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9:55 am
Tue November 19, 2013

ALCU Seeks Limit on Local Police Involvement in Immigration

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says a state senator is seeking to limit local police involvement in immigration enforcement.

The ACLU says Democrat Victor Ramirez of Prince George's County is announcing the legislation Tuesday in Hyattsville. A Ramirez staff member said Monday that details of the bill were still being ironed out.

The ACLU says the Maryland Trust Act will restore community trust in local law enforcement.

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9:12 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Sex Offender Suit Resolved Involving Dover Law

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit challenging a Dover ordinance that prohibits sex offenders from living within 500 feet of day care centers.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit in February on behalf of Michael A. Justice, a registered sex offender who began living at his mother's apartment before the ordinance was adopted.

The ACLU said in a statement Tuesday that because the city has added a grandfather clause to the ordinance and Justice can stay in his home, there's no need for a court ruling.

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9:23 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Public Hearing On Delawre City Oil Refinery Not Good Enough, Environmental Groups say

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and Sierra Club are challenging how state environmental officials handled a recent public hearing regarding the Delaware City oil refinery.

The groups complained to the attorney general's office Tuesday about a June 4 hearing regarding the refinery's permit renewal application.

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10:43 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Racial Disparaity in Maryland Marijuana Arrests

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A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union found that African Americans in Maryland are almost three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story:

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11:11 am
Fri April 12, 2013

ACLU Vs. Ocean City

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Ocean City.

Their client, William Hassay Jr., a violinist, is asking for monetary damages for losses he suffered when he stopped playing because of the resort’s noise ordinance.

In his complaint Hassay says he had earned around $25-thousand each summer from tourist tips but was forced to perform in “ less lucrative settings” last summer.

This, he said, produced a significant loss of income.

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10:44 am
Fri March 1, 2013

ACLU Files Court Order Against Delaware Prisons In Rape Case

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed for a court order to enforce reforms in Delaware prisons claiming the Department of Corrections has failed to follow through on its promises to protect female prisoners from sexual assault.

The legal action comes five years after a female prisoner reported being raped by a prison guard.

That resulted in a year and a-half of civil lawsuits brought with the help of the ACLU which resulted in a settlement.

The agreement required the Corrections Department to carry out a series of reforms at the Baylor Women’s Institution.

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8:46 am
Tue February 5, 2013

ACLU to Oppose Cell Phone Tracking

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Officials from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland are urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that will allow police to obtain cell phone tracking information without a search warrant.

The civil liberties group will testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday at 1 p.m.

ACLU officials say that law enforcement should obtain a search warrant based upon probable cause before accessing this information.

According to the ACLU, mobile phones register their location with cell phone networks several times a minute.

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8:34 am
Fri January 25, 2013

MD State Police Must Release Records

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled police must release files relating to how authorities investigate racial profiling.


The Maryland Court of Appeals released the decision on Thursday.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP have contended the Maryland State Police must turn over the record. Police have argued the documents are personnel records that are exempt from disclosure under Maryland's public information law.

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8:46 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Police Use of Automatic License Plate Readers Questioned

They’re called automatic license plate readers.

And they’re used by police and state agencies.

But the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has joined affiliates from 35 other states who want a better explanation from authorities on how the information is used.

The ACLU of Maryland says the state has reported more than 320 license plate readers in use.

The civil liberties organization says the data is potentially stored indefinitely after it is gathered from cameras mounted on patrol cars or stationary objects along roads.

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8:25 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Redistricting Up for Discussion Before Salisbury City Council

 

            The Salisbury City Council will take up proposed redistricting plans this evening during its work session.

            The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened that the city could face litigation.

            Last week, the Council told the City Attorney to work with the ACLU on the issue.

            Meredith Curtis, with the ACLU, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the organization would not go beyond saying that they are in discussions with the city.

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12:41 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Redistricting In Salisbury to be Heard at Council Work Session

 

          The Salisbury City Council is set to take up proposals at its work session tonight to redraw district lines that could see the end of the at-large District 2.

            Council President Terry Cohen emphasized that the council body has not taken a position on any proposals or comments set forth by city staff or the public.

            Mayor Jim Ireton has offered three plans one of which would provide for only five council districts two of which would be majority minority districts.

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