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Death Row Inmates Sue FDA Over Execution Drug from Overseas

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:38pm
Yesterday, six inmates from death rows in California, Arizona and Tennessee sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health and Human Services for allowing those states to import non-FDA-approved sodium thiopental from foreign suppliers to carry out executions.

Pa. School District Pays $33,000 to Settle Cell Phone Search Lawsuit

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:34pm

On Wednesday, the ACLU of Pennsylvania settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of a former high school student, known as "N.N.," whose cell phone was confiscated and unconstitutionally searched by school officials.

The lawsuit charged…

Your Baby's DNA and Informed Consent

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:15am

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Imagine this scenario: You just had a baby. You might be a tad tired; in a bit of a stupor, perhaps. A hospital employee —maybe your doctor or nurse — hands you a 32-page pamphlet explaining…

Biometric IDs: Your Fingerprints, Please

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:45pm

Today, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security held a hearing called "Ensuring a Legal Workforce: What Changes Should be Made to Our Current Employment Verification System?" The subcommittee considered…

Assessing Racial Discrimination in America

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 7:03pm
This week, the 72nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Geneva. Readers of this blog will have noticed blogging from the ACLU's 10-person delegation at the meeting, addressing issues such a voting…

ACLU Argues President Does Not Have Unchecked Authority to Kill You

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:30pm

A few weeks ago, the Obama administration filed a brief in response to our lawsuit challenging the president's targeted killing program. In that brief, the Justice Department asserted, among other things, that the president’s targeted killing…

Black Sites? What's That? Torture? Us?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:58pm

Last week, the Department of State (DOS) released a huge tranche of documents on its website in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights and NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.…

TSA Meets "Resistance" with New Pat-Down Procedures

TSA Meets "Resistance" with New Pat-Down Procedures

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:42pm

The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) even-more-invasive pat-down searches for people who opt-out of the strip-search machines at airports have generated some striking stories of people's encounters with TSA agents. Jeffrey Goldberg…

When Being Poor Is a Crime

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:47pm

Sean Matthews is a homeless construction worker who was convicted of marijuana possession in 2007, and was assessed $498 in legal fines and costs. He was arrested two years later after being unable to pay that $498, and spent five months in jail…

Your Choice: Wrong Gender on Driver's License, or Surgery

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:42am

In Alaska, if you're a transgender person, the state requires you to have surgery to change the gender marker on your driver's license. Today, the ACLU filed a brief challenging this state surgery requirement on behalf of a transgender woman, K.L.


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