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July 2021 

'A philosophical change': How Davis County is working to prevent inmate suicides
KSL
07/6/2021

June 2021

‘Deceased’: Suspect in Murray police shootout becomes 5th officer-involved fatality in Utah this year
ABC4
06/23/2021

Banning critical race theory harms minority students, panel of educators says
KSL
06/18/2021

USU data law expert named to state privacy commission
Cache Valley Daily
06/20/2021

Discussions On Transgender Girls In School Sports Continues In The Legislature
KPCW 
06/17/2021

Protesters Accused Of Painting Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office Red Plead Guilty To Lesser Charges
KUER
06/16/2021

Bills on transgender youth will return to Utah legislature
FOX 13
06/16/2021

RADIOACTIVE SUMMER BREAK: JUNE 15, 2021
KRCL
06/15/2021

San Juan County heads toward potential electoral redistricting: Decades of legal trouble complicate process
Moab Sun News 
06/03/2021

 

May 2021

Utah transgender athlete bill coming back, but sponsor plans to do things differently
KUTV
05/24/2021

ACLU raps health department for lack of COVID-19 inmate vaccinations at Weber County Jail
Ogden Standard Examiner 
05/20/2021

The Utah AG’s Office Found Police Were Justified In Their Response To A Cottonwood Heights Protest
KUER
05/12/2021

April 2021

As Utah Corrections Department Reaches Vaccine Milestone, ACLU Pushes For More Access In Local Jails
KUER
04/29/2021 

ACLU of Utah calls for universal vaccine access for incarcerated people
Salt Lake Tribune
04/28/2021

Soter: It’s Time for a New Salt Lake Homeless Shelter
Daily Utah Chronicle
04/20/2021

'Love Your Rights' campaign to teach what to do if you're stopped by police
KUTV
04/20/2021

Utah's mobile driver license eventually could make laminated ID cards an optional relic
Ogden Standard Examiner 
04/13/2021

Governor hopes new homelessness chief can keep Legislature 'involved' in solving problem
Deseret News 
04/13/2021

Salt Lake City police are giving officers shotguns that shoot beanbags
Salt Lake Tribune 
04/12/2021

Trial set in civil suit over Davis County inmate's death from internal bleeding after fall
Ogden Standard Examiner
04/10/2021

Years after a spate of questionable Utah in-custody deaths, Utah jail operating standards are now public records
Salt Lake Tribune 
04/02/2021

March 2021

Judge orders release of Utah jail standards, ruling copyright is not a blanket protection
Ogden Standard Examiner
03/26/2021

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox vetoes controversial social media legislation
Salt Lake Tribune
03/23/2021

Cox vetoes effort to address perceived social media censorship — and it’s a family matter now
Deseret News
03/23/2021

Letter: Two acts set for U.S. Senate vote could initiate bold and inclusive immigration reform
Salt Lake Tribune 
03/23/2021

Utah governor signs divisive measure to require porn filters
AP
03/23/2021

Utah’s Anti-Porn Crusade Marches On With Tech Filtering Law
Courthouse News
03/23/2021

Utah is about to pass a law making iPhones filter porn — but only if other states pass one, too
The Verge
03/21/2021

Cushman: Don’t Be Lenient on Biden
Daily Utah Chronicle
03/21/2021

Utah should not expand the government’s role in censoring free speech
Deseret News
03/19/2021

UTAH’S HARD-WON BAIL REFORMS ARE IN JEOPARDY
The Appeal 
03/19/2021

Courtesy U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Immigration and Customs Enforcement
KSL
03/18/2021

Capitol Capers
City Weekly
03/18/2021

Exclusive: How the Utah Jazz got involved in the debate over the transgender sports bill
Salt Lake Tribune
03/16/2021

Porn would automatically be blocked on phones under Utah law
NY Post/AP 
03/16/2021

Utah campaign against porn marches on with phone filter bill awaiting governor's signature
KSL/AP
03/16/2021

US House to examine bill setting new standards for biometric, digital privacy rights
BiometricUpdate.com
03/15/2021

