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ACLU Mounts Two-Pronged Attack to Make Records of Police Misconduct Public

Posted: Jul 22, 2019 |Category: Active Case Criminal Justice Open Government Police Practices Right to Petition & Protest

Calling it “one of the most damaging decisions affecting the public’s right to know that has been issued” the ACLU has launched a two-pronged attack on a 2017 Attorney General ruling that allows police to keep some of its reports of police misconduct a secret.

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Jury Awards N Smithfield Resident $20K in Damages for Unlawful 6-Year Seizure of Weapons by Police

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 |Category:

A federal jury today awarded $20,000 in damages to North Smithfield resident Jason Richer as compensation for the violation of his due process rights when the North Smithfield Police Department refused, for six years, to return lawfully possessed weapons they had seized from him, and instead demanded that he obtain a state court order to get his guns back.

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ACLU Challenges Century-Old Law Declaring Inmates Serving Life Sentences “Civilly Dead”

Posted: Jul 03, 2019 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Criminal Justice Due Process Free Speech Rights of Ex-Offenders

The ACLU of Rhode Island today filed a federal lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of a 110-year-old statute that declares inmates serving life sentences at the ACI to be “dead in all respects” with respect to “all civil rights.”

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ACLU Settles Lawsuit Over Smithfield Anti-Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Posted: Jul 02, 2019 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Medical Marijuana The "War on Drugs"

The ACLU of RI has favorably settled a lawsuit against Smithfield over an ordinance that imposed significant burdens on medical marijuana patients’ access to treatment.

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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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