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The U.S. Justice Department is supporting the right of criminal defendants to sue Idaho over inadequate public defense in a case that involves two North Idaho prosecutions. Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a brief this week supporting the ability of indigent defendants to sue over violations of their constitutional right to legal representation.
The final invoices are in, the ACLU has been awarded costs and fees, and Yakima is out $3 million as the book closes on its long voting rights battle in federal court.
The American Civil Liberties Union earned a victory in court Friday as U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ordered attorneys for Spokane psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell to cooperate in producing documents related to the pair’s methods of interrogation, which have been called torture. Jessen and Mitchell argue they were acting under authority from the CIA and should be legally immune.
The state of Indiana is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky over the abortion law recently signed by Gov. Mike Pence.
The bathroom ban is a symptom of systemic, institutionalized discrimination against transgender people.
Government lawyers urged a federal judge March 24 to remove certain children listed in a lawsuit that seeks to require court-appointed lawyers for indigent children who enter the country illegally.
South Dakota’s governor vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have made the state the first in the U.S. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their sex at birth.
The American Civil Liberties Union plans to appeal a recent federal court ruling that citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police officers on duty.
Judge dismisses case filed by defendants who claim their constitutional rights are being violated.
An Idaho judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the state seeking to improve the public defense system in Idaho. Fourth District Judge Samuel Hoagland issued his ruling Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho sued the state in June contending that state officials have known for year...
Here’s a delicious conspiracy theory. Idaho’s Constitutional Defense Fund – a taxpayer-funded account to pay for the state’s culture-war legal battles – is actually an elaborate, stealth operation to funnel money to organizations and attorneys supporting abortion, gay marriage and Occupy Boise. It is a secret strategy for Idaho lawmakers to finance the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and teachers unions.
There has long been a war of words surrounding the U.S. torture program developed and implemented by two Spokane psychologists. Today, the ACLU used a new word to describe it - “murder.”
The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday sued two former Air Force psychologists who designed a CIA program that used harsh interrogation techniques to elicit intelligence from suspected terrorists, saying the pair endorsed and taught torture tactics under the guise of science.
Eastern State Hospital continues to struggle with a federal judge’s order to evaluate criminal defendants for mental illness promptly. Delayed evaluation means defendants who may have a mental illness wait months for resolution of cases that can’t move forward until an Eastern State evaluator decides whether they’re competent to stand trial.
Despite five years of warnings, Idaho has continued to violate the U.S. and Idaho constitutions by failing to provide poor people charged with crimes with lawyers who can adequately defend them, a class-action lawsuit filed today charges. Instead, the state has responded by creating a...