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April 2019

At county convention, Lt. Gov. Cox says Utah could lose Republican majority if conservatism isn’t better explained to younger voters
St. George News
(4/27/19) 

Ogden camera network credited for cutting crime by 20%
KSL
(4/26/19) 

Iowa's New Law Criminalizing Undercover Investigations of Farms Faces Legal Challenges
Pacific Standard
(4/23/19) 

Utah Warrant Bill Raises Stakes For Cops' Digital Data Grabs
Law360
(4/23/19) 

Lehi city vs. Lehi moms: A 'muddy area' of the first amendment
Carley Porter Daily Herald
(4/21/19) 

‘Trib Talk’: Planned Parenthood of Utah fights a state abortion ban and a federal gag order
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/18/19) 

Priced Out
City Weekly
(4/17/19) 

Bearing Witness
City Weekly
(4/17/19) 

Analysis: Is abortion a potent political issue in Utah?
Utah Policy
(4/17/19) 

Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without A Warrant, Closes Fourth Amendment Loophole
Forbes
(4/16/19) 

Utah’s first-of-its kind data privacy law
KCPW
(4/11/19) 

Rod Arquette Show Daily Rundown - Thursday, April 11, 2019
KNRS
(4/11/19) 

A Utah police department is thinking about getting rid of its body cameras. Residents — including the families of people shot by officers — are rallying against the idea.
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/10/19) 

Tribune Editorial: Chalk drawings are not ‘criminal mischief
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/8/19) 

Criminal mischief? Lehi police crack down on chalk art protest by children, moms concerned over gravel mine
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/4/19) 

LDS Church reverses policy regarding children of LGBT parents, designation of LGBT marriage as apostasy
Ogden Standard Examiner
(4/4/19) 

Crime is down in and around The Gateway mall in Salt Lake City — and officials are celebrating
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/2/19)

Salt Lake mall's owners report 'dramatic' crime drop, urge Utahns to come back
Deseret News
(4/2/19)

Recent ruling could impact way state polices Rio Grande
ABC4
(4/2/19)

March 2019

Society and the State: Life, Liberty, and Your Pursuit of Happiness
Society and the State
(3/30/19) 

Utah DACA recipient speaks out about obstacles to dream job
KUTV
(3/30/19) 

Guest opinion: Utah makes a surprising leader for electronic privacy
Deseret News
(3/29/19) 

Utah faces an expensive legal battle over abortion ban, again
KUTV
(3/28/19) 

ABORTIONS PAST 18 WEEKS ARE NOW BANNED IN UTAH
World Religion News
(3/28/19) 

Two DREAMers Petition Utah Supreme Court To Practice Law
KUER
(3/27/19) 

Should undocumented immigrants be allowed to practice law in Utah? The ACLU and others say yes
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/27/19) 

The Good Samaritan Foundation: Help for Refugees in Utah
The Borgen Project
(3/27/19) 

Police officers in Salt Lake City schools will be trained to arrest students less often
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/26/19) 

Salt Lake schools, city sign contract clarifying roles of school resource officers on campuses
Deseret News
(3/26/19) 

Opponents moving forward with efforts to block 18-week abortion ban
ABC4
(3/26/19) 

Herbert Vetoes Special Election Bill, Signs 18-Week Abortion Ban, Tobacco Age Bump, Plus 100 More
KUER
(3/26/19) 

Utah bans abortions after 18 weeks, teeing up legal showdown
Associated Press
(3/26/19) 

Governor signs 18-week abortion bill into law; opponents vow lawsuit
KUTV
(3/25/19) 

Utah’s governor signs bill banning abortions after 18 weeks
FOX13
(3/25/19) 

Settlement talks under way in lawsuit over abuse of inmates at Daggett Co. Jail
FOX13
(3/25/19) 

Herbert weighs signing strict abortion ban, says ACLU lawsuit not a factor
Associated Press
(3/15/19) 

This Is the End, My Friend
City Weekly
(3/15/19) 

Abortion Restrictions, Stronger Beer and Smoking Bills Pass
US News
(3/15/19) 

Want to Know How Your Local Jail Operates? Sorry, That May Be a Trade Secret.
Mother Jones
(3/19) 

Utah legislators back a plan to drop jail sentences for some crimes by one day to help immigrants avoid deportation
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/13/19) 

Utah lawmakers tee up a court fight with passage of an 18-week abortion ban
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/13/19)

'It will cost the state millions': Lawsuit awaits Utah Legislature's 18-week abortion ban
KUTV
(3/13/19)

Bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks passes Utah Legislature
FOX13
(3/13/19)