Utah bill enhances consequences for people who fail to report abuse
KUTV 
03/11/2021

Tech winners in Utah’s 2021 legislative session: Cellphone porn filters, new rules for social media platforms and personal privacy protections
Deseret News
03/07/2021

Election integrity law survives Legislature’s last days
Cache Valley Daily
03/07/2021

Government’s use of facial recognition software regulated under bill headed to governor
Salt Lake Tribune 
03/04/2021

Utah Legislature Passes Bill to Require Cell Phone Manufacturers to Install Pornography Filters
Law and Crime
03/05/2021

What Passed And What Failed — A Recap Of The 2021 Legislative Session
KUER
03/05/2021

KUER Week 7: Pass Bills, Not Germs
KUER 
03/05/2021

Utah within shooting distance of social media content moderation law
03/04/2021

Bill to ban transgender athletes in women’s sports stalls in Utah legislature
BYU Daily Universe 
03/03/2021


February 2021

Utah lawmakers mostly behind a passel of personal privacy bills, but time's running short
Deseret News
02/28/2021

Black kids in Utah are arrested at 8 times their share of the population. This bill suggests a way to possibly change that
Salt Lake Tribune 
02/26/2021

Utah lawmakers taking aim at social media censorship in proposed legislation
Salt Lake Tribune
02/26/2021

Mantua Police deploy license-plate reading cameras to the entrances of town
KUTV
02/26/2021

Bill targets how police use info showing where you’ve been and what internet searches you make
Deseret News
02/25/2021

Utah could scrap its English-only law
Salt Lake Tribune 
02/25/2021

Advocate says transgender athlete bill not about 'equality,' 'fairness'
KUTV 
2/23/2021

Senate committee approves bill requiring de-escalation training for police in wake of 2020 protests
St George Utah
02/23/2021

Utah Legislative Committee Passes Bill With Harsh Penalties For Rioters
KUER
02/18/2021

Utah legislative committee approves harsh rioting penalties
AP
02/18/2021

Leaders of armed groups advocate for Utah bill increasing punishment for rioters
Salt Lake Tribune 
02/17/2021

Two bills born from last summer's protests get approval by senate committee
FOX13
02/17/2021

‘Enough’s enough’: Utah lawmakers move to toughen penalties on ‘rioters
Deseret News 
02/17/2021

Utah legislative committee holds watered-down bill addressing controversial no-knock warrants
Salt Lake Tribune
02/17/2021

Package thieves could face a minimum $3,000 fine, 10-day jail sentence under new Utah bill
Salt Lake Tribune
02/16/2021

Utah advances bill that would require mandatory ‘porn filter’ on smartphones and tablets
Fortune
02/16/2021

'We're out here because of trauma': Being homeless in Utah in winter during COVID-19
KSL
02/14/2021

Will this Utah proposal quash lawsuits from victims of data breaches?
Deseret News
02/14/2021

Lawmakers pursue limiting public access to mug shots
AP
02/14/2021

Utah Bill Seeking To Reign In No-knock Warrants Stalls In Legislative Committee
KUER 
02/12/2021

Effort to restrict police use of ‘no-knock’ warrants in Utah stalls in House committee
Deseret News 
02/12/2021

Bill that would prohibit protesting outside private homes advances
Fox 13
02/09/2021

Ballot tracking proposal advancing with bipartisan support in state legislature
Cache Valley Daily
02/07/2021

KRCL RADIOACTIVE: February 4, 2021
KRCL
02/04/2021

Utah lawmakers discuss police reform bills
FOX13
02/04/2021

7 bills spurred by slain Utah student Lauren McCluskey target officer misconduct
Salt Lake Tribune 
02/03/2021

Utah bill discriminates against transgender girls, LGBTQ advocates say
KUTV 
02/03/2021

Banjo debacle begets new efforts to bolster Utahns’ personal privacy
Deseret News 
02/03/2021

Protesting outside an official’s home targeted by Utah lawmaker
Deseret News
02/02/2021

