Individual Liberty

The First, Third, Fourth, and Ninth Amendments protect personal liberty and the right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion. The Fifth Amendment, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment, says that neither the federal government nor states can deprive citizens of their liberty without due process.

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North Carolina Faith Leaders Make Unique Case for Gay Marriage
Date: 4/29/14
Source: MSNBC

Board Approves Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Protections
Date: 4/24/14
Source: jsonline.com

The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Michigan’s Affirmative Action Ban
Date: 4/22/14
Source: thewire.com

Muslim groups, civil liberties advocates applaud end of NYPD Muslim surveillance program
Date: 4/16/14
Source: FOX News

Michigan civil rights group develops mobile app to report discrimination
Date: 4/16/14
Source: The Times Herald

Manchester settles with federal civil rights agency over minority students in advanced courses
Date: 4/15/14
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader

Civil liberties organization asks federal court to declare NJ’s anti-bullying law unconstitutional
Date: 4/9/14
Source: NJ.com

Civil Liberties On Trial In Occupy Wall St. Case
Date: 4/8/14
Source: MintPressNews.com

Civil liberties group threatens lawsuits over school enrollment practices
Date: 4/7/14
Source: Press of Atlantic City

Wisconsin Supreme Court Set to Hear Arguments in Voter ID Lawsuit
Date: 2/24/14
Source: Milawukee Public Radio

No more waiting to wed in Illinois’ largest county
Date: 2/21/14
Source: MSNBC

Supreme Court shuts down quick divorce company, cites owner for unlawful legal practice
Date: 2/18/14
Source: Cleveland.com

Same-sex marriage moving swiftly back toward Supreme Court
Date: 2/15/14
Source: LA Times

Supreme Court Rule 28.8 may be invalid
Date: 2/10/14
Source: Washington Post

‘You all need to leave’: SWAT uses Fla. woman’s home without permission
Date: 2/06/14
Source: Washington Times

Feds yank Google Glass user from movie theater
Date: 1/22/14
Source: USA Today

North Carolina: Judge Blocks Ultrasound Requirement
Date: 1/18/14
Source: NY Times

Obama Outlines Calibrated Curbs on Phone Spying
Date: 1/17/14
Source: NY Times

Obama to speak next week on NSA changes
Date 1/10/14
Source: USA Today

DOJ to recognize Utah’s same-sex marriages
Date: 1/10/14
Source: USA Today

Federal appeals court to review Texas abortion law
Date: 1/06/14
Source: The Monitor

Justices Block Gay Marriage in Utah During Appeal of Case
Date: 1/06/14
Source: NY Times

Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional
Date: 12/16/13
Source: CNN

Part Of Utah’s Polygamy Law Declared Unconstitutional By Judge
Date: 12/14/13
Source: Huffington Post

Washington sex offenders, ACLU sue to hide low-level offenders’ identities
Date: 12/15/13
Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

Virginia Gay Couples Seek Marriage Case That Could Reach U.S. Supreme Court
Date: 12/13/13
Source: Huffington Post

Indiana State Police tracking cellphones — but won’t say how or why
Date: 12/11/13
Source: USA Today

Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users
Date: 12/09/13
Source: NY Times

Anaheim, ACLU in talks to settle council district election lawsuit
Date: 12/5/13
Source: LA Times

The FBI Can Still Read Your Email Without A Warrant, But This Bill Would Change That
Date: 12/5/13
Source: The Huffington Post

NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show
Date: 12/4/13
Source: The Washington Post

Former Stanford student sues over no-fly list
Date: 12/3/13
Source: San Francisco Gate

St. Louis permit issue halts hot food for homeless
Date: 12/4/13
Source: The Daily Statesman

Push to Require Every Car to Have a ‘Black Box’ Raises Privacy Concerns
Date: 12/3/13
Source: ABC 5

ACLU expresses concern over city’s proposed rental inspection program
Date: 12/3/13
Source: Lawrence Journal-World

Oregon Girl Barred From Selling Mistletoe But Told Okay to Beg
Date: 12/2/13
Source: ABC News

ACLU sues for info on dilapidated schools
Date: 11/28/13
Source: Asbury Park Press

New tax law driving expats to renounce U.S. citizenship
Date: 11/27/13
Source: McClatchy DC

ACLU asks judge to halt NSA surveillance
Date: 11/22/13
Source: My Fox NY

ACLU asks New York judge to halt NSA surveillance
Date: 11/23/13
Source: Fox News

