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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 of Utah Response to Recent Dismissal of Remick v. Utah Lawsuit Against the State’s Indigent Defense System

27 March 2018 Published in Newsroom
ACLU of Utah Response to Recent Dismissal of Remick v. Utah Lawsuit Against the State’s Indigent Defense System FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2018 On Friday March 23, 2018 the federal district court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Utah and the law firm of Holland & Hart in June 2016. This class action lawsuit alleges that the state fails to provide adequate legal defense for indigent clients as required by the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU of Utah is disappointed by the court’s decision, given that the same systemic problems in indigent defense described in the lawsuit continue to play themselves out every day for low-income people charged with crimes in Utah.  The court’s decision focused on whether the allegations of the complaint met federal pleading standards. The ruling, however, was by no means a vindication of Utah’s indigent defense system and described Utah's indigent defense system as a "cause for concern." The ACLU of Utah, together with co-counsel Holland & Hart, will continue efforts to ensure that everyone in Utah—no matter their income level—has access to effective legal counsel. The lawsuit was filed in 2016, coinciding with the ACLU of Utah’s “Yes on…

ACLU of Utah Organizes Online Students' Rights Training Workshop on March 12

08 March 2018 Published in Newsroom
March 8, 2017 Ahead of next Wednesday’s planned walk-outs at high schools across Utah and the nation, the ACLU of Utah is organizing a special training workshop for students and their allies on Monday, March 12, at 4pm MT. This will be a Utah-specific discussion of students' rights led by ACLU of Utah staff attorney Leah Farrell, along with more than dozen student leaders from local high schools. The workshop will be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 4pm MT.    "Many students incorrectly assume that they 'shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,'” said Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah. “But the reality is that students have broad latitude to exercise their First Amendment rights in school and in the public square, and our organization is glad to spread knowledge of civil liberties and encourage civic engagement." This will be a Utah-specific discussion of students' rights led by ACLU of Utah staff attorney Leah Farrell, along with more than dozen student leaders from local high schools. "Many students incorrectly assume that they 'shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,'” said Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah. “But the reality is that students have broad latitude to exercise their First…

Settlement with Ogden City over Prior Gang Injunction

28 February 2018 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE: Settlement with Ogden City over Prior Gang Injunction February 28, 2018 Plaintiffs Leland McCubbin and Daniel Lucero, through their attorneys, John Mejia and Leah Farrell of the ACLU of Utah, and Randy Richards of Richards & Brown, and Ogden City, through their attorneys, Heather White and Scott Young of Snow, Christensen & Martineau, announce that Plaintiffs and Ogden City have reached a compromised settlement of claims raised by Plaintiffs against Ogden City in this case.   As part of that settlement, Plaintiffs and Ogden City have agreed to terms that mutually resolve disputes about the application of the prior gang injunction in a manner favorable to both Plaintiffs and Ogden City.  This settlement resolves all issues between Plaintiffs and Ogden City in the matter, including all appeals.  The case remains pending against the Weber County defendants. Media Contacts: Jason StevensonACLU of UtahStrategic Communications This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (cell) 617-290-8188(office) 801-871-0334 Heather S. White Snow, Christensen, & MartineauLawyer(office) 801-322-9125

ACLU of Utah Files Lawsuit Over Illegal Search and Unlawful Detention by Federal Agents

27 February 2018 Published in Newsroom
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018,  the ACLU of Utah Foundation, Inc.  announced a new lawsuit filed against United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S Marshals over two SWAT-style, home raids on a Utah family living in Heber City in April 2017. The ACLU of Utah is being joined in this lawsuit by the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, and Covington & Burling, LLP.

Settlement Announced in Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County

21 February 2018 Published in Newsroom
The parties to the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County have reached a positive settlement agreement regarding plaintiffs’ claims that San Juan County did not provide effective language assistance to Navajo-speaking voters and that Navajo voters had unequal voting opportunities in the County.

