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Judge rules that Twitter must hand over information on WikiLeaks supporters

A year ago this week, it was learned that a US grand jury had secretly issued subpoenas for the Twitter account information of several WikiLeaks supporters. The subpoenas have been held up by challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but now U.S. District Judge…

Michigan faces lawsuit over new domestic partner health care ban

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against a new state law that eliminates health care coverage for the domestic partners of public employees. The lawsuit charges that the new law discriminates against gay and lesbian public employees by forcing them to…

Police departments could soon have easier access to airborne drones: report

In June, the first American citizens in history were arrested with the help of an unmanned Predator drone aircraft. And the incident could be a glimpse into the future of U.S. law enforcement. The Federal Aviation Administration next month could make it easier for police departments to obtain and use…

Obama will not veto National Defense Authorization Act

The White House on Wednesday said it would not veto the controversial National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney said the latest version of the legislation had addressed his worries about new rules on terrorism suspects. The legislation has been the subject of considerable…

ACLU sues Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over new voter ID law

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty filed a federal lawsuit against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday, alleging that the state’s new voter ID law is unconstitutional. The law, which was passed by the Republican-led state legislature in…

ACLU asks Supreme Court to invalidate patents for human genes

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to invalidate patents for human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. “We are asking the Court to rule that patent law cannot impede the rights of scientists and doctors to conduct…

Nebraska man wins right to pot-themed license plate

The State of Nebraska will issue a custom license plate with the numbers 420 on it, after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spoke up for a marijuana activist whose unusual request was denied. All it took was a lawsuit. Thanks to the ACLU of Nebraska, Frank Shoemaker, a resident…

U.S. judge halts drug tests for aid applicants

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – A judge on Monday halted a new Florida law that requires low-income parents seeking federal cash assistance to pass a drug test before receiving any money. In a 37-page ruling in Orlando, District Court Judge Mary Scriven granted an injunction barring the state from enforcing the…

Councilman strip-searched for using profanity in complaint to police

A city councilman in Pennsylvania has filed a federal lawsuit against Gilberton mayor Mary Lou Hannon and police chief Mark Kessler after being arrested and strip-searched for using profanity in a voicemail. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit (PDF) Thursday on behalf of Gilberton Borough Councilman…

Man faced 15 years in prison for recording police officer

An Illinois man faces a felony and up to 15 years in prison for recording a traffic stop using his cell phone. Illinois has one of the most restrictive eavesdropping laws in the country. Someone recording audio must have the permission of everyone being recorded. “I’m in a private car…

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