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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

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

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.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017

ACLU sues to challenge FDA limits on access to abortion pill

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Tuesday in a challenge to federal restrictions that limit many women’s access to the so-called abortion pill.


ACLU fights federal warrants seeking political communications of Facebook users

Civil liberties lawyers are trying to block federal investigators from searching the Facebook accounts of local activists connected to protests of President Trump’s inauguration and for information the attorneys say …


ACLU sues St. Louis over treatment of protesters

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis on Friday over what it called “unlawful and unconstitutional action” during demonstrations that followed …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017

ACLU sues Trump over ‘political’ ban on transgender soldiers

President Donald Trump was sued again over his plan to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military, setting the stage for another bruising court battle about a directive from …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

In what ACLU calls ‘historic victory,’ settlement reached in CIA interrogation suit of 2 former Spokane psychologists

A settlement was announced Thursday in a landmark lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against two psychologists involved in designing the CIA’s harsh interrogation program used in the


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Judge clears path for torture trial against Spokane psychologists involved in CIA waterboarding

A visibly shaken Dror Ladin labored in court as he tried on July 28 to convince U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush why the ACLU’s lawsuit on behalf of three …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

Federal judge questions civil torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen

The torture civil suit against two Spokane psychologists will continue to the next round, but a federal judge cast doubt Friday as to whether he’ll let the case proceed without …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

Spokane psychologists turn to Nuremberg trial ruling on Nazi gas killings to defend role in torture

The attorneys defending Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen are arguing that the successful defense of the “gas technician” of the firm that developed Zyklon B used by Nazis …


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017

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

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 …


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 …


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.


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

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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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

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 …