At any given time, the ACLU of RI is involved in dozens of legal battles on behalf of civil liberties in the Ocean State. Below is a list of many the cases we have worked on. For our annual case dockets, click here.

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Stern v. Weldon

This is a lawsuit filed in RI Superior Court challanging the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training's refusal to provide the ACLU any documents in response to an Access to Public Records Act (APRA) request related to the agency’s use of facial recognition software.

November 30, 2021 Government Transparency Privacy

Martinez v. Coyne-Fague

This is a habeas corpus petition filed in RI Superior Court which argues that an inmate is unlawfully being held in prison despite a decision by the R.I. Parole Board to release him on supervised parole.

August 3, 2021

Patterson et. al. v. Bonnet Shores

This is a friend of the court brief we filed in support of an independent lawsuit challenging a policy of the Bonnet Shores Fire District (BSFD) that bars residents from voting if they own less than $400 of property in the district, while allowing thousands of non-resident beach cabana owners – i

June 9, 2021 Voting Rights Economic Justice

Koso v. Neronha

This is an APRA lawsuit against the state’s Attorney General, challenging a $225 fee his office has charged a law student in order to provide her copies of public reports that state law requires the AG's office to annually submit to the RI General Assembly.

January 29, 2021 Government Transparency