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Today the ACLU of Utah and co-counsel Holland & Hart, LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Utah for failing to meet its Sixth Amendment obligations under the U.S. Constitution.
Abdi Mohamed, an 18-year-old community member, was shot multiple times by an SLCPD officer on February 27, 2016, in the downtown Rio Grande neighborhood.
Download a PDF of this release >> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2016 SAN JUAN COUNTY, UTAH – Today the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and seven members of the Navajo Nation – plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit over voting rights and voter access in San Juan County – filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Utah to dismiss a recent counterclaim by San Juan County and its officials. “The counterclaim is an unfortunate distraction from a serious lawsuit about the voting rights of a historically marginalized community in rural Utah,” said Leah Farrell, Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Utah and co-counsel on the original lawsuit, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County et al. “This lawsuit is about – and only about – how San Juan County’s election processes disenfranchise Navajo voters. Fifty years ago, when the Voting Rights Act was first proposed, brave Americans gave their lives for the right to vote. These plaintiffs are helping to ensure that this fundamental right does not unravel.” The original lawsuit was filed in late February. It arose from the county’s decision in 2014 to close all polling places and switch to a mail-only voting system. The…
ACLU, Salt Lake Police and Salt Lake School District Settle Suit over “Gang Operation” at West High School
The SLC Police Department and the SLC School District have agreed to make broad and meaningful changes in how they treat students of color and engage in school disciplinary issues.
The Utah Justice Coalition has been working together for several years to pursue the abolishment of the death penalty.
“We are very proud of the progress we made – and this effort is far from over!”
The ACLU of Utah joins Salt Lake City community members in calling for a full investigation of the recent shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Muhamed by Salt Lake City police officers.
The County’s decision to switch to a mail-only voting system, and designating only one distant location for in-person voting, adversely impacts Navajo voters.
Today the Office of the Legislative Auditor General released a troubling audit of the Board of Pardons and Parole confirming the complaints of many inmates and family members.
The federal court today entered a judgment against West Valley City and its police chief in a case brought by three former West High School students over a 2010 school-based “gang sweep” that prompted a class action lawsuit by the ACLU of Utah and the ACLU Racial Justice Program.
The Utah Judicial Council Study Committee released a report highlighting widespread deficiencies in Utah’s system to provide legal counsel for people who can’t afford a private attorney.
The suit alleges that on its face, the ordinance violates the Utah and U.S. Constitutions because it requires a permit for almost any conceivable form of public expression and imposes criminal penalties for failing to comply.
Yesterday the ACLU of Utah launched “YES ON SIX,” an education and advocacy campaign to push for significant improvements to Utah’s failing county-by-country public defense system.
The ACLU of Utah will launch its “YES ON SIX” campaign this Thursday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 a.m. In 2011, the ACLU documented the inadequacies of Utah’s indigent system in a report called “Failing Gideon."
US Dept of Education to Investigate SLC School District for Discrimination Against Minority Students
The U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Civil Rights will investigate multiple allegations of racial discrimination against students of color in the Salt Lake City School District.
The coalition People Not Prisons has a message for the Prison Relocation Commission and the public: “The site has been selected, now it is time to focus on doing this right.”
Prisoners at Utah State Prison in Draper have launched a hunger strike against restrictive housing conditions that keep them in their cells for 47 out of 48 hours.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah federal court ruled Wednesday that the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics must recognize a same-sex married couple as legal parents of their child. The case was argued before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson whose ruling holds that the state must apply Utah’s assisted reproduction parentage statute equally to same and different-sex spouses. “The court's decision makes clear that Utah must provide the same benefits, protections, and obligations to married same-sex couples that it provides to every other married couple,” said Joshua Block, senior staff attorney for the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV Project. “Utah's assisted conception statutes were passed to ensure that children have the protection of two legal parents from the moment they are born. The state could not identify any reason at all to explain why it should be able to deny that same protection to Angie and Kami's family.” The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah brought Roe v. Patton on behalf of plaintiffs Angie and Kami Roe, arguing that the Office’s refusal to recognize female spouses as parents violates their right to equal protection. “We are overjoyed by…