Tag Archives: American Civil LIberties Union


Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Discrimination OK Against Disabled Prisoner Hired as Labor

A private company that got cheap labor by contracting with the state to hire prisoners cannot be sued for discrimination against a disabled worker, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court. The prisoner is not an “employee” of the private company, therefore he does not have the protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the court said. The ruling gives an incentive to companies to hire prison labor at below minimum wage without being bound by laws that …

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Driver Sues City Over 1st Amendment Right to Flash Headlights

It’s a time-honored karmic exercise almost as old as the radar gun: flashing your headlights to warn other drivers they’re about to drive into a speed trap. While this kind gesture is almost universally appreciated by civilian motorists, traffic cops tend to be less fond of the practice. So was officer John Doe, as he is named in a class action lawsuit against the City of Ellisville, Mo. The suit was filed by Michael J. Elli, who claims he was …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Blacks Singled Out for Marijuana Arrests, Study Says

Black and white Americans use marijuana at roughly equal rates, but black users are nearly four times more likely to be arrested, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU study used FBI crime reporting statistics and census data to track marijuana possession arrest rates by race from 2001 to 2010. The results show that blacks were busted for possession more often than whites virtually everywhere in America. It’s not an urban or regional phenomenon — …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Larry Bodine  
Are You Being Tracked Right Now by the Government?

  To read a companion article on Huffington Post, see The Legal Battle Over Cell Phone Location Privacy Did you know the government can be tracking you as you listen to this podcast? In today’s Lawyers.com Radio broadcast, host Matt Plessner interviews Editor in Chief Larry Bodine about an alarming trend going through the courts right now, where the police are making requests to cell phone companies to tell them the location of their customers. “They’re not asking to listen …

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Posted 2 years ago in Government by Aaron Kase  
Pennsylvania, Mississippi Voter Suppression Laws Struck Down

Voters in Pennsylvania will not have to show an ID card in order to cast a valid ballot this year, a judge ruled Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, a voter ID law in Mississippi was held for review by federal officials until after the election in order to determine if it will have discriminatory effects. The Pennsylvania ID law had originally been upheld by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr., but the state Supreme Court overturned his decision and dictated …

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