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NYT Disappointed at Court Decision on CIA Contempt Motion

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:47pm
"A Missed Chance for Accountability" is how The New York Times described last week's federal court decision failing to hold the CIA in contempt of the court for destroying the videotapes that documented the agency's torture of prisoners in its custody. The Times editorial states:
Supreme Court Term Is Pro-Business and Pro-Free Speech

Supreme Court Term Is Pro-Business and Pro-Free Speech

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:22pm

The Supreme Court ended the 2010 term today, delivering the much-anticipated decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, a case that challenged California's ban of the sale of violent video games to minors. In a 7-2 decision, the …

Sky-High Murder Rate in Puerto Rico Puts Police Under Scrutiny

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:28pm

Today's New York Times reports the sky-high murder rate in Puerto Rico has put the territory's police department — the second largest in the nation behind New York — under pressure to ramp up training and instruction, as well as coordination…

ACLU Lens: Arizona Governor Challenges Her Own State's Medical Marijuana Law

ACLU Lens: Arizona Governor Challenges Her Own State's Medical Marijuana Law

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 8:56pm

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer can't decide if she likes federal laws, or doesn't.

When it comes to immigration, she doesn't. Finding federal immigration enforcement lacking, she signed into law last year S.B. 1070, legislation that requires police…

ACLU Lens: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Employer Sanctions Law

ACLU Lens: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Employer Sanctions Law

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:13pm

A Supreme Court decision released this morning upheld Arizona's employer sanctions law. The law, which was enacted in 2007, imposes state licensing penalties for employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers, and requires all Arizona businesses…

Stranger Danger: TSA Frisks Another Little Kid

Stranger Danger: TSA Frisks Another Little Kid

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:05pm

I think most people would agree that little kids shouldn't be subjected to pat-downs at the airport, like little Mikey Hicks was last year. Well, it's happened again.

The TSA's latest victim? Six-year-old Anna Drexel, who was selected for…

VICTORY! Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Striking Down Law Prohibiting Adoption by Unmarried Couples

VICTORY! Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Striking Down Law Prohibiting Adoption by Unmarried Couples

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:49am

"This law was an assault on Arkansas' most vulnerable children and arbitrarily denied them the opportunity to be placed into good and loving homes," said Christine P. Sun, senior counsel with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project.

ACLU Supports Anti-Death Penalty Pledge

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 7:33pm

Yesterday, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) committee issued a statement against the death penalty in all circumstances, stating in part:

The IDAHO Committee opposes categorically any form of death penalty in…
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.

New Net Neutrality Rule: Better, Not Great

New Net Neutrality Rule: Better, Not Great

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:23pm

Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed a new rule that clarifies the FCC's legal authority to enforce net neutrality principles. This new authority would prohibit network owners — usually telecom…

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