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Prior Years [ 2017] 


June 2018

Film Series justly ends its season with ‘RBG’
Park Record
(6/8/18)

Utah Jails Can’t Hide Records In The ‘Cloud,’ Lawsuit Claims
KUER (audio)
(6/8/18)

‘Trib Talk’: Can atheist bakers refuse to serve Mormons?
Salt Lake Tribune (audio) (transcript)
(6/7/18)

KPCW's Local News Hour: Marina Lowe discusses Ruth Bader Ginsburg
KPCW (audio)
(6/6/18)

Wasatch County GOP DA Primary Debate
BYU-11 (video)
(6/5/18)

Comunidad de Utah marcha en favor preservar familias unidas
Univision (video)
(6/1/18)

Supporters of immigrant children separated from parents at the border rally for change
FOX13 (video)
(5/31/18)

Protesters rally in Salt Lake against US immigration policy
KSL (video)
(6/1/18)

 

May 2018

Third former Daggett County jail inmate files lawsuit over abuse, torture
KUTV (video)
(5/31/18)

Groups sue to make jail standards public
Deseret News
(5/31/18)

ACLU, Disability Law Center File Suit Over Secretive Davis County Jail Standards
KUER
(5/31/18)

ACLU of Utah, Disability Law Center file suit over Davis County Jail standards
Ogden Standard Examiner
(5/31/18)

ACLU of Utah and Disability Law Center file lawsuit to make jail standards public
SU Independent
(5/31/18)

Third former Daggett County jail inmate files lawsuit over abuse, torture
Salt Lake Tribune
(5/31/18)

Utah’s Cold Case Coalition wants you to share your DNA with cops to help solve murders
Salt Lake Tribune
(5/31/18)

ABU Education Fund announces 2018 primary debates
UtahPolicy.com
(5/23/18)

Líderes locales reaccionan ante polémicas declaraciones
Univision (video)
(5/23/18)

State inmates with Tasers. Sleeping guards. Report outlines dysfunction at the Daggett County jail before it lost its inmates over concerns of torture and misconduct
Salt Lake Tribune
(5/23/18)

Unblocked: Trump Twitter Ruling Could Trickle Down
KUER
(5/23/18)

Tribune Editorial: Utah can’t escape responsibility for inmates it has farmed out to county jails
Salt Lake Tribune
(5/20/18)

Former Inmates File Lawsuit Over Abuse in Utah Jail
AP
(5/17/18)

Former Daggett County jail inmates tortured by police say they hope their lawsuit will bring change to how prisoners are treated
Salt Lake Tribune
(5/16/18)

ACLU of Utah files lawsuit over abuse of inmates at Daggett County Jail
FOX13
(5/16/18)

Former inmates sue Daggett County over jail abuse
Deseret News
(5/16/18)

ACLU of Utah celebrates 60 years
ABC4: Inside Utah Politics (video)
(5/13/18)

Op-ed: County attorneys are powerful people — choose wisely this election year
Deseret News
(5/06/18)

RadioActive: 60 Years of the ACLU
KRCL
(5/03/18)

April 2018

ACLU wants records on how Trump's first travel ban was carried out at Salt Lake airport
Deseret News
(4/26/18)

Utah election reform law aims to remove barriers to voting, boost turnout
Deseret News
(4/21/18)

Utah Corrections director Rollin Cook stepping down to spend more time with family, take advantage of professional opportunities
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/18/18)

Outgoing Utah Corrections Boss Wants Prison To Make People Better Than They Arrived
KUER
(4/18/18)

Utah Corrections Director Rollin Cook stepping down
Deseret News
(4/18/18)

7 Utah jail deaths in 2017, down more than two-thirds from the year before
Ogden Standard Examiner
(4/15/18)

Tribune Editorial: Closed records threaten inmates’ lives
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/24/18)

Talking Martin Luther King Jr. 50 Years After His Assassination
Utah Public Radio (audio)
(4/04/18)

‘We are having to fire up on all cylinders’ to challenge the Trump administration, national ACLU executive director tells Utah supporters
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/04/18)

ACLU hopes to educate Utah voters about the powerful role of a prosecutor ahead of the 2018 election
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/04/18)

U.S. ICE agents' courthouse arrest of Weber Co. immigrant irks judge, lawyer
Ogden Standard Examiner
(4/02/18)

