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UK High Court rules prison book ban unlawful
December 6, 2014
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ....... [more]

Utah reaches settlement over immigration law
November 26, 2014
The Utah Attorney General's Office reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday over a controversial immigration law. The "Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act" was criticized as encouraging racial profiling as it allowed police officers to stop individuals to....... [more]

ACLU challenges Nebraska same-sex marriage ban
November 19, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Nebraska and the Nebraska law firm Koenig| Dunne on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the District of Nebraska, was drafted in....... [more]

ACLU petitions Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage
November 15, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition for certiorari on behalf of same-sex couples in Ohio with the US Supreme Court on Friday asking the court to resolve a circuit split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit became t....... [more]

ACLU sues US Army for denying Sikh student enrollment in ROTC
November 13, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with United Sikhs, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the US Army for refusing to allow a Sikh college student to enlist in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program unless he shaves his beard, removes his turban and cuts his hair. The stud....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments in NSA surveillance case
November 5, 2014
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone data surveillance program. Prior to oral arguments, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier....... [more]

Kansas Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold
October 12, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday temporarily halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On the same day, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The stay is set to last until November 6, when oral arguments will b....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law
October 10, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin from enforcing its voter ID law. The order vacates a September 12 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which stayed an injunction on the law's enforcement. Thursday's decision, issued without comment, came as the r....... [more]

Rights groups ask US Supreme Court to block Wisconsin voter ID law
October 2, 2014
Those challenging Wisconsin's voter photo identification law asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to take emergency action and block the law before the November 4 election. Last month the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the law would remain in effect while it considers a leg....... [more]

JURIST Fall 2014 Kick Off: Launch of the Legally Quirky
September 23, 2014
JURIST kicks off the fall season with our first ever edition of the "legally quirky": relevant and slightly baffling legal news.A monument of the Ten Commandments is under siege in Oklahoma. Not only is theACLU of Oklahomachallenging the presence of a statue on government property, but....... [more]

Oklahoma judge dismisses challenge to Ten Commandments monument
September 22, 2014
Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince ruled Friday that a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol Building does not violate the state's constitution. The monument was erected in 2012 after gaining approval in 2009 from the state legislature. The Ameri....... [more]




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