Bill banning abortions after 18 weeks passing Utah Legislature
Deseret News
(3/13/19)

Arkansas, Utah lawmakers pass 18-week abortion bans
Associated Press
(3/13/19)

Utah legislature passes bill banning abortion after 18 weeks
ABC4
(3/13/19)

States Weigh Bans on Shackling Jailed Moms During Childbirth
US News
(3/13/19)

Electronic privacy bill clears crucial vote in the Senate
ABC4
(3/12/19)

ACLU of Utah talks top legislative priorities
ABC4
(3/10/19)

Legal Panelists Focus on Free Speech Rights at Bennion Service House Dialogue
Daily Chronicle
(3/7/19)

Scott D. Pierce: FOX 13 is No. 1. So is KUTV. It all depends on what you’re counting.
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/6/19)

Concerned about deaths, Utah Legislature ties jail funding to counties' disclosure of their policies
Ogden Standard Examiner
(3/2/19)

Tougher penalties for drug dealing near shelters clears Utah House, but with concerns
Deseret News
(3/2/19)

February 2019 

Utah House Passes Bill to Hinder Federal Surveillance, Warrantless Access to Cloud Data
The Libertarian Republic
(2/28/19)

Utah House passes bill banning abortion after 18 weeks
FOX13
(2/26/19)

Bill to prevent abortions after fetal Down syndrome diagnosis headed to the Utah Senate
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/22/19)

SB103: Utah hate crimes bill passes committee unanimously
BYU Daily Universe
(2/21/19)

House Judiciary Committee Moves 18-Week Abortion Ban Ahead
KUER
(2/20/19)

Bill banning abortion in Utah after 18 weeks advances in the legislature
FOX13
(2/20/19)

Utah House committee OKs bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks
Deseret News
(2/20/19)

Abortion bill advances at State Capitol
ABC4
(2/20/19)

Utah Senate passes bill tightening state rules governing property seizures by police
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/19/19)

Utah hate-crimes law to get hearing after years of gridlock
Cache Valley Daily
(2/19/19)

Republican Utah lawmakers abandon dueling bills on changing the gender on a person’s government documents
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/14/19)

Citizen Revolt: Feb. 14
City Weekly
(2/13/19)

Lawmaker who wants to ban change of gender on birth certificate amends his bill to allow change on driver license
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/13/19)

Proposal to ban warrantless digital searches wins committee approval
Deseret News
(2/12/19)

Gehrke: All of us may end up paying for San Juan County’s litigious streak
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/11/19)

Utah police feel 'slapped down' as civil asset forfeiture bill advances
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/7/19)

Bill intended to clarify what Utah health educators can teach about contraception stalls in committee
Deseret News
(2/7/19)

Sponsor of bill on Down syndrome abortion ban says this year’s version sidesteps constitutional issues
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/6/19)

Rollin Cook, Lamont’s choice for prison chief, faces confirmation hearing Thursday
Hartford Courant
(2/6/19)

Tech set to get a boost in '19 legislative session but USTAR could go down in flames
Deseret News
(2/3/19)

Two young adults infiltrated an immigration detention center in Florida. This Sundance film shows what they found
Deseret News
(2/3/19)

Overhaul of Utah's public defender system ‘a huge benefit’ for Juab County
Deseret News
(2/2/19)

Utah Legislature seeks input on whether to promote digital and data privacy
KSL
(2/1/19)

January 2019

A Utah lawmaker is pushing a digital privacy bill that would bar warrantless searches of data uploaded to apps or cloud platforms
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/31/18)

Utah lawmaker driving licenses from wallets to cellphones
Deseret News
(1/31/18)

Utah Lawmakers Target Trans People With Birth Certificate Bill
Out
(1/29/18)

Utah lawmaker wants to erase transgender identities from birth certificate records
Think Progress
(1/28/18)

Is gender fact or choice? Controversial bill would prohibit gender changes on Utah birth certificates
St. George News
(1/25/18)

Gehrke: That birth certificate bill? It’s a punitive swipe at Utah’s transgender community and it must be rejected.
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/24/18)

‘A person’s sex is no more subject to change than a person’s age’: Utah lawmaker defends bill to block changes to birth certificates
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/23/18)

Radioactive: January 16, 2019
KRCL
(1/16/18)

Federal judge rules ACLU lawsuit over Daggett County Jail prisoner abuse can continue against state defendant
Southern Utah Independent
(1/15/18)

Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit over abuse of inmates at Daggett County Jail
FOX13
(1/11/18)

Mandatory death sentence for cop killers? Officials say no
ABC4
(1/9/18)

Police show evidence of progress in Rio Grande, but criticism persists
KUTV
(1/7/18)

"Operation Rio Grande" arrests announced: ACLU looks behind numbers for the real story
ABC4
(1/7/18)

Utah’s state constitution bans slavery — mostly. And Rep. Sandra Hollins says mostly isn’t good enough.
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/6/18)

Incoming San Juan County commissioner’s Utah residency questioned again in lawsuit filed by unsuccessful Republican opponent
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/4/18)

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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.

