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Medical Professionals Urge Defeat of Drug Homicide Bill; Say it Undermines Response to Opioid Crisis

Posted: May 22, 2018 |Category: Due Process Fair Administration of Justice The "War on Drugs"

Dozens of medical professionals and organizations working to stem the opioid crisis in Rhode Island today called on the state Senate to reject legislation sponsored by the Attorney General that would impose up to a life sentence on individuals who provide an unlawful controlled substance to a person that results in that person’s death, regardless of culpability.

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Citing Public Right to Know, Open Government Groups Submit Brief for Release of 38 Studios Records

Posted: May 17, 2018 |Category: Active Case Fair Administration of Justice Open Government

Four organizations have submitted a “friend of the court” brief in the RI Supreme Court in support of Governor Gina Raimondo’s appeal for the release of the grand jury records in the 38 Studios proceedings.

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Groups Submit Brief Challenging Court’s Denial of Jury List in Murder Case

Posted: May 09, 2018 |Category: Active Case Free Speech

The ACLU of RI, joined by four media organizations, today submitted a “friend of the court” brief to contest Superior Court Associate Justice Netti Vogel’s orders last month blocking the release of the juror list, and barring members of the public from contacting the jurors, in a completed, high-profile murder case.

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Citing Free Speech Concerns, ACLU Opposes Proposed Airport Advertising Restrictions

Posted: May 07, 2018 |Category: Free Speech

The ACLU of Rhode Island has expressed strong opposition to recently proposed regulations that would restrict the types of advertising allowed at T.F. Green Airport.

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ACLU Statement on Judge Vogel Barring Contact with Jurors in DePina Trial

Posted: May 02, 2018 |Category: Active Case Free Speech

ACLU of RI executive director Steven Brown issued the following statement in response to a directive by RI Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel in a recently concluded high-profile murder case involving Jorge DePina.

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Civil Rights Groups Respond to Latest Traffic Stop Findings

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Police Practices

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, the R.I. Commission for Human Rights, and Rhode Island for Community and Justice today expressed concern about the latest results of a study finding racial disparities in traffic stops in the state, while expressing hope it would spur police departments to meaningfully tackle this persistent and troubling problem.

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ACLU Statement on Governor Raimondo’s Net Neutrality Executive Order

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 |Category: Free Speech

The ACLU of RI issued the following statement today in response to Governor Raimondo’s issuance of an executive order requiring all internet service providers seeking contracts with the State to adhere to “net neutrality” principles.

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