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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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ACLU Appeals Court Ruling in Providence Student Housing Case

Posted: Apr 13, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process Students' Rights

The ACLU has appealed to the R.I. Supreme Court 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 areas of the city.

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ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Immigrant Couples Torn Apart by ICE

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Fair Administration of Justice Immigration

The ACLU has filed a class action lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s pattern of separating married couples and families pursuing lawful immigration status. The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Rhode Island resident and mother Lilian Calderon, who was recently released from detention as the result of earlier ACLU court action.

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