 

March 2018

ACLU director Anthony Romero’s Park City visit will explore ‘Civil rights in an Uncivil Time’
Park Record
(3/31/18)

Utah students expecting thousands to turn out for march to end gun violence Saturday
FOX13
(3/24/18)

Federal judge tosses lawsuit over your right to a lawyer
FOX13
(3/24/18)

After jail death controversies, Utah sheriffs post standards online
Ogden Standard Examiner
(3/15/18)

After jail death controversies, Utah sheriffs post standards online
Ogden Standard Examiner
(3/15/18)

Utah Students Demand Change as Part of National Walkouts
Associated Press
(3/14/18)

Dozens of school walkouts are planned Wednesday in Utah to mark the Florida shooting. Here’s what you should know about participating
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/13/18)

ACLU guides Utah students ahead of gun control protest (Video: 5pm) (Video: 6pm)
KUTV
(3/12/18)

Committee likely to prevent Senate hearing on bill barring Down syndrome abortions, sponsor says
Deseret News
(3/7/18)

This Is What Immigration Enforcement Looks Like Under President Trump
ACLU National "Speak Freely" Blog
(3/6/18)

Can Utah Make Justice Reform Work?
U.S. News & World Report
(3/5/18)

Letter to the Editor on Ramirez v. Reddish lawsuit
Deseret News
(3/4/18)

Here’s what you need to know about Utah’s proposed Down syndrome abortion ban
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/4/18)

Students’ Rights: Speech, Walkouts, and Other Protests
KCPW
(3/4/18)

ACLU sues over “swat-style” ICE raid on Utah family (audio)
Public News Service
(3/2/18)

Bill increasing Utah police access to drug database advances after heated debate
Deseret News
(3/2/18)

Heber family files lawsuit against federal agents for home raid
BYU Daily Universe
(3/2/18)

Familia hispana demanda a ICE alegando un allanamiento ilegal en el que les dijeron que veían “demasiado Univision”
Univision Nacional
(3/1/18)

Two men convicted under Ogden’s old gang injunction settle lawsuit with city
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/1/18)

Utah House OKs teaching refusal skills in sex ed curriculum
Deseret News
(3/1/18)

“No hicimos nada y nos trataron como criminals”: migrante en Utah
El Universal
(3/1/18)

 

February 2018

Bill that would halt abortions based on Down syndrome one step closer to passing
St. George News
(2/28/18)

Attorneys: Ogden has resolved suit over defunct gang rules
Deseret News
(2/28/18)

ACLU announces settlement with Ogden City regarding gang injunction lawsuit
Ogden Standard-Examiner
(2/28/18)

Familia hispana de Utah demanda a agentes de ICE por arrestos injustificados
Mundo Hipánico
(2/28/18)

ACLU, Ogden settle lawsuit over gang injunctions
FOX13
(2/28/18) 

University of Utah won't keep applicants out if they are disciplined for marching against school shootings
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/28/18)

San Juan County settles Vote By Mail lawsuit
San Juan County Register
(2/27/18)

Biskupski taps attorney for justice court judgeship
Deseret News
(2/23/18)

Will Utah abolish the death penalty? (audio)
KCPW
(2/22/18)

Navajos Settle Voting Rights Lawsuit (audio)18-02-23-KCPW-Marina-DP.pdf
FronterasDesk KJZZ
(2/22/18) 

Utah Senate panel gives OK to inmate addiction study bill
Deseret News
(2/22/18)

Navajos Settle Utah Voting Rights Case Over Mail-In Ballots
AP
(2/22/18)

Restoring Trust in Political Conversations
Utah Bee
(2/21/18)

Utah inmate's death highlighted in 'debtors' prison' report
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/21/18) 

Navajos make deal with San Juan County to end voting-rights lawsuit
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/21/18)

Lawsuit over vote-by-mail in San Juan Co. is settled
FOX13
(2/21/18)

Senate panel backs reports on law enforcement actions regarding students
Deseret News
(2/21/18)

Utah County Attorney speaks against proposed prosecutorial review board
Provo Daily Herald
(2/21/18)

More Utah minorities were sentenced to prison in 2017 than ever before, data show
AP
(2/20/18)

Influential Weber State black activist recalls 40 years of changes in Utah
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/16/18)

