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UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

A dramatic change to U.S. asylum policy may put additional strain on overcrowded detention facilities.

UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Judge blocks Ohio abortion law, clinics to remain open

A federal judge temporarily blocked an Ohio law Wednesday that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, allowing clinics to continue to provide the procedure as a …

UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019

Washington attorney general, ACLU file suit to halt Trump Administration abortion rule

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a federal lawsuit in Spokane attempting to halt a Trump Administration rule that would prohibit government-funded health care providers from telling pregnant women …

Two U.S. citizens claim in lawsuit that feds detained them for speaking Spanish

Two U.S. citizens who say Customs and Border Protection officials detained them for speaking Spanish while they waited in a convenience store line in Havre, Montana, have filed a federal …

ACLU argues Idaho judge should force disclosure of execution drugs

Idaho’s attempt to withhold information about the source of its lethal injection drugs is similar to hiding the type of ammunition used by firing squads or the brand of rope …

Deaf community rails against new downtown mural

Members of the deaf community are railing against a new mural in downtown Idaho Falls because the painting incorrectly uses American Sign Language.

Judge tells U.S. officials, ACLU to come up with asylum plan

A federal judge on Friday called on the U.S. government and the American Civil Liberties Union to come up with a plan to address the rights of parents and children …

ACLU: Federal agencies setting ‘trap’ to deport immigrants

Federal immigration agencies have launched a coordinated campaign to arrest and deport immigrants seeking to become legal U.S. residents through marriage, according to documents released this week in a class-action …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …