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Death Penalty Unconstitutional, Says Justice Stevens

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:21pm
On Wednesday, retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens gave an interview at the annual conference of the 5th Judicial Circuit in Chicago, and explained his changed view on the death penalty.

L.A. Men's Jail is a "Modern-Day Medieval Dungeon"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:07pm

Old, decrepit and toxic. This is how the Men's Central Jail (MCJ) is described in a new report released today by the ACLU of Southern California. The report is based on the observations of ACLU jail monitors, numerous interviews with prisoners,…

Pork…or Parents?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:24pm

Call us crazy, but given the choice between having parents and having bacon, we think a foster kid would choose the former.

Unfortunately, Contemporary Family Services (CFS), a private company authorized by the state of Maryland to place…

A Victory for the Rule of Law. Kind of.

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:45pm

Earlier today, Attorney General Eric Holder officially announced that the five defendants represented by the John Adams Project who have been charged in the 9/11 attacks will be tried in federal court, rather than in the unconstitutional Guantánamo…

2009 Supreme Court Term Preview

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 9:01am

This morning in Washington, D.C., we are hosting our annual Supreme Court breakfast, in which attorneys discuss cases that the ACLU will or may be arguing in the upcoming term. This year's breakfast will have three speakers: ACLU Legal Director Steve…

Senate Report Confirms Top-Level Officials Authorized Torture

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:20pm

Late last night, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) released its full report on the Department of Defense's (DOD) role in the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody (PDF). (A summary of the report was released last December, but it was only…

Interview with Ben Wizner on State Secrets

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:27pm

Last week, NationalJournal.com featured an interview about state secrets with ACLU National Security Project Staff Attorney Ben Wizner. Ben talks about the government's invocation of the state secrets privilege in our extraoridinary rendition case,…

Obama Administration to Appear Before Int'l Human Rights Body

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:29pm

Earlier this week, The New York Times carried an op-ed by Mark Danner that exposed the horrific treatment of 14 detainees held in U.S. custody at black sites overseas and in Guantánamo. Danner's piece created quite a stir, and prompted renewed…

A Cross to Bear

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:24pm

Last week, the ACLU filed a brief in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of our clients, the Jewish War Veterans of America, against the City of San Diego in our Soledad Cross case. We lost the first go-round with this case in district court,…

Vote Constitution!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:36am

Civil libertarians run the gamut of political affiliations. We're Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Greens, and every other party under the sun. But there is one thing that unites all of us: the Constitution. And the Constitution is not partisan.…

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