Utah minority offenders now even more likely to get prison sentences
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/15/18)

Study: Utah could save money with death penalty ban; bill could make it happen
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/15/18)

Utah Lawmakers Once Again Consider Ending Death Penalty
AP
(2/14/18)

Will Utah County create a board to review complaints of prosecutor misconduct? Commissioners slated to vote next week
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/13/18)

Lawmakers will consider - again - whether to abolish the death penalty in Utah
The Salt Lake Tribune
(2/13/18)

Should Utah Constitution include protection against electronic data searches?
Deseret News
(2/13/18)

Utah lawmakers kill bill which would punish people who don't call 911
KUTV
(2/12/18)

Bill would ban policing quotas in Utah
Deseret News
(2/8/2018)

'It's really in your face': Some Utah lawmakers uncomfortable with bill making it clear that women can legally breast-feed in public
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/8/2018)

Two bills to significantly affect voting in Utah
Deseret News
(2/8/2018)

Proposal for process to legally change gender raises questions in Utah Senate hearing
Deseret News
(2/5/2018)

Controversial bill to ban Down syndrome abortions easily passes Utah House
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/5/2018)

Southern Utah legislator still has concerns about bill that would stop abortions based on Down syndrome
St. George News
(2/2/2018)

Big changes coming to sex education curriculum in Utah
KUTV
(2/2/2018)

   

January 2018

U. nurse Alex Wubbels testifies for bill requiring police to get warrant for blood draw
Deseret News
(1/31/18)

The ACLU is not done fighting for transparency in county jails
KUER
(1/31/2018)

Gehrke: Utah lawmakers should listen to the pros and stop considering themselves 'constitutional scholars'
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/29/2018)

The ACLU of Utah's top legislative priorities
Inside Utah Politics (ABC4)
(1/28/2018)

House panel OKs bill to make political emails on government accounts public records
Deseret News
(1/27/2018)

2018 Legislative Session: Week 1
City Weekly
(1/26/2018)

Utah House passes bill requiring police to get warrant before blood draw
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/25/2018)

If we pass this bill, we are buying ourselves a lawsuit’: A proposed abortion bill might be unconstitutional, but that’s not stopping Utah lawmakers
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/25/2018)

Lawmakers From Both Sides Of The Aisle Unveil Bills To Help Working Women, Families 
KUER
(1/25/2018)

Utah bill would make abortions related to Down syndrome diagnosis illegal 
BYU Daily Universe
(1/25/2018)

Lawmakers unveil slate of bills aimed to aid women, the poor 
AP
(1/25/2018)

Bill would prohibit abortion when motivation for it is Down syndrome
Deseret News
(1/22/2018)

ACLU's Marina Lowe on KRCL's RadioActive Show
KRCL (audio)
(1/22/2018)  

Utah cops would have to answer more questions before getting a no-knock warrant, under new proposal
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/14/2018)

‘Can you help me get out of here?’ — Utah sued over ‘inadequate’ system of care for developmentally disabled adults
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/13/2018)

After 2 days in a Utah jail for drug possession, she fell out of her bunk, ruptured her spleen and died. Now her family is suing
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/5/2018)

Mom files lawsuit over daughter's death in Davis County Jail
Deseret News
(1/4/2018)

For Native Americans, a ‘Historic Moment’ on the Path to Power at the Ballot Box
New York Times
(1/4/2018) 


 

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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.            

ACLU Scholarship Offers Financial Aid For College To Utah Youth Activists

09 October 2012 Published in Newsroom
ACLU Scholarship Offers Financial Aid For College To Utah Youth Activists   For Immediate Release October 9, 2012 SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – The ACLU of Utah’s Youth Activist Scholarship Program, now in its sixth 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. Past scholarship recipients have come from many parts of Utah including Logan, Ogden, Provo, St. George, Orem, Moab, and Salt Lake City. They have positively impacted their communities by advocating for: racial justice; immigrants' rights; equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students; increased reproductive health education; women's rights; and free speech and expression. “Every year we look forward to reviewing the scholarship applications from graduating senior high school students,” says Anna Brower, Development Director at the ACLU of Utah. “It is an inspiring experience to learn more about the outstanding Utah high school youth who advocate for civil liberties in their schools and communities.” The winners of the 2011-2012 ACLU of Utah Youth Activist Scholarship…

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