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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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The Constitutional Law Section of the Utah State Bar and the ACLU of Utah Present a CLE by Jameel Jaffer Titled: “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance: From the 1976 Church Committee to the 2007 Protect America Act”

31 August 2007 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2007  SALT LAKE CITY--This breakfast CLE will be held on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. Section business, including elections for board officers, will be conducted after the CLE. Cost is $15 or $10 for section members. Please RSVP to Beth Johnson at (801) 257-1991 by September 21. Jameel Jaffer is a litigator for the American Civil Liberties Union and director of the ACLU’s National Security Program. Currently, his docket includes Doe v. Gonzales, a challenge to the FBI’s “national security letter” power; ACLU v. National Security Agency, a challenge to the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance conducted by the NSA; American Academy of Religion v. Chertoff, a challenge to the government’s refusal to grant a visa to Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan; and ACLU v. Department of Defense, litigation under the Freedom of Information Act for records concerning the treatment and detention of prisoners held by the U.S. in Afghanistan, Iraq, and at Guantanamo Bay. Jaffer has argued national security cases in the district and appellate courts and has testified before Congress about government surveillance. His book about ACLU v. Department of Defense, titled “Administration of Torture” and co-written with ACLU…

ACLU of Utah Welcomes Staff Attorney Marina Baginsky Lowe

30 May 2007 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2007 SALT LAKE CITY -- The ACLU of Utah is pleased to announce that it has selected Marina Baginsky Lowe as its new staff attorney. Lowe is a 2004 graduate of Hastings College of Law where she excelled in international moot court competitions and served as a teacher’s assistant. She has continued her interest in moot court by coaching law students in Jessup International Law moot court competitions for a number of years.  Before moving to Salt Lake City in 2006, Lowe was an associate with Morgan Lewis & Bockius in San Francisco for several years. Most recently, she worked for the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association in its criminal appellant division. Prior to law school, Lowe spent two years working in France with Hewlett-Packard Corporation as a marketing project manager. ACLU of Utah Executive Director Karen McCreary cited Lowe’s passion for civil liberties as one of the main reasons for her selection. “The search committee was extremely impressed by Marina’s skills, engaging personality, and strong commitment to civil liberties and the ACLU,” said McCreary. “We are very excited to have her join us.”  ###

Christopher M. Finan, President of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, to Speak at ACLU of Utah Bill of Rights Celebration

15 April 2007 Published in Newsroom
 Editorial Cartoonist Pat Bagley Will Also Be Honored at the Dinner FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2007  SALT LAKE CITY -- On Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 6:00 p.m., the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah will host its annual Bill of Rights Celebration at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City. The benefit dinner offers Utahns a chance to support the work of the ACLU of Utah Foundation and to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of civil liberties. This year’s Bill of Rights Celebration will feature special guest and speaker Christopher M. Finan. Finan is the president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), an organization established by the American Booksellers Association in 1990 to defend the First Amendment rights of booksellers and their customers. Finan has been involved in the fight against censorship for over twenty-five years. In addition to his work with ABFFE, he is chairman of the board of directors of the National Coalition Against Censorship and is a trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation. His new book, From the Palmer Raids to the PATRIOT Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America, will be…

Planned Parenthood & ACLU Rally for Choice Utahns Need Birth Control Not Bans

11 February 2007 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2007  SALT LAKE CITY -- On Thursday, February 15 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. a rally will be held at the Utah State Capitol Plaza to oppose House Bill 235, a bill that would criminalize abortion in Utah. Today the House substituted a so-called “trigger” bill. Either way one bill would directly challenge Roe v. Wade if it is signed into law and the other would impose an abortion ban at some uncertain time in the future. Both versions violate a woman’s constitutional right to decide whether or not to have a child, which is among the most fundamental and private decisions a person can make. Instead of preventing abortion by providing access to family planning and comprehensive sex education, this legislature wants to take away a woman’s choice, a private personal and medical decision that is made by roughly 3,000 women in Utah a year. 66% of women who have abortions in Utah are mothers, mothers who have to make gut wrenching decisions for the welfare of their families. Even in a recent Dan Jones & Associates poll conducted for the Deseret Morning News and KSL-TV, 52% of Utahns oppose adopting a law that would outlaw…

ACLU of Utah Announces New Executive Director

12 November 2006 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2006 SALT LAKE CITY -- The board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is pleased to announce that it has selected Karen McCreary, an attorney and dedicated community volunteer, to be the new executive director of the organization.  ACLU of Utah President Sue Marquardt, who served as chair of the search committee, noted that McCreary’s extensive legal and community service experience make her an ideal fit for the ACLU of Utah. “Karen’s intellect, accomplishments, enthusiasm, wide range of experience, and sense of humor are just several of the reasons for the board’s unanimous decision to choose her to direct the Utah ACLU affiliate,” said Marquardt.  McCreary’s professional legal experience includes over a dozen years as associate and senior associate general counsel for the University of Utah. She has also worked as general counsel for the Western Governors University, has been an associate attorney at a private law firm, and a judicial law clerk for Federal Court Judge David Winder.  In addition to her legal career, McCreary has been involved in a variety of service activities, including international relief work in Africa and India, migrant worker education and advocacy in Alabama, and…

Utah Court Rules Anti-Gay Amendment Doesn’t Bar Salt Lake City from Offering Domestic Partner Benefits

