Due Process

Due process is what separates a democracy from a police state. As the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution states, the government shall not "deprive any person of life, liberty, or property" without first having a fair chance to defend themselves.

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ACLU Sues U.S. for Information on Targeted Killing Program

ACLU Sues U.S. for Information on Targeted Killing Program

By Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 12:28pm

Today we filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to demand the government release basic, accurate information about its targeted killing program.

Report from Guantánamo Hearings: When Due Process is a Matter of Life and Death

Report from Guantánamo Hearings: When Due Process is a Matter of Life and Death

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:39pm

After two lengthy days of arguments, the al-Nashiri case seems hardly closer to coming to trial. Defense counsel suggested the trial wouldn't even begin until 2015.

Immigration Detainees Have the Right to Due Process, Too

Immigration Detainees Have the Right to Due Process, Too

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:12pm

Alejandro Rodriguez’s parents brought him from Mexico when he was a baby. Prior to his detention, Alejandro earned his green card and lived near his extended family in Los Angeles, working as a dental assistant to support his two U.S. citizen…

Targeted Killing: Death Without Due Process

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:06pm

We are all familiar with how the death penalty works. A crime (usually murder) is committed. It's investigated by law enforcement. A suspect is arrested, charged with the crime, and goes to trial. The government shows the judge or jury the evidence…

Megalawsuit Against BitTorrent Users Threatens Due Process

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:56pm

Time Warner Cable recently asked a federal court to quash subpoenas it received seeking the identities of thousands of its customers. The subpoenas came as part of several lawsuits filed by members of the movie industry who allege the individuals…

Immigrants with Mental Disabilities Deserve Due Process

By Jennifer Stark, ACLU of Southern California at 10:40am

Ever Francisco Martinez-Rivas, 31, suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinations, and exhibits unexpected patterns of behavior. After getting into an argument with his stepfather that turned violent, he was taken into police custody.

Though…

Death Without Due Process

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:54pm

Today, the National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing called "The Rise Of The Drones II: Examining The Legality Of Unmanned Targeting."* The hearing addressed…

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