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Rachel Myers is a senior communications strategist at the ACLU focusing on criminal justice issues. She worked previously at the ACLU of Maine and the Portland (ME) Education Partnership, where she trained teachers, students and community organizations to use service learning in the public schools. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Even Bigfoot Knows His Rights

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 5:02pm
The ACLU of New Hampshire is suing the state on behalf of America's favorite furry, bipedal humanoid. Well, actually — on behalf of a human filmmaker and performance artist who was barred from filming his ape suit adventures at a local mountain.

Signed, Unsealed and Stay Tuned

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 2:14pm

Over the weekend, the Internet was buzzing with the revelation that the government had obtained a court order requiring Twitter to provide information about some of its subscribers who are associated with WikiLeaks. The court order was made public…

Words Are All We Have

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 11:21am

George Carlin, a warrior for the First Amendment who exercised his right to free speech even after being arrested for it, died last night.

In his landmark comedy routine, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” Carlin…

North Carolina Governor Vetoes Repeal of Historic Racial Justice Act

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:38pm

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue today courageously vetoed a bill to repeal that state’s Racial Justice Act (RJA), an historic 2009 state law enacted to ensure that death sentences handed down in the state are not the result of racial bias…

Execution Based On Lies

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 3:50pm

Manuel Velez was sentenced to death in 2008 for the murder of a 1-year-old boy based on the false testimony of his live-in girlfriend and mother of the child. The woman, Acela Moreno, failed to admit she had separately pleaded guilty to inflicting…

Troy Davis Execution Set — Take Action Today!

Troy Davis Execution Set — Take Action Today!

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 9:34am

The State of Georgia plans to execute Troy Davis at midnight on September 21, even though he is very likely innocent.

Davis has been scheduled for execution three times before, and three times his execution has been stayed amid doubts and…

ACLU Lens: Appeals Court Hears Case Challenging Patents on Breast Cancer Genes

ACLU Lens: Appeals Court Hears Case Challenging Patents on Breast Cancer Genes

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 5:43pm

A crowd of scientists, medical professionals and legal scholars packed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday to hear an appeal in our lawsuit challenging the patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and…

"No-Fly" With Me

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:38pm

Ayman Latif is a U.S. citizen and disabled Marine veteran living in Egypt with no way to travel to the United States, where he was born and raised, to introduce his new baby daughter to the rest of his family who still reside in the states. He also…

Righting Wrongs

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:50pm

Yesterday, a federal judge issued a decision in our free speech case on behalf of a former Gitmo prosecutor that was, well, good and bad.

Earlier this month the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of former Guantánamo chief prosecutor…

Shhh! This is the Library of Congress!

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 5:54pm

The ACLU today sent a letter to the Library of Congress and the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on behalf of Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor for the Guantánamo military commissions, who was terminated from his job at CRS because…

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