Pa. Gay Marriage Suit Takes Big Step Toward Trial
Date: 11/15/13
Source: ABC News

Source: CIA using Patriot Act to collect money-transfer data
Date: 11/15/13
Source: CNN

North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood
Date: 11/20/13
Source: NBC Dallas Fort Worth

Americans’ personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others in security probe
Date: 11/15/13
Source: The Kansas City Star

Big brother is watching
Date: 11/14/13
Source: The Deerfield Valley News

ACLU attorney speaks on NSA: ‘The Fourth Amendment in the Era of Mass Dataveillance’
Date: 11/14/13
Source: The Daily Princetonian

ACLU: Alabama 3rd in state prisoners serving life without parole for non-violent crimes
Date: 11/14/13
Source: Al.com

ACLU: Marijuana arrests show discrepancies by race
Date: 11/13/13
Source: My Sun Coast

ACLU Challenges Police Use of ‘Papers Please’
Date: 11/12/13
Source: KPBS

Police body cameras spur privacy debate
Date: 11/10/13
Source: The Washington Post

ACLU wants new rules for tech reportedly used to catch Boston bombers
Date: 11/5/13
Source: Fox News

Wisconsin voter ID law challenge set to go to trial
Date: 11/4/13
Source: New York Daily News

FBI program’s lack of safeguards allows civil liberties violations, ACLU report says
Date: 10/31/13
Source: Daily Local News

Court Blocks Ruling on NY Police Stop-Frisk Policy
Date: 10/31/13
Source: Big Story

Legislation Unveiled to Bar NSA’s Bulk Phone Metadata Collection
Date: 10/29/13
Source: Wired

Two couples in Texas sue to lift ban on gay marriage
Date: 10/28/13
Source: My San Antonio

ACLU, Montana settle women’s prison lawsuit
Date: 10/29/13
Source: Independent Record

ACLU asks Michigan communities to repeal laws against panhandling
Date: 10/29/13
Source: Detroit Free Press

ACLU: Anaheim’s Anti-Homeless Crackdown Legally “Disingenuous”
Date: 10/28/13
Source: The OC Weekly

Indifference to privacy rights chided in Mo. Report
Date: 10/28/13
Source: Southeast Missourian

East Haven Officers Convicted Of Civil Rights Violations
Date: 10/21/13
Source: The Hartford Courant

4 same-sex couples sue TN for not recognizing their marriages
Date: 10/21/13
Source: The Tennessean

Minority drivers ticketed in Green Bay at significantly higher rate than whites
Date: 10/19/13
Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

Racial profiling study cited in sharp drop in traffic stops and tickets issued by Kalamazoo police
Date: 10/19/13
Source: MLive

ACLU criticizes immigration “sweeps” at Kern courthouses
Date: 10/17/13
Source: The Bakersfield Californian

ACLU: Day care bills OK’d by Michigan Senate place ‘nearly impossible burden’ on sex offenders, police
Date: 10/16/13
Source: MLive

Lawsuit filed to overturn Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban
Date: 10/15/13
Source: KATU 2

Report: NSA collecting e-mail and IM contacts globally
Date: 10/15/13
Source: USA Today

U.S. justices to hear race case; one side has two voices
Date: 10/14/13
Source: Reuters

State drug database proposal stirs privacy concerns
Date: 10/13/13
Source: Reading Eagle Press

On watch: Security cameras going up in Butte parks to deter vandalism
Date: 10/13/13
Source: The Montana Standard

Judge Orders City To Issue Vending Permits; City Plans To Appeal
Date: 10/9/13
Source: WABE

Englewood street camera plan getting mixed reviews
Date: 10/10/13
Source: North Jersey

Police Raising Concerns Over New Racial Profiling Law
Date: 10/9/13
Source: NBC Connecticut

Arizona ACLU seeks probe of ‘roving’ Border Patrol stops
Date: 10/9/13
Source: Arizona Daily Star

Careful what you tweet: Police, schools tap social media to track behavior
Date: 10/3/13
Source: NBC News

Nearly two in five workers can’t do their jobs without government approval
Date: 10/3/13
Source: The Washington Post

That’s Enough Light on Domestic Drones
Date: 10/1/13
Source: Courthouse News Service

In Test Project, N.S.A. Tracked Cellphone Locations
Date: 10/2/13
Source: New York Times

