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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...

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal On Virginia Alcohol Ad Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ban on alcohol advertising in Virginia's college newspapers. The court on Monday rejected an appeal filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the newspapers. The appeal argued that the ban is an unconstitutional restraint...

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...

Court Rules On Jehovah's Witnesses Case In Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - (AP) A federal appeals court in the United States has ordered gated communities across Puerto Rico to grant access to Jehovah's Witnesses so they can engage in their First Amendment right to proselytize. The ruling comes nearly seven years after two religious corporations...

'Bigfoot' Lawsuit: N.H. Is Stomping On Civil Liberties

CONCORD, N.H. - (AP) First there was a Bigfoot sighting. Now, there's a Bigfoot suing. A performance artist and amateur filmmaker who dressed as the mythical beast says New Hampshire park rangers didn't have the right to kick him off a mountain where he had been scaring, or at least amusing,...

Feds Sue California Over Sikh Inmate Beard Punishment

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of California alleging that a Sikh inmate who refused to trim his beard for religious reasons was unfairly disciplined. Sukhjinder Basra has said that guards told him he violated a rule prohibiting inmates from growing...

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...

Court Won't Lift Stay On Arizona Immigration Law

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal appeals court on Monday refused to lift a stay blocking major parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect and said the federal government is likely to be able to prove the controversial law is unconstitutional. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down....

'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...

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...

Federal Judge Blocks Utah Immigration Law

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Utah immigration law that would have allowed police to check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest, citing its similarities to the most controversial parts of an Arizona law that seems bound for the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge...

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...

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...

Groups Sue To Block Alabama Illegal Immigration Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) Civil rights groups sued Friday in federal court to block Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration, which supporters and opponents have called the strictest measure of its kind in the nation. The lawsuit , filed in Huntsville, claims the new law will make criminals...

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...

ACLU Sues Feds For Shackling Immigrant Detainees

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have filed a lawsuit i n San Francisco federal court seeking to stop a practice in which alleged illegal immigrants are shackled at the feet, waist and wrists while appearing in immigration court. The groups allege in the suit filed...

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...