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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

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

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

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 …

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

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

ACLU, Benton County settle lawsuit over court fines

Benton County in southeast Washington has ended its practice of jailing people or requiring them to toil on work crews if they fail to pay court fines and fees.

Idaho jail no longer requires federal oversight

Seven years after the American Civil Liberties Union sued over overcrowding and other conditions, the Canyon County Jail is no longer required to have federal oversight.

Justice Department says indigent defendants have right to sue Idaho

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 …

Voting rights case costs Yakima $3 million

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 …

Torture case against Spokane psychologists may continue, judge rules

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 …

Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Indiana over new abortion law

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.

Amy Goodman: States stepping up anti-LGBT activities

The bathroom ban is a symptom of systemic, institutionalized discrimination against transgender people.

Lawyers: Children need lawyers in immigration court

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 governor says no to law on transgender bathrooms

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 …

Citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police, judge rules

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.

Editorial: Poor Idahoans deserve a lawyer

Judge dismisses case filed by defendants who claim their constitutional rights are being violated.

Shawn Vestal: Idaho legal battles a financial boon to liberal causes

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 …

Shawn Vestal: ACLU finally calling Mitchell and Jessen’s torture program by the right name

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 …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 13, 2015

ACLU sues psychologists over CIA interrogation tactics

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 …