American Civil Liberties Union

(Married couple Michael Knaapen and John Becker kiss after hearing the US Supreme Court decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.  Credit: Mark Wilson/ Getty Images)

ACLU Hopes Supreme Court’s DOMA ‘No’ Will Topple the Pennsylvania Domino

The American Civil Liberties Union is going to court to end the ban on gay marriage in Pennsylvania.

07/09/2013

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New Pa. Law Will Prohibit Obamacare Insurance Coverage For Most Abortions

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has signed a bill that will prohibit coverage of most abortions by insurance policies to be offered through a federally run insurance “exchange” being set up as part of the new federal health care law.

06/17/2013

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Pa. Lawmakers Urge Norristown To Overturn Its Rule Limiting 911 Calls By Renters

The ordinance calls for financial penalties for a landlord who has a tenant who calls police at least three times during a four-month period.

04/30/2013

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ACLU Says Philadelphia Cops Still Misusing ‘Stop and Frisk’ Procedure

A federal judge continues to oversee an agreement between the ACLU and the Nutter administration in which the police department agreed to better train officers on the use of “stop and frisk.”

03/19/2013

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ACLU Sues On Behalf of Philadelphia Student Arrested For Videotaping Police Activity

An ACLU attorney says Temple student Christopher Montgomery used his iPhone in January 2011 to record an altercation involving police and a mob in center city, and was arrested.

01/16/2013

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New Technology Helps Cherry Hill Police Nab Suspect

Ford was connected by police to eight robberies in South Jersey. But thanks to the Cherry Hill Police Department’s brand new automatic license plate reader, Ford was caught and arrested after the reader picked up his license plate.

12/20/2012

(Notices posted in English and Spanish by the Committee of 70 alerted voters that they did not need to show ID cards for last November's election.)

Challenge to Pa. Voter ID Law Likely To Drag Beyond May 2013 Primary

ACLU legal director Vic Walczak says the judge will likely schedule a hearing between now and May to determine whether to block the law for the primary.

12/13/2012

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Opponents of Pa. Voter ID Law Vow Appeal

“This decision by Judge Simpson is dripping in political partisanship,” says Jerry Mondesire, the president of the Pennsylvania NAACP.

08/15/2012

(Viviette Applewhite, 93, is lead plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's new voter ID law.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Courtroom Showdown Over Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

“It’s been like hell for me,” says lead plaintiff Viviette Applewhite, 93, who testified that she’s been trying for years to get acceptable ID.

07/25/2012

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NJ Appeals Panel Upholds Limits to ’24/7′ Behavior Policy By Schools

A three-judge appellate panel in New Jersey has ruled that school districts cannot impose a so-called “24/7″ policy on student behavior unless that behavior has a direct impact on the school itself.

07/25/2012

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ACLU Lawsuit Puts Kibosh On New Driver’s License ID Rules In New Jersey

Legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union has delayed New Jersey’s new driver’s license requirements.

05/07/2012

Wilola Lee is a plaintiff in the ACLU's lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law. (Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Plaintiff In Voter ID Lawsuit Has Fought For Years To Prove Her Identity

One of the plaintiffs in the suit says she’s spent the last 10 years trying to prove her identity, and has been voting legally in Philadelphia for nearly 40 years.

05/01/2012

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Confederate Flag License Plate Creates Civil War at a Delaware Agency

It’s an issue that has caught the attention of the ACLU.

03/27/2012

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ACLU To Sue Over Cops’ Seizure of Cameras From Bystanders

“As a private citizen, you have the right to videotape (officers),” Philadelphia Police deputy commissioner Richard Ross says.

09/07/2011

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Pa. Teens Can’t Be Suspended For MySpace Parodies

A federal appeals court says two Pennsylvania teens can’t be disciplined at school for MySpace parodies of their principals created off-campus.

06/13/2011

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