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ACLU Challenging Half-Pay For Discharged Gays

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the government on behalf of a gay former Air Force sergeant denied full separation pay after he was forced out under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins says...

Girls Sue Pennsylvania School Over 'Boobies' Bracelet Ban

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) Two middle schoolers are suing their Pennsylvania school district after they were suspended for wearing the popular "I (heart) boobies!" bracelets. The American Civil Liberties Union believes the lawsuit is the first in the country over a school's ban on the bracelets...

ACLU Lawsuit: Military Won't Release Rape Records

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) Sexual assault pervades the military, but the Pentagon refuses to release records that fully document the problem and how it is handled, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups said in a federal lawsuit that seeks access to the records. Tens of thousands of service...

California Immigrant Detainee Medical Care Lawsuit Settles

SAN DIEGO - (AP) Immigration officials agreed on Thursday to expand medical care at a San Diego detention facility to settle a lawsuit that claimed inadequate treatment for immigrants facing deportation, plaintiffs' attorneys said. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will provide a psychiatrist and...

Judge: Alaska Homeless Camp Raids Unconstitutional

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) Anchorage's policy for raiding homeless camps is unconstitutional, an Alaska judge has ruled. Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner issued his ruling late Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska. The ACLU argued homeless people have the same...

FBI Accused Of Violating Muslims' Rights At Mosque

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Two civil liberties groups have sued the FBI, claiming that one of the agency's former informants was ordered to target Muslims for surveillance when he infiltrated a California mosque. The ACLU of Southern California and the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic...

ACLU Sues Over Rhode Island School Prayer Banner

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (AP) The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Cranston over a Christian prayer banner displayed in a high school auditorium. The ACLU announced the lawsuit Monday. It seeks monetary damages and demands that the banner be removed from Cranston...

Supreme Court OKs Arizona's Tax Break For Private Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A Supreme Court divided along ideological lines said Monday that ordinary taxpayers cannot challenge government programs that use tax breaks to direct money to religious activities. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of an Arizona scholarship program for private schools that has mainly...

'Boobies' Bracelets Ruled OK In Pennsylvania School For Now

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) Breast cancer fundraising bracelets that proclaim "I (heart) boobies!" are not lewd or vulgar and can't be banned by public school officials who find them offensive, a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Tuesday in a preliminary ruling. The ruling is a victory for two...

Montana Judge Rules Against Gay Couples Seeking Rights

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) A Montana judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to extend to gay couples the same legal protections as married couples, saying in his decision that he can't grant the benefits partly because of the state's voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage as...

Judge: 2 Hispanics Illegally Stopped In Arizona Raid

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal judge ruled Monday that deputies violated the rights of two men who were detained during one of the workplace raids the Phoenix area's controversial sheriff uses to enforce immigration laws. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies stopped Julian and Julio Mora's...

Judge Rules Against Gag Order In Idaho Prison Lawsuit

BOISE, Idaho - (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday agreed with The Associated Press and rejected Correction Corporation of America's request for a sweeping gag order in a lawsuit between Idaho inmates and the private prison company. In the lawsuit , the Idaho Correctional Center inmates ask for class...

DOJ Let Into Lawsuit On South Carolina Jail's Bible-Only Policy

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (AP) A federal judge says the U.S. Justice Department can join a lawsuit challenging a South Carolina jail's policy barring inmates from any reading material other than the Bible. Court documents filed Monday show U.S. District Judge Margaret Seymour agreed to allow the government...

Utah Sued By Groups Over Immigration Law

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) Two national organizations are suing Utah to halt a new immigration law they claim encourages racial profiling. The National Immigration Law Center says an enforcement measure signed by Gov. Gary Herbert in March is just as unconstitutional as a similar Arizona law that courts have...

ACLU Sues In New Jersey Over FBI Ethnic Data Collection

NEWARK, N.J. - (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit in New Jersey Wednesday over the FBI's collection of racial and ethnic data in local communities. In the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, the ACLU said it filed a Freedom of Information Act request in...

Supporter Of Suspected Leaker Suing U.S. Government

BOSTON - (AP) An outspoken advocate for an Army private accused of funneling classified documents to Wikileaks filed suit Friday, claiming federal agents illegally seized confidential information from him at a Chicago airport. David House, a founding member of The Bradley Manning Support Network, had...

ACLU says Colorado Immigrant Settles Detention Case

DENVER - (AP) An immigrant suspected of being in the country illegally could receive $90,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming he was unlawfully held in a suburban Denver jail for 47 days, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. Luis Quezada, 37, agreed to a $40,000 settlement with the Jefferson...

Washington Court: Workers Can Be Fired Over Medical Marijuana

OLYMPIA, Wash. - (AP) Medical marijuana patients can be fired from their jobs in Washington state even if they only use the drug outside the workplace, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Justices said in their 8-1 decision that state law does not provide any employment protections for medical...

Pennsylvania Teens Can't Be Suspended For MySpace Parodies

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) Two Pennsylvania teens cannot be disciplined at school for MySpace parodies of their principals created on home computers, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a high-profile case involving students and free speech. The postings, however lewd or offensive, were not likely to cause...

Philadelphia Reaches Settlement In 'Stop And Frisk' Lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) A court-appointed monitor will oversee city police officers' use of "stop and frisk" searches, a high-profile part of the mayor's efforts to combat violent crime, according to a settlement agreement announced Tuesday. Authorities also will take additional steps to...

Alaska Sued In Transgender Driver's License Case

JUNEAU, Alaska - (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Alaska on behalf of a transgender woman, alleging that it denied her a driver's license listing her gender as female unless she provided proof that she'd undergone a sex change operation. The lawsuit, which ACLU said...

Justice Department Challenges Tough Alabama Immigration Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) The Obama administration is challenging Alabama's new law that would let police detain those stopped for traffic offenses who they suspect are in the country illegally, a statute described as one of the toughest immigration regulations nationwide. In a complaint Monday, the...

Government Wants To Keep Secrets In FBI Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES - (AP) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has invoked state secrets rules to prevent information from being released in a lawsuit filed by Southern California Muslims who claim the FBI monitored their activities solely because of their religion. In a legal declaration filed late Monday, Holder...

Supreme Court Strikes Arizona Voting Law But Opens Door

DENVER - A western, public-interest legal foundation on June 17 responded to the 7-2 ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States upholding a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc , that struck down an Arizona voter-approved ballot initiative requiring proof of...

2nd Circuit Finds NSA’s Bulk Metadata Program Not Authorized By Patriot Act

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) A Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 7 found that the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone metadata collection program is not authorized by Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, reversing a trial court’s dismissal of the lawsuit brought...