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Legal Advocacy

The ACLU of Utah seeks to address civil liberties problems without having to rely on litigation. Below are letters we have written on a variety of issues in which we attempted to resolve reported grievances outside of the courtroom.

ACLU of Utah Asserts Salt Lake Valley Detention Center Cannot Detain Minors Without Parental Notification

20 February 2004 Published in Legal Advocacy
Letter to the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center regarding the detention of minors without parental notification.

ACLU of Utah Requests Public Records from Utah Department of Public Safety on Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange (MATRIX)

18 November 2003 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah submitted a formal request pursuant to the Utah Government Records and Management Act (GRAMA) to allow inspection and copying of the public records held by the Utah Department of Public Safety regarding the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange (MATRIX).

ACLU of Utah Maintains Courts Must Provide Indigent Defense for Man Who Was Denied Counsel After Being Charged with Traffic Violations

03 October 2003 Published in Legal Advocacy
Letter to Judge Kevin Christensen regarding Trent M. Brown's unpaid fine for citations including illegal dumping, parking a trailer, and a violation of the Utah Department of Transportation's (UDOT) right of way.

ACLU of Utah Appeals Salt Lake City Police Department's Denial of GRAMA Request

30 September 2003 Published in Legal Advocacy
Letter to Rick Dinse, Salt Lake City Chief of Police, regarding the appeal of a Governmental Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) request.

ACLU of Utah Submits GRAMA Request to Salt Lake City Police Department After Police Officers Film Attendees at Pro-Patriot Act Rally

11 September 2003 Published in Legal Advocacy
When Attorney General John Ashcroft visited Salt Lake City in 2003 to promote the USA Patriot Act, police officers of the Salt Lake City Police Department videotaped several attendees at the Ashcroft rally, sparking concerns over the privacy and First Amendment associational rights of those in attendance. In response, the ACLU of Utah submitted a letter to the Salt Lake City Police Department regarding a request under the Governmental Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA).

Midway Elementary School Officials Warned They Must Prohibit Harrassment of Students with Disabilities

18 August 2003 Published in Legal Advocacy
Letter to Midway Elementary School regarding the harassment of a student with disabilities resulting from brain tumor surgery.

In Letter to Salt Lake City Council, ACLU of Utah Expresses Concern Over Sale of Main Street Plaza

03 June 2003 Published in Legal Advocacy
Letter to the Salt Lake City Council regarding the mayor’s proposal to abandon the public’s rights on the Main Street Plaza.

In Victory for Privacy Rights, ACLU of Utah Informs Salt Lake County Sheriff of Legal Limitations on Vehicle Checkpoints

12 May 2003 Published in Legal Advocacy
Letter to Salt Lake County Sheriff Aaron Kennard regarding vehicle checkpoints and the recently decided case Utah v. Abell.

ACLU of Utah Appeals Virgin City Mayor's Denial of GRAMA Request

11 March 2003 Published in Legal Advocacy
Letter to Virgin City Mayor regarding the appeal of its denial of a GRAMA request.

ACLU of Utah Submits GRAMA Request to Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control After Department Fails to Comply with Utah's Open and Public Meetings Act

03 February 2003 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah submitted a GRAMA Request to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) after the Salt Lake Tribune reported that DABC asked the LDS Church to review proposed changes to Utah's alcohol laws, in direct violation of Utah's Open and Public Meetings Act. Our office submitted a letter to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regarding the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA).

ACLU of Utah Comments on Proposed Restrictions for Main Street Plaza

17 December 2002 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU comments on Mayor Anderson’s proposed restrictions for the Main Street Plaza.

ACLU of Utah Challenges Censorship and Fees for Speaking at Virgin Town Council Meetings

06 November 2002 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah challenges censorship of content and fees for speaking at Virgin town council meetings.

ACLU of Utah Writes Salt Lake City Officials About Main Street Plaza Restrictions

18 October 2002 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah writes Salt Lake City officials about Main Street Plaza restrictions.

ACLU of Utah Objects to Mayor Anderson's Closed-Door Meeting to Discuss Future of Main Street Plaza Easement

15 October 2002 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah objects to Mayor Anderson’s closed-door meeting to discuss the future of the Main Street Plaza easement.

In Letter to Utah Supreme Court, ACLU of Utah Outlines Effects of Alabama v. Shelton

01 July 2002 Published in Legal Advocacy
In a letter to the Utah Supreme Court, the ACLU of Utah outlines the effects of Alabama v. Shelton.

ACLU of Utah Addresses Due Process Concerns Over Drug Court's Testing Facilities

10 June 2002 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah sends a letter to Governor Leavitt, as well as GRAMA requests to the 8th District Drug Court and Uintah County Jail, in order to address due process concerns posed by the drug court’s testing facilities.

ACLU of Utah Asks Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department About Memorial Day Checkpoints

28 May 2002 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah Asks Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department About Memorial Day Checkpoints.

ACLU of Utah Sends Public Records Request to Get Copies of Videotapes of Olympic Legal Observers

04 April 2002 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah Sends Public Records Request to Get Copies of Videotapes of Olympic Legal Observers.

ACLU of Utah Asks Davis County to Address Searches of Legal Observers

03 April 2002 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah Asks Davis County to Address Searches of Legal Observers.