ACLU of Utah Statement on New Immigration Detention Facilities

27 October 2017 Published in Newsroom
U.S. Government issues RFI for new immigration detention facilities; advocates respond with information about escalating due process and civil rights violations.

Lack of Transparency Compounds Tragedy of Shooting Death of Patrick Harmon

10 October 2017 Published in Newsroom
“The shooting death of Patrick Harmon is a terrible tragedy, not just for his loved ones but for our entire community, and our elected officials must respond.” 

Voting Rights Lawsuit Over Navajo Voting Rights in San Juan County to Advance to Trial

12 September 2017 Published in Newsroom
View a PDF of this release  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Jill Parrish issued a decision in Navajo Nation Human Rights Council v. San Juan County, et al, allowing the lawsuit to proceed to a trial on the merits of the plaintiffs’ claims that San Juan County is not providing effective language assistance to Navajo-speaking voters and is providing unequal voting opportunities to Navajo voters.  The plaintiffs, the Navajo Nation Human Rights Council and several individual members of the Navajo Nation, are represented by counsel from DLA Piper, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, ACLU of Utah, and the ACLU Voting Rights Project. In the lawsuit, plaintiffs challenged San Juan County’s decision to switch to a mail-only voting system and offer in-person early voting only in the majority white part of the County.  After plaintiffs sued in early 2016, the County announced it would reopen a limited number of polling places for election day voting and in future elections.  Plaintiffs continue to assert that the County is violating the federal Voting Rights Act and the United States Constitution.Judge Parrish also granted the plaintiffs’ motion to dismiss all of the counterclaims brought by the County and Commissioner Rebecca Benally, vindicating the plaintiffs’ assertion that the counterclaims were a distraction and immaterial to the issues at the…

ACLU of Utah Statement on DACA Program Termination

05 September 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Thousands of these youth have used their DACA status to give back to our country in innumerable ways: they are our doctors, soldiers, and students. These are our neighbors, family, and friends.”

ACLU of Utah Statement on Operation Rio Grande

16 August 2017 Published in Newsroom
"In its current phase, Operation Rio Grande appears to rely on simply more of the same ineffective attempts to control the complex social issues of poverty, substance use disorder and mental illness through the same traditional mechanisms of our broken criminal justice system."

As Youth Head Back to School, New Laws for Youth Justice System

16 August 2017 Published in Newsroom
 “We want to be sure that Utah’s youth, and the adults in their lives, are aware that there are new rules about how youth are to be treated when they come into contact with the juvenile justice system.”

Don't Block Constituents on Social Media, ACLU of Utah Warns Federal Delegation

08 August 2017 Published in Newsroom
"Because your social media pages are a public forum, your blocking of these individuals is an unconstitutional restriction on their right to free speech under the First Amendment.”

ACLU of Utah Files Lawsuit Over Legal Representation for People with Disabilities

27 June 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Guardianship, like prison, takes away an individual’s freedoms."

Traveling to Texas May Result in Violations of Constitutional Rights

09 May 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Everyone has constitutional rights in this country. The state of Texas, and every law enforcement officer in that state, must respect those rights."

ACLU of Utah Files Lawsuit Demanding Information About Muslim Ban Implementation

17 April 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Customs & Border Patrol has a long history of ignoring its obligations under the federal Freedom of Information Act, a law that was enacted to ensure that Americans have timely access to information of pressing public concern.”

Statement on Salt Lake County Sheriff’s “Operational Recommendations for Rio Grande District”

03 April 2017 Published in Newsroom
Several aspects of the proposal are constitutionally suspect and could attract expensive litigation.

ACLU of Utah Files Objections to Decision in DEA Lawsuit over State Drug Database

27 March 2017 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah has filed objections to a federal magistrate judge’s recommendation to enforce a DEA subpoena seeking records from the Utah Controlled Substance Database.

ACLU of Utah to Law Enforcement Agencies: Be Wary of Involvement with ICE

23 March 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Local law enforcement cannot be forced to ignore their community priorities to participate in the federal government’s newly expanded mass deportation agenda.”

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