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A Parent's Nightmare

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 3:13pm
Elizabeth Mort and Alex Rodriguez, of New Castle, Penn., thought the most difficult thing facing them when they arrived home from the hospital with their newborn daughter Isabella would be the sleepless nights.

Potty Mouths: Steer Clear of Pennsylvania

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 1:20pm

If you have a potty mouth, stay away from the Keystone State. It turns out that police in Pennsylvania have delicate sensibilities. A recent ACLU of Pennsylvania Right to Know Law request revealed that in a one-year period, the Pennsylvania State…

Oh My, Who Controls My MySpace?

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 2:35pm

A pair of February 4 federal appeals court decisions from Pennsylvania involving ACLU clients made the important issue of how much authority school officials can exercise over students' out-of-school Internet speech as clear as, well … mud.…

Fighting for Free Speech at the G20 in Pittsburgh

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 4:59pm

After the ACLU of Pennsylvania successfully sued last week to force the city of Pittsburgh to allow several groups to hold demonstrations around the G20 Summit, it seemed that free speech would prevail in the Steel City.

Unfortunately,…

Hazleton: Trial Ends, Another Ordinance Passes

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:52am
The final day of the Hazleton trial opened with the news that the Hazleton City Council had passed yet another revision of its anti-immigrant ordinance the previous night. As ACLU attorney Vic Walczak said ruefully, "It's a little difficult when the target…

Officers Lack Training to Enforce Ordinance, Police Chief Lacks Statistics

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 4:07pm
The testimony in the suit against Hazleton's illegal immigration ordinance continued Friday. Two Code Enforcement Officers, who are charged with investigating violations of the ordinance, both testified that they wouldn't know how to determine whether…

Immigration Expert: Hazleton Laws are Harsh and Discriminatory

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 7:58am
On Thursday, Judge Munley heard the testimony of Marc R. Rosenblum, a political science professor at the University of New Orleans, who last year worked with Congress in drafting immigration reform. Rosenblum offered damning testimony of Hazleton's…

Hazleton Doesn't Do its Homework

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 1:36pm
After a last-ditch effort by the defense's attorneys to stop him from testifying, Hazleton City Council President Joseph Yanuzzi took the stand in yesterday afternoon's proceedings. Yanuzzi admitted that the city council hadn't thoroughly researched the…
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