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5 hrs ago | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Superior court judge again blocks release of Kendrec McDade shooting report

LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the city of Pasadena from releasing a redacted version of an independent report on the fatal officer involved shooting of Kendrec McDade . The judge's ruling came in response to an application from the Pasadena Police Officers' Association to stop the release of the report.

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7 hrs ago | Fire Dog Lake

NSA Reform - Real or Imaginary?

Note: Whistleblowers Edward Loomis and J. Kirk Wiebe have signed our letter opposing the current version of the USA FREEDOM Act. Please add your name to our letter to congress.

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Related Topix: Law, Employment / Labor Law, US Politics, Rush Holt, US House of Representatives, Democrat

12 hrs ago | WTMJ-AM Milwaukee

ACLU to request another hearing on voter ID law

UPDATE 3:16 p.m. -- TODAY'S TMJ4's Steve Chamraz has confirmed that the ACLU will file a motion today for an "en banc" hearing of the voter ID case. If their motion is accepted, the case will be heard before the full 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, instead of a three-member panel.

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Related Topix: Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, US News

12 hrs ago | WLUK-TV Green Bay

Wisconsin voter ID opponents demand re-hearing

Civil rights advocates said Tuesday they plan to ask the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear their challenge to Wisconsin's voter photo identification law. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Advancement Project released a statement saying they planned to file a motion with the court Tuesday asking for a re-hearing en banc, a proceeding that usually involves around 10 judges rather than the three who typically decide cases.

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Related Topix: Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, US News

15 hrs ago | Los Angeles Times

Daniele Watts case: Did confrontation with LAPD have to happen?

'Having an ID does not help them determine if there was a lewd act committed,' says ACLU rep of Daniele Watts Here's the basic question about the case of Daniele Watts, the young black actress who was detained and handcuffed on a Studio City sidewalk Thursday after refusing to provide identification to police officers: Did the confrontation have to happen at all? It all started with a 911 call describing a black woman and a white man having rather explicit sex in a silver Mercedes on Radford Avenue near Ventura Boulevard. The call went out at 3:02 p.m. The first L.A. Police Department officer arrived at the scene at 3:04 p.m. According to the LAPD, he was in the neighborhood.

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Related Topix: Studio-City, CA, Criminal Defense Law, Law, Nice, CA, Opinion

19 hrs ago | The Tallahassee O

ACLU Press Release | Arizona District Court Judge Grants Over $4 ...

Arizona District Court Judge Grants Over $4 million In Attorney Fees To Civil Rights Groups In Landmark Lawsuit Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio And Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Arizona District Court Judge Grants Over $4 million in Attorney Fees to Civil Rights Groups in Landmark Lawsuit Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Phoenix - U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow today granted more than $4.4 million in attorney's fees to four legal organizations that litigated Melendres, et al. v. Arpaio, et al ., a lawsuit challenging racially discriminatory law enforcement practices by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona.

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Related Topix: Maricopa County, AZ

21 hrs ago | Columbia Journalism Review

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists

Fair warning, all ye who interfere with newsgathering: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is getting ready to sue you. The organization has hired its first litigation director, Katie Townsend , to bring lawsuits around the country in cases that affect access to information for the press and public.

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Related Topix: US News, US Supreme Court

Yesterday | Counterpunch

The Black Hole of the American Injustice System

Jonathan Cook reports from the West Bank on How the Media and Human Rights Groups Cover for Israel's War Crimes; Jeffrey St. Clair on Why Israel is Losing; Nick Alexandrov on Honduras Five Years After the Coup; Joshua Frank on California's Water Crisis; Ismael Hossein-Zadeh on Finance Capital and Inequality; Kathy Deacon on The Center for the Whole Person; Kim Nicolini on the Aesthetics of Jim Jarmusch. PLUS: Mike Whitney on the Faltering Economic Recovery; Chris Floyd on Being Trapped in a Mad World; and Kristin Kolb on Cancer Without Melodrama.

