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Supreme Court upholds Kentucky law requiring ultrasounds before abortions

“The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions” writes The Associated Press for latimes.com. The federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the Kentucky law, but its sister court in Richmond, Va., struck down a similar measure in North Carolina.The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law.Under the law, doctors faced fines and the possible loss of their medical licenses for discussing guns with patients.The Supreme…

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Don’t delay justice. Only legislation can end the injustices of marijuana prohibition, ACLU says

“Our lawmakers can stop the tragedy of unnecessary marijuana arrests, and they have a moral imperative to do so” writes Star-ledger Guest for nj.com. When the ACLU-NJ released a report three years ago analyzing marijuana arrests between 2000 and 2013, marijuana-related arrests were at an all-time high of 27,923 annually.For the ACLU-NJ, marijuana legalization is about racial justice, first and foremost.The only way to ensure racial and social justice remain at the core of marijuana reform is to pass marijuana legalization through the legislative process.The plan he announced, for the…

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Cops use the creepy robot dog from Boston Dynamics for the first time

“According to records obtained by the Massachusetts ACLU and published by WBUR, the Boston Dynamics robot was leased by the Massachusetts State Police for a three-month trial period ending on Nov. 5” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. Spot, who has a striking resemblance to the murderous robot dogs of Black Mirror, has been used by law enforcement for the very first time.The records don’t share how the cops used Spot, beyond stating it was a “mobile remote observation device.” The robot does not come equipped with any weapons: just four…

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Summit County settles panhandler’s lawsuit, changes law as part of agreement

“The lawsuit filed on behalf of Leon Wilson said a law that deals with how panhandlers ask for money was unconstitutional” writes Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. The County Prosecutor’s Office also said the ordinance was unconstitutional and the County Council repealed the ordinance the following October.CLEVELAND, Ohio — Summit County has settled a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on behalf of a panhandler who said police harassed him and enforced an unconstitutional ordinance.The settlement agreement called for the county to repeal a law that made…

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Black people in N.J. are still arrested for weed more often than whites, ACLU says

“Black people were six times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana in Salem County, and seven times more likely in Ocean, according to the ACLU. In Hunterdon, they were eleven times more likely to be arrested” writes Bnelson Njadvancemedia Com for nj.com. Amol Sinha, executive director of the ACLU in New Jersey, said their analysis showed that black people were three times more likely to be arrested for possession than whites in 2016, despite similar usage. “Legalization is about racial justice,” Sinha said in a call with reporters.EDITOR’S…

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ACLU calls on University of Michigan to change student sexual misconduct policy

“The court ruled that a public university must give a student accused of sexual misconduct an in-person hearing and an opportunity for cross-examination” writes Martin Slagter for mlive.com. ANN ARBOR, MI – The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the University of Michigan to change an interim student sexual misconduct policy that was updated earlier this year to adhere to a ruling of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.Of the nine hearings conducted to date under the interim policy, all have occurred with the students being separated, Fitzgerald…

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ICE uses a massive database tracking driver location data to target immigrants

“ICE has privacy rules that require all use of license plate data to be documented requests” writes Alfred Ng for cnet.com. ICE, for its part, said in a statement that it doesn’t use the license plate data “to locate or track individuals who have no connection to ICE investigatory or enforcement activities.”. The database adds an additional 150 million to 200 million new license plate scans every month, according to documents the ACLU obtained.An additional 1.5 billion license plate data points came from over 80 local police departments in dozens…

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ICE uses database that tracks license plates, raising privacy concerns

“ICE has privacy rules that require all use of license plate data to be documented requests” writes Alfred Ng for cnet.com. The database adds an additional 150 million to 200 million new license plate scans every month, according to documents the ACLU obtained.An additional 1.5 billion license plate data points came from over 80 local police departments in dozens of states, the documents show.The company says it has license plate data from about 60 percent of the US population, from areas including Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, San…

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Thousands of ICE employees can access license plate reader data, emails show

“In emails obtained by the ACLU, ICE was told that law enforcement could expect access to billions of license plate scans, with hundreds of millions more added each month” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. A law enforcement data-sharing process makes the system “as easy as adding a friend on your favorite social media platform,” according to the emails.Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows thousands of employees to access a controversial license plate database with questionable legal safeguards in place to prevent abuse, the American Civil Liberties Union said today as it…

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