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ACLU Defends Blogger Subjected to Court “Gag Order” After He Posted a Blog About Hopkinton Resident

Posted: Jun 20, 2019 |Category: Active Case Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest

In a case raising important First Amendment issues, the ACLU of RI has taken on the defense of a Massachusetts blogger who was ordered by a RI Superior Court judge to “immediately remove” factually based content and other commentary from his website.

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ACLU Lawsuit Over Immigrant Detentions Could Affect Detainees Held at Wyatt

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 |Category: Active Case Criminal Justice Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Due Process Immigration

A recently-filed ACLU class-action lawsuit challenging the government’s practice of denying due process to detained immigrants could directly affect the continued jailing of some of the immigrant detainees now being held at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls.

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ACLU Appeals Ruling in Providence Student Housing Case

Posted: Jun 14, 2019 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Free Speech Privacy Students' Rights

The ACLU has asked the R.I. Supreme Court to overturn a Superior Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of a problematic Providence housing ordinance that prohibits more than three “college students” from living together in certain housing in some areas of the city.

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Attorney General Reverses Former AG, Releases Documents in Google Settlement Fund Case

Posted: May 29, 2019 |Category:

In a letter sent to ACLU cooperating attorney Lynette Labinger, Attorney General Neronha's office indicated they had reviewed the redacted documents initially provided Morgan and were now making public many of those documents in unredacted form.

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ACLU Brief Challenges Police Access to Prescription Database Without a Warrant

Posted: May 29, 2019 |Category: Active Case Privacy The "War on Drugs"

In a case with major implications for the medical privacy rights of Rhode Islanders, the ACLU of Rhode Island has joined with the National ACLU, four other ACLU Affiliates, and the New Hampshire Medical Society in filing a “friend of the court” brief arguing that law enforcement agents need a judicial warrant in order to obtain information from state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) databases.

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ACLU Files Court Brief Opposing Extradition of Man Likely to be Tortured if Returned to His Country

Posted: May 20, 2019 |Category: Active Case Criminal Justice Fair Administration of Justice Immigration

The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and the ACLU of RI filed a “friend of the court” brief in U.S. District Court in RI in an important immigration case in which the federal government is claiming that a person who will likely be tortured if he is extradited back to his home country cannot rely on that fact to prevent his return to that country.

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ACLU Files 1st Amendment Suit Over State’s Discrimination Against Non-Fiction Authors

Posted: May 07, 2019 |Category: Active Case Free Speech

Should a decision as to whether a Rhode Island author is entitled to a sales tax exemption depend on whether she has written a fictional murder mystery as opposed to an exhaustive history of the state?

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