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Related Topix: Prison

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Arkansas Times

Religious group demands restoration of cross on Arkansas State helmets

A conservative Christian outfit that aims to promote religion in public life through legal action is demanding - supposedly in the name of an anonymous football player - that Arkansas State University restore a cross to players' football helmet s as part of a memorial tribute. The crosses - but not the memorial tribute - were removed on advice of university counsel after questions were raised by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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Related Topix: Arkansas State University, State University, AR

WIS-TV Columbia

Police take closer look at benefits of using body cameras

For police agencies already using body cameras, many believe in the benefit of having a way to capture what happens in real time. The Benedict Police Department recently upgraded to better, more high-resolution body cameras in the last two months.

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Related Topix: Columbia, SC, Charleston, SC

The Washington Post

Civil liberties advocates split over NSA reform bill

A coalition including civil liberties groups and government whistleblowers has come out against a Senate bill responding to the government surveillance and data collection revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Many observers see the current Senate version of the USA Freedom Act as the most likely to succeed.

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Related Topix: Law, Employment / Labor Law, US News, Patriot Act, US Politics, Patrick Leahy, US Senate, Democrat, World News

Daily Kos

Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Metaphor Mondays"

It's "Metaphor Monday" on The After Show. This is the day when we call things what they are.

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Related Topix: Dentistry, us Travel, Travel, The Dells, Soul, US News, Liberal Political News

Philly.com

Chillin' Wit' Reggie Shuford, executive director, ACLU of Pa.

IT'S A STUNNING Sunday along Spring Garden Street, and Reggie Shuford's stuck on the phone outside the Silk City Diner. As executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Shuford, 48, is a busy man with a phone that's nearly always buzzing and pinging with something or someone new.

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Related Topix: Home Gardening, Home

The Ashland Daily Tidings

Late Ashland resident Temple's memoirs recall ACLU battles Posted at

Johnny Temple always admired his dad's writing, so when he had the opportunity to publish selected excerpts three years ago, he jumped at it.   The memoirs of former Ashland resident Ralph Temple, who rose to become one of the country's top civil rights lawyers of the last century with the American Civil Liberties Union, are due to hit shelves for the first time in paperback Oct. 1. "He was a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised ... he approached issues of social justice and treated them as if they were life or death battles," said Johnny Temple, known best for his work as a bass guitarist with Washington D.C.-based bands Soulside and Girls Against Boys.

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Related Topix: Ashland, OR, Activism

Sun Sep 14, 2014

OhNoTheyDidnt

'Boardwalk Empire' Michael K Williams New ACLU Ambassador #StopMassIncarceration

You know may know him as Chalky White from the hit HBO prohibition drama, Boardwalk Empire, or from his roles in The Wire and 12 Years a Slave, but Michael K. Williams has a new title. Williams has signed on to be an ambassador for the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Related Topix: Entertainment, The Wire, Drama, Television, Boardwalk Empire, Michael K. Williams

Daily Kos

We Don't Flaunt Torture and Murder

Last month I confessed to the nation and the world, "We tortured some folks." And of course, I've also confessed that we use extrajudicial killing without a conviction -- what folks used to call Murder -- to support American interests and help keep us safe.

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Related Topix: US News, Liberal Political News

OregonLive.com

Measure 89 is well-intended but unecessary: Editorial endorsement

A ballot drop site outside Sherwood City Hall in May. Ballots for the November election will be mailed in mid-October. We could not support with more enthusiasm the goal of Measure 89's sponsors, which is to prevent gender-based discrimination.

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Related Topix: Oregon, Opinion

Daily Kos

This week in the war on voting: WI gets greenlight on ID law, Brennan's Student Voting Guide ready

A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday gave Wisconsin the go-ahead to implement its voter ID law that a federal district court in April had ruled in Frank v. Walker violated the Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

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Related Topix: Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, US News, Milwaukee, WI, African-American, Train Disaster, Scott Walker, US Governors

Journalgazette.net

Commit to the Constitution

When Americans debate important legal questions involving the Constitution guns, gay marriage, police surveillance, affirmative action, to name just a few our founding document often ends up seeming like a Rorschach blot or a cloud in the sky: everyone sees something different in it. A conservative activist who identifies with the tea party likely will have a different perspective on the Constitution than the president of the local ACLU chapter.

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Related Topix: Wedding

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Common Dreams

The Fight to Let Pregnant Women Work Reaches the Supreme Court

Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, she requested but was denied less strenuous work.

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Related Topix: US News, Liberal Political News

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