15 May 2006 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2006  SALT LAKE CITY –  A Utah court has ruled that its anti-gay relationship amendment, one of the most sweeping of its kind to pass in the 2004 elections, does not bar Salt Lake City from offering health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of a lesbian employee of the Salt Lake City Police Department and the local branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), cheered the decision as an important victory for lesbian and gay couples in states with similar anti-gay relationship amendments. “The court understood correctly that laws banning gay people from marriage do not in any way bar employers from choosing to provide domestic partner benefits,” said Margaret Plane of the ACLU of Utah. “The court recognized that employers have important reasons for wanting to provide health insurance for the families of all their employees, and it’s within their rights to do so.” On September 21, 2005, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson signed an executive order extending health and other employment benefits to city employees’ same-sex and heterosexual domestic partners. The…

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

12 April 2006 Published in Newsroom
Download a PDF of this release >>Download the complete complaint (PDF) >> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2013 SALT LAKE CITY—Late yesterday, 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. The prisoners allege that corrections officers failed to answer emergency call buttons during the incident. They further allege that some officers made light of their situation during and after the incident, with some laughing about it and others discouraging complaints. The prisoners also contend that officials failed to provide them adequate physical and mental health attention after the incident. Prison officials have acknowledged that the incident…

ACLU of Utah files friend-of-the-court brief in support of domestic partner benefits for Salt Lake City employees

14 November 2005 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2005 PDF version >>   Dianna Goodliffe (right) with her partner Lisa and their daughter SALT LAKE CITY -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah filed a friend-of-the-court brief today in support of a Salt Lake City executive order that extends health and other employment benefits to city employees’ same-sex and unmarried heterosexual domestic partners. For Salt Lake City Police Department employee Dianna Goodliffe, the city’s executive order is welcome news. For almost six years, she has been in a committed and loving relationship with her partner Lisa, with whom she has a four-year-old daughter. “I’m so pleased that Salt Lake City recognizes that there’s really no difference between my family and the families of my married coworkers,” said Goodliffe. “Right now, my partner has benefits through her employer, but we all know how quickly that can change. Now we have the same options and opportunities as others.” One year ago, Goodliffe and her partner’s daughter was diagnosed with diabetes, making health insurance a particularly important consideration. Like all parents, Goodliffe and her partner want to do what’s best for their family, which, in the future, may include Lisa working part-time or staying at…

ACLU Delivers Patriot Act Reform Petition to Congressman Bishop

05 October 2005 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2005  PDF version >>  SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Congressman Robert Bishop received a petition from constituents today urging him to protect the modest reforms in the Senate version of Patriot Act reauthorization legislation. The petition, gathered in a joint effort between the ACLU and Working Asset's Act for Change program, is seeking his support to change some of the most controversial and secretive powers expanded by the Patriot Act, which may be voted on as early as next week. "By signing this petition, Utah residents are standing up for their civil liberties, while urging Congressman Bishop to do the same," said Dani Eyer, Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah. "The Senate version is a step in the right direction, helping to bring some parts of the Patriot Act in line with the Constitution by restoring checks and balances on government power." The Senate version revises several of the Patriot Act’s most controversial provisions. For example, the Senate bill puts a four-year sunset on the government’s ability to secretly demand library, medical, financial, or gun ownership records. The Senate bill also ensures that the government must demonstrate, to a judge, some facts warranting the…

ACLU of Utah files amicus brief on behalf of transgender employee

04 October 2005 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2005 PDF version >> SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH--The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah announced today that it has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in an important case regarding the rights of transgender employees.  The brief is on behalf of Krystal Etsitty, a former Utah Transit Authority employee, who was fired shortly after she revealed to her employers that she is a transsexual. Although UTA had received no complaints about Etsitty, her employers informed her that she was being terminated because they could not determine which restroom she should use.  Etsitty, represented by the law firm of Strindberg Scholnick & Chamness, argued in federal court that she was protected by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, including nonconformity to sex stereotypes. In June 2005, the district court granted summary judgment to UTA, holding that transsexuals are not protected by Title VII, and that even if Title VII did apply, UTA’s decision was not based on Etsitty’s lack of conformity to sex stereotypes. Etsitty has now asked the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the district court’s decision. Etsitty, who identifies and lives as a woman, has…

Utah State Tax Commission Approves Personalized License Plates with Gay-Positive Messages

26 May 2005 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 27, 2005 PDF version >> SALT LAKE CITY--In a win for free speech, the Utah State Tax Commission has ruled that it will approve three personalized license plates with gay-positive messages. The ruling is a first for the commission, which, until this decision, had never approved a personalized plate containing the word “gay.”  In December, Elizabeth Solomon applied for three personalized license plates: “GAY WE GO,” “GAYS R OK,” and “GAY RYTS.” After the Tax Commission approved the “GAY WE GO” plate but denied the application of the latter two plates, the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah represented Solomon in appealing the decision. “I have kids who are gay and I wanted these plates so that I could publicly express support for my children,” said Solomon, explaining why she applied for the personalized plates. “I’m delighted that I will now be able to do so.” Margaret Plane, ACLU of Utah staff attorney, was also pleased by the Tax Commission’s decision. “Too often, public officials are scared by the word ‘gay’ and they refuse to recognize that gays and lesbians are an increasingly public and positive part of our communities,” said Plane. “The commission rightly recognized…

ACLU of Utah Asks the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to Review the Constitutionality of the Main Street Plaza Restrictions

04 June 2001 Published in Newsroom
SALT LAKE CITY--In a case raising important questions about the future of free speech in public places, the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah today asked the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the constitutionality of the restrictions Salt Lake City agreed to when it sold a central downtown block of Main Street to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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