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  • ACLU files lawsuit claiming BRPD violated rights of protesters

    July 13, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ACLU of Louisiana and other civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the Baton Rouge Police Department and other law enforcement agencies that were present for protests last weekend. In that lawsuit, the ACLU claims that the First Amendment rights of demonstrators were... more »
  • ACLU raises questions about officers' bodycams

    July 6, 2016 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of the ACLU Louisiana says serious questions need to be asked whether body cameras were working properly when two white officers fatally shot a black man outside a convenience store. Baton Rouge police said earlier Wednesday that the bodycam footage became dislodged during an... more »
  • Law blocking anti-discrimination ordinance heading to court

    March 28, 2016 6:51 AM

    RALEIGH, NC- Gay-rights groups and others who say they'll be wronged by North Carolina's new law preventing Charlotte and other local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules are wasting little time trying to stop it in court. The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and Equality North Carolina scheduled a Monday... more »
  • Rights group suing over public defender shortage

    January 15, 2016 12:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the New Orleans' and state offices tasked with defending people too poor to hire a lawyer after the office began turning down cases, saying it didn't have the resources to do its job. In the lawsuit filed late Thursday... more »
  • Bookstores sue over La. age-verification law

    November 4, 2015 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pair of Louisiana booksellers joined civil rights groups to file a lawsuit Wednesday over a new law requiring publishers to put age gates on their websites. The American Civil Liberties Union and Media Coalition filed the suit on behalf of Garden District Book Shop and... more »
  • Jindal asking for dismissal of ACLU lawsuit against him

    October 26, 2015 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking a state district judge to throw out a lawsuit that challenges Jindal's executive order offering protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage. Judge Todd Hernandez heard arguments Monday about Jindal's request, but did not immediately rule. The executive order prohibits... more »
  • ACLU says Jindal executive order misguided

    July 26, 2015 11:45 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Civil liberty advocates warn that Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order to ban protesting at the funerals for two Lafayette movie theater shooting victims may violate the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said Sunday Jindal's intentions were honorable, but his order was "misguided." ... more »
  • ACLU, others sue Jindal over marriage executive order Play Video

    June 30, 2015 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ACLU and several others filed a joint lawsuit Tuesday to challenge Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order creating protections for people who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman. New Orleans law firm Herman and Katz filed the suit on behalf of... more »
  • ACLU sues over Arizona 'revenge porn' bill

    September 23, 2014 3:02 PM

    PHOENIX - The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona says a new state law making so-called "revenge porn" illegal is so broad it criminalizes booksellers, artists and even historians. The ACLU alleges in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that the law is so broadly written that it can make any... more »
  • ACLU warns about flaws with sagging pants law

    March 17, 2014 11:27 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The ACLU sent a letter to Iberville Parish leaders, warning them about a proposed law that bans sagging pants. The ACLU said the law is unconstitutional and urged the parish council to veto the proposition. It is expected to be discussed Tuesday. "It makes a criminal of... more »
  • People looking for ways to bring back Clinton curfew

    August 19, 2013 10:31 AM

    CLINTON - Support for an overnight curfew in Clinton continues even after the town's original, wide-ranging curfew ran into legal trouble. The town canceled the curfew after a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Clinton resident Tommy Mead. The measure banned pedestrians and drivers from the town's... more »
  • Town succumbs to ACLU, cancels curfew

    August 1, 2013 10:41 PM

    CLINTON- The city rescinded its 11 p.m. curfew Thursday, the deadline a judge gave the city to respond to a lawsuit arguing the law is unconstitutional. The two-month-old curfew bans people from milling about on city streets from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. The American Civil Liberties Union... more »
  • Town ordered to get new lawyer for curfew suit

    July 29, 2013 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A temporary restraining order hearing involving the town of Clinton's curfew has been set for Monday, Aug. 5. The hearing was scheduled during a telephone conference with Chief Judge Brian Jackson along with the plaintiff and defendant's attorneys. During the call, the judge also ordered the town... more »
  • ACLU files lawsuit to stop Clinton curfew Play Video

    July 24, 2013 11:45 AM

    CLINTON - The ACLU of Louisiana filed suit on behalf of a Clinton resident today asking a judge to strike down the town's wide-reaching curfew. The ordinance requires everyone in town, including drivers, to be off the streets after 11 p.m. or face a $500 fine and possibly 30... more »
  • Driving somewhere? There's a government record of it

    July 17, 2013 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union says in a new report that local police departments are amassing millions of digital records on the location and movement of Americans using automated license plate scanners. The report, released Wednesday, found that there are tens of thousands of license plate scanners scattered... more »
  • Town curfew extended further, ACLU calls it unconstitutional Play Video

    July 10, 2013 9:55 PM

    CLINTON - Town leaders extended a measure to reduce crime even though some groups call it imprisonment of residents. "We looked at the numbers, and it's like 60 percent less crime," Clinton Police Chief Fredrick Dunn said. Dunn, the town's mayor and council agreed to put a curfew... more »
  • ACLU sues over NSA phone records program

    June 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    NEW YORK - Two prominent civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency over its program that reportedly collects the telephone records of millions of American customers of Verizon. The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union say in a lawsuit filed... more »
  • Denham settles 'middle finger' display suit

    March 1, 2013 9:53 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- The city of Denham Springs will pay $15,000 to settle a lawsuit over Christmas lights that displayed a middle finger. The payout will cover court costs connected to the lawsuit, which was backed by the ACLU on behalf of resident Sarah Childs. Childs built the display... more »
  • ACLU's suit over Super Bowl "clean zone" settled

    January 28, 2013 2:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans have agreed to a settlement resolving the group's lawsuit over the city's plans to enforce a "clean zone" where the use of banners, signs and flags would be restricted during Super Bowl week. The... more »
  • Judge puts a hold on Super Bowl "Clean Zone"

    January 24, 2013 4:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The ACLU said a federal court put a temporary restraining order in place to keep part of the Super Bowl's "Clean Zone" from being put into effect in New Orleans. The zone would restrict the use of banners, signs and flags during the Super Bowl celebrations... more »
  • ALCU sues to block Super Bowl "clean zone" in N.O.

    January 24, 2013 3:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is suing to block the city of New Orleans from maintaining a so-called "clean zone" where the use of banners, signs and flags will be restricted during Super Bowl festivities. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit Thursday on behalf of... more »
  • Ville Platte, ACLU agree on dropping curfew suit

    January 18, 2013 2:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The city of Ville Platte and the American Civil Liberties Union have signed an agreement ending the ACLU's lawsuit against a pedestrians-only curfew. The city has agreed that any future curfew will be the least restrictive needed to meet a "compelling need." It did not admit... more »
  • Ville Platte, ACLU agree on dropping curfew suit

    January 17, 2013 5:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The city of Ville Platte and the American Civil Liberties Union have signed an agreement ending the ACLU's lawsuit against a pedestrians-only curfew. The city has agreed that any future curfew will be the least restrictive needed to meet a "compelling need." It did not admit liability... more »

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