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Supreme Court Clears Hurdle to DNA Test for Condemned Inmate

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:03pm
Yesterday, the Supreme Court found that Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner has the right to pursue testing of DNA evidence that could prove his innocence. Among the outstanding items that still have not been DNA tested: at least three possible murder weapons and a rape kit. SCOTUSblog reported yesterday:
ACLU Lens: New Executive Order Institutionalizes Indefinite Detention at Guantánamo

ACLU Lens: New Executive Order Institutionalizes Indefinite Detention at Guantánamo

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:17pm

Yesterday, President Obama issued an executive order that institutionalizes the ongoing indefinite detention of detainees in U.S. custody at Guantánamo Bay. As ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero told the Washington Post, "It…

Government "Should Not Be Meddling" With Women's Health Care Decisions

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:01pm

Last week, legislation that would place onerous new restrictions on women's access to abortion in Wyoming failed in the state senate. Two Republican representatives, Lisa Shepperson and Sue Wallis, who both opposed the measure in the House, said…

Stand with Planned Parenthood, and Stop the Assault on Women's Health

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:58pm

On February 18, the House passed an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) that would eliminate all federal funding to Planned Parenthood because the organization uses non-federal dollars to provide women with abortion care. If that…

Maryland Suspends Facebook Password Policy for Job Interviews

Maryland Suspends Facebook Password Policy for Job Interviews

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:19pm

Last week, we told you about the case of Maryland corrections officer Robert Collins, who was required to give his Facebook login info during a recertification interview for his job. The ACLU of Maryland sent a letter to Public Safety Secretary Gary…

Obama DOJ Announces It Will Not Defend DOMA Cases in Court

Obama DOJ Announces It Will Not Defend DOMA Cases in Court

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:41pm

This afternoon, the Department of Justice announced that it would not defend the constitutionality of Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

"Donald Rumsfeld Is Above the Law and Jose Padilla Is Beneath It"

"Donald Rumsfeld Is Above the Law and Jose Padilla Is Beneath It"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:06pm

In the case of Jose Padilla, nothing moves swiftly. He was arrested in March 2002, held without charge for two years in a South Carolina military brig without access to a lawyer, and was tortured to the point that brig authorities described his behavior…

ACLU Lens: Hearing Next Week in Twitter Wikileaks Case

ACLU Lens: Hearing Next Week in Twitter Wikileaks Case

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:17pm

Late yesterday, a court unsealed three motions filed by the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) last month on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Icelandic parliamentarian whose Twitter account records were targeted by the government in…

Surveillance Cameras in Chicago: Extensive, Pervasive and Unregulated

Surveillance Cameras in Chicago: Extensive, Pervasive and Unregulated

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:14pm

Yesterday, the ACLU of Illinois released a new report detailing the threats to privacy Chicagoans face under the watchful eyes of that city's growing surveillance camera system. The report is the first large-scale, independent study of the city's…

Victory! North Carolina Settles ACLU/Amazon Privacy Case

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:57am

We're thrilled to announce a win for privacy! The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) has agreed to stop asking for personally identifiable customer information in combination with details about the titles of customers' purchases from Internet…

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