Utah Bill Looks to Tighten Grip on Facial Recognition Use
GOVTECH
02/02/2021

Case of slain Utah athlete Lauren McCluskey prompts new revenge porn bill
Deseret News 
02/01/2021

2 police reform bills advance to House vote, 1 fails
KUTV 
02/01/2021

January 2021

Utah lawmaker takes aim at rioters with bill critics say goes too far
KUTV 
01/28/2021

Lawmaker wants women to prove they watched video of developing fetus before abortion
Deseret News
01/27/2021

Utah bill called solid 'first step' toward facial recognition policy
Statescoop
01/25/2021

Utah Senate panel advances bill to regulate government use of facial recognition technology
Salt Lake Tribune
01/23/2021

Senate committee recommends bill to ‘raise the bar’ on use of gang enhancement penalties
Salt Lake Tribune 
01/21/2021

In first for Utah Utah, a police chief is tapped to lead state office on criminal justice
Deseret News
01/17/2021

After a summer of protests, Utah lawmakers will consider dozens of police reform bills this session
Salt Lake Tribune
01/13/2021

RADIOACTIVE: JANUARY 11, 2021
KRCL 
01/11/2021

Inmate with COVID-19 sues Department of Corrections for shuffling prisoners amid outbreaks
KSL 
01/10/2021

County witnesses predict release of jail standards would harm private sheriff's contractor
Ogden Standard Examiner 
01/08/2021

Trial begins over Davis County's withholding of copyrighted jail standards
Ogden Standard Examiner 
01/06/2021

Potential death sentence:' Utah inmate claims 'gross negligence' over COVID transfers
KUTV
01/05/2021

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Supreme Court Lets Stand Four Appeals Court Decisions Requiring States to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

05 October 2014 Published in Newsroom
We are thrilled with the decision this morning by the United States Supreme Court to deny cert in all seven pending petitions in the marriage cases, including the Utah case Kitchen v. Herbert.

ACLU of Utah and Salt Lake County Settle Lawsuit Regarding Immigration Detention Policies

24 August 2014 Published in Newsroom
Enrique Uroza and Salt Lake County have settled a civil-rights lawsuit against the County and Sheriff Jim Winder. Mr. Uroza alleged that County jail officials had unlawfully detained him to investigate his immigration status in the summer of 2011.

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay, Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Not Be Recognized Pending Appeal

17 July 2014 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah governor in Evans v. Utah.  

Federal Appeals Court Orders Recognition of Valid Marriages of Utah Same-Sex Couples

13 July 2014 Published in Newsroom
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Utah's request to suspend a lower court ruling ordering Utah to recognize the over 1,000 marriages of same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah.

Federal Appeals Court Declares Utah Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

24 June 2014 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit declared that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

Civil Rights Coalition Victorious in Lawsuit against Utah Anti-Immigrant Law

17 June 2014 Published in Newsroom
A federal district court today issued a decision blocking several components of Utah’s HB 497, an Arizona-style anti-immigrant law passed in 2011 that threatened the basic civil rights of all Utahns.

Utah Judge Orders Recognition of Valid Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

18 May 2014 Published in Newsroom
A federal judge ordered the state today to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples legally married in Utah in December 2013 & January 2014.

ACLU of Utah Files Friend of Court Brief in Prosecution Based on Egregious Breach of Medical Privacy

13 April 2014 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah and ACLU filed a legal brief in support of a Utah paramedic whose Fourth Amendment rights were violated when police swept up his confidential prescription records in a dragnet search.

ACLU Sues Utah for Not Recognizing Valid Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

21 January 2014 Published in Newsroom
A lawsuit was filed today in Utah state court on behalf of four same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah after a federal court struck down a state ban.

ACLU of Utah Sends Letter to Attorney General Explaining Why Marriages of Same Sex Couples are Valid and Enforceable

08 January 2014 Published in Newsroom
This morning, the ACLU of Utah sent Attorney General Sean Reyes a letter explaining the reasons that the over 1,000 marriages of same sex couples performed in Utah are valid and enforceable and must be recognized by the state and federal governments.

Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Marriages for Same-Sex Couples in Utah

06 January 2014 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Supreme Court today granted a request from Utah’s attorney general to temporarily put a halt to marriages for same-sex couples.

Federal Court Declares Utah Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Unconstitutional

20 December 2013 Published in Newsroom
A federal court today declared that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The challenge to the law was brought by three Utah couples.

ACLU Scholarship Program Seeks High School Activists, Offers Financial Aid For College in 2014

11 November 2013 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah’s Youth Activist Scholarship Program, now in its seventh year, recognizes Utah high school seniors who are passionate about civil liberties, and have taken a stand to show it. Three winners, selected by a committee of educators and community leaders, are each awarded a $1000 scholarship to be used toward their first year of college. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 13, 2014.

Federal Court Rules UDOT Free Speech Policies Unconstitutional

05 November 2013 Published in Newsroom
The federal district court in Utah struck down as unconstitutional UDOT’s insurance and indemnification requirements for groups and individuals seeking permits to march on state highways.

Brigham City "Free Speech Zone" Ordinance Lawsuit Settled After City Repeals Ordinance

01 November 2013 Published in Newsroom
The Main Street Church of Brigham City has settled its lawsuit challenging Brigham City’s “Free Speech Zone” Ordinance. The suit alleged that the Ordinance violated the Utah and United States Constitutions because it required a permit for almost any conceivable form of public expression and imposed civil and criminal penalties for failing to comply. The ACLU of Utah filed the suit on behalf of Main Street Church after the City relied on the Ordinance to bar the church from passing out pamphlets on certain sidewalks during the Brigham City LDS Temple Open House. After the lawsuit was filed, the City agreed to allow a limited number of Main Street Church representatives to pass out pamphlets on all sidewalks. Brigham City later repealed the Ordinance entirely. That repeal cleared the way for the out-of-court settlement the parties reached.

ACLU of Utah Hails Utah Supreme Court’s Decision Vacating Ogden’s “Gang Injunction”

18 October 2013 Published in Newsroom
In a victory for civil rights, the Utah Supreme Court today vacated the so-called Ogden “Gang Injunction.”  In the case against the injunction, brought by the ACLU of Utah, the Court ruled that Weber County’s tactic of attempting to sue Ogden Trece as an “unincorporated association,” thereby binding hundreds of individuals without having to name any of them, violated Utah’s rules requiring proper service of process.

ACLU Asks Federal Court to Strike Down Utah Marriage Ban

17 October 2013 Published in Newsroom
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah today submitted a “friend of the court” brief in support of in support of Kitchen v. Herbert, a case challenging Utah's a ban on marriage for same-sex couples, Kitchen v. Herbert. The ACLU brief calls for a heightened level of scrutiny to be placed on any law that discriminates against same-sex couples and their families.

U.S. Supreme Court Declares Core Section of the "Defense of Marriage Act" Unconstitutional

26 June 2013 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that section three of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act" is unconstitutional and that the federal government cannot discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples for the purposes of determining federal benefits and protections. Today's ruling is a historic victory for gay and lesbian Americans and a tremendous step forward for the cause of equality. Read more >>

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over Use Of Tear Gas In Utah State Prison's Mental Health Wing

03 June 2013 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a group of prisoners at the Utah State Prison. The case involves an incident in August 2011 in which corrections officers released a tear gas canister in the Olympus wing of the Utah State Prison to subdue a single prisoner. The tear gas entered the air ventilation system and seeped into cells that have no windows or bars, affecting about 150 inmates. The inmates were left to breathe the noxious gas for about 20 minutes, and many feared for their lives. The Olympus wing is the mental health wing of the prison; it also houses prisoners with severe medical conditions.

ACLU Launches Nationwide Investigation into Police Use of Military Technology & Tactics

05 March 2013 Published in Newsroom
Militarization of Local Law Enforcement Erodes Civil Liberties, Encourages Overly Aggressive Policing - The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and 22 other ACLU affiliates across the country are simultaneously filing over 255 public records requests to determine the extent to which local police departments are using federally subsidized military technology and tactics that are traditionally used overseas.

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