement
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state says it’s suing Grays Harbor County for records related to its juvenile detention facility, following reports that a 15-year-old boy was placed …
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016, 5:05 p.m.
ACLU and parents ask Spokane school district to address racism
A local coalition of parents and child advocates, as well as the ACLU of Washington, has asked Spokane Public Schools to publicly address reported incidents of racism and harassment.
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 8 a.m.
ACLU warns Yakima about lawsuit risk on homeless policy
The American Civil Liberties Union is warning Yakima that its homeless policy is putting the city at risk of a lawsuit.
Tue., Oct. 18, 2016, 1:24 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: One of Spokane’s torture doctors trying to keep his waterboarding book secret before trial
Spokane’s torture doctors have been battling for months to pry information out of the CIA as they try to defend themselves against a federal lawsuit. Now one of them is …
Sun., Sept. 18, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
Group looking at police use of deadly force debates law
A task force looking at the use of deadly force by police in Washington state is considering whether to change the law.
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 12:45 p.m.
Groups press Walgreens on religious restrictions in clinics
Four groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union are asking Walgreens for reassurance that the drugstore’s partnership with a Catholic system to run in-store clinics in the St. Louis …
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 5 a.m.
Pasco approves consent decree in ACLU voting rights lawsuit
The Pasco City Council has approved the submission of documents to a federal judge agreeing that the city’s at-large system for electing council members violates the federal Voting Rights Act.
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 2:20 p.m.
Pasco’s voting system weakens Latino voice, ACLU lawsuit says
The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is following up on a lawsuit that forced voting changes in Yakima with a similar case against Pasco, alleging that the …
Wed., July 13, 2016, 2:34 p.m.
Police treatment of Baton Rouge protesters leads to ACLU lawsuit
Civil rights groups and activists sued Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies over their treatment of protesters rallying against the police shooting death of a black man, saying officers used excessive …