N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens
Date: 9/28/13
Source: New York Times

NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show
Date: 9/30/13
Source: The Guardian

Va. Starting to develop a master identity database
Date: 9/30/13
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Wiretapping laws apply to Google intercepting emails, federal judge says
Date: 9/26/13
Source: The Hill

Oregon Appeals Court says suspects have privacy rights in bathrooms
Date: 9/25/13
Source: Oregon Live

U.S. internal watchdog finds NSA workers spied on significant others
Date: 9/27/13
Source: Reuters

Hispanic Politicians Fight Texas Voter ID Law In Court

Date: 9/18/13
Source: Fox News

Arizona expands ban denying driver’s license to immigrants
Date: 9/18/13
Source: NBC News

Activists and law enforcement square off over gang injunctions
Date: 9/14/18
Source: Daily Breeze

Flagler County may tweak smoking ban after ACLU complains
Date: 9/10/13
Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal

U.S. debates security vs. privacy 12 years after 9/11
Date: 9/10/13
Source: USA Today

Abercrombie calls for special session on same-sex marriage
Date: 9/10/13
Source: Hawaii News Now

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s medical marijuana revisions pass Assembly
Date: 9/09/13
Source: CNN

North Carolina voters fear new ID law will keep them from polls
Date: 9/09/13
Source: LA Times

Immigrant asks California Supreme Court for law license over US DOJ objections
Date: 9/04/13
Source: Washington Post

Oklahoma Supreme Court takes up custody battle over Cherokee girl once awarded to SC couple
Date: 9/04/13
Source: Washington Post

Colo. marijuana patients protest privacy breaches
Date: 8/21/2013
Source; Denver Post

Judge says Tumblr ‘joke’ was terrorist threat, levies five-year social media ban
Date: 8/21/13
Source: The Verge

Judge blocks Oklahoma ‘morning after’ pill law
Date: 8/19/13
Source: The Oklahoman

Calif. Supreme Court: Only school nurses to give insulin shots for students?
Date: 5/29/13
Source: ABC News

Minnesota poised to become 12th state to adopt same-sex marriage
Date: 5/13/13
Source: Reuters

Vermont Assisted Suicide Bill Passes State Senate
Date: 5/10/13
Source: Huffington Post

Civil Rights Groups Sue LAPD, LA County Sheriff’s Department Over Automatic License Plate Readers
Date: 5/6/13
Source: CBS Los Angeles

Civil rights, medical groups weigh in on HIV case
Date: 5/5/13
Source: Star Tribune

Iowa Supreme Court: Birth certificate should name both same-sex parents
Date: 5/2/13
Source: DesMoines Register

Iowa Senate OKs expanded DNA sampling for crimes, despite civil liberties objections
Date: 5/1/13
Source: Des Moines Register

Poll: Americans More Concerned About Civil Liberties In Wake Of Boston Bombing
Date: 5/1/13
Source: Time Swampland

Texas Civil Rights Project Files Suit Against Private Corporation Running Dawson State Jail
Date: 5/1/13
Source: KUT News

Civil rights groups oppose No Child Left Behind waiver for LAUSD
Date: 4/30/13
Source: Daily News Los Angeles

Feds blasts Florida’s unemployment compensation system for denying civil rights
Date: 4/25/13
Source: Miami Herald

Supreme Court considers gene patents
Date: 4/15/13
Source: Washington Post

Sen. Mitch McConnell campaign continues to attack source of anonymous audio recording
Date: 4/11/13
Source: Courier-Journal.com

Ben Carson Withdraws As Johns Hopkins Commencement Speaker After Gay Marriage Outcry
Date: 4/11/13
Source: Huffington Post

Rand Paul: “I’ve never wavered” in supporting Civil Rights Act
Date: 4/10/13
Source: CBS News

Chester resident files civil rights suit for arrest in 2012 shooting
Date: 4/10/13
Source: DelcoTimes.com

Secrets of FBI Smartphone Surveillance Tool Revealed in Court Fight
Date: 4/9/13
Source: Wired.com

Students, civil rights groups say ‘No’ to school cop
Date: 4/8/13
Source: JCOnline.com

Pinellas sheriff says civil liberties bill would protect drug dealers, pedophiles
Date: 4/5/13
Source: Tampa Bay Times

Lawmakers Grapple With End-of-Life Legislation
Date: 4/01/13
Source: Texas Tribune