ACLU of Utah 2013 Youth Activist Scholarship Recipients Announced

21 February 2013 Published in Newsroom
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah has selected three high school seniors in Utah to receive the organization’s 2013 Youth Activist Scholarship. The recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship, in recognition of their commitment to civil liberties through activism. The winners will be honored at the ACLU of Utah’s 2013 Bill of Rights Celebration on May 17, 2013.

Civil Rights Coalition in Court Friday to Challenge Utah’s Anti-Immigrant Law Press Conference To Take Place After Hearing

12 February 2013 Published in Newsroom
Download a PDF of this advisory >> Attorneys from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Utah will ask a federal judge on Friday to continue to block the state’s anti-immigrant law.

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

10 February 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.

After Returning Book to Shelves, Utah School District Agrees Not to Remove Library Books Containing LGBT Content

14 January 2013 Published in Newsroom
In the wake of its decision to return “In Our Mother’s’ House,” a book about a family with same-sex parents to the shelves of elementary schools, Davis School District in Utah has agreed to never again remove the book based solely on its content. The agreement settles a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah on behalf of a mother with children in the district that had remained pending after the book’s return.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Unlawful Sweep at Utah School Targeting Students of Color

12 December 2012 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:December 13, 2012 Police Detained and Interrogated Students Based on Their Race And Ethnicity The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit against school and police officials over a “gang sweep” in which students of color were detained, interrogated and falsely accused of participating in gang activity. The complaint stems from a December 2010 incident during which between 14 and 40 West High School students of color were detained, interrogated, searched and forced to be photographed holding signs identifying them as gang members.  Their personal information was entered into a “gang database,” making them subject to additional police scrutiny even though they did not commit a crime. All of the detained students were of Latino, African-American or Pacific Island descent, even though they make up only half of the student body. “Schools should be a place where everyone can learn and grow, not a location where students of color are targeted and harassed,” said Courtney Bowie, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Racial Justice Program, which filed the complaint along with the ACLU of Utah. “Instead of policing our classrooms and criminalizing students of color, school and government officials must focus on educating our youth, and do…

ACLU of Utah Settles Claim Of Man Stopped And Cited For "Flipping The Bird" At Orem Police Officer

14 November 2012 Published in Newsroom
ACLU of Utah Settles Claim Of Man Stopped And Cited For "Flipping The Bird" At Orem Police Officer - The ACLU of Utah has successfully settled a freedom of expression case in Orem City. On June 25, 2010, Seth Dame "flipped the bird" at an Orem City police officer who was driving by. The officer then stopped the car Seth was riding in and questioned Seth and the others in his car for about 20 minutes. The officer then issued a disorderly conduct citation against Seth for "flipping the bird" at him. Orem City later declined to prosecute the citation. After hearing from Seth, the ACLU of Utah contacted Orem City to inform them that the officer had violated Seth's rights under the First and Fourth Amendments. The ACLU of Utah also conducted an investigation into the Orem Police Department's practices in issuing disorderly conduct citations.

ACLU of Utah Files Complaint Challenging Brigham City's Unconstitutional "Free Speech Zone" Ordinance

09 November 2012 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE -- Today, the ACLU of Utah filed a complaint on behalf of the Main Street Church of Brigham City challenging Brigham City’s “Free Speech Zone” Ordinance. The suit alleges that on its face, the ordinance violates the Utah and United States Constitutions because it requires a permit for almost any conceivable form of public expression and imposes civil and criminal penalties for failing to comply. This ordinance could subject many unsuspecting people in Brigham City to liability for engaging in activities protected by the First Amendment.

Brigham City Suspends Enforcement of Free Speech Ordinance: Free Speech For All Returns to Brigham City

08 November 2012 Published in Newsroom
Posted 9/14/12 - As of yesterday evening, representatives of the Main Street Church have been peacefully handing out their literature on the public sidewalks surrounding the LDS Temple. The Main Street Church agreed to limit the number of its representatives to four on each side of the street. This agreement does not suspend the lawsuit filed against Brigham City. Main Street Church and the ACLU of Utah have not conceded that any past enforcement of the ordinance was constitutional. They also continue to contend that the ordinance is unconstitutional on its face and that it should be completely struck down by the court.            

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