Tag: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia will offer an election hotline to answer questions from voters who encounter problems at the polls on Election Day. Most problems at the polls arise from a combination of voters not knowing their rights and poll workers not being sufficiently informed about election law.
Federal District Court Judge Michael Urbanski today ruled that the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors violated the First Amendment rights of ACLU of Virginia client Barbara Hudson by opening meetings with prayers that favored one set of religious beliefs over others.
Gov. Bob McDonnell last night proposed limited amendments to legislation that called for a two-year moratorium on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, by law enforcement and regulatory agencies in the Commonwealth thereby assuring that Virginia will become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide restriction on the use of drones.
The ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell urging him to sign without amendment the drone moratorium legislation sent to his desk in February by overwhelming bi-partisan votes in the General Assembly.
The ACLU of Virginia today sent a letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell urging him to veto legislation that compels public colleges and universities to recognize and fund student organizations that discriminate in their membership based on sexual orientation and religion.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations today released a letter sent to DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb renewing a request that he rescind a recently implemented policy refusing to accept federally-issued work papers as proof of legal presence to obtain either a driver license or ID in Virginia. […]
Access to justice for victims of civil and human rights violations has been severely curbed over the last decade in Virginia and across the nation, according to a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union. The report shows how indigent capital defendants, victims of torture, immigrants, and abused domestic workers, among others, are […]
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today filed an amicus brief with the Virginia Court of Appeals contending that our constitutional right to privacy is violated when police surreptitiously place GPS devices on cars without first obtaining a warrant. “If the police are allowed to attach a GPS device to anyone’s car and remotely […]
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia announced today that all charges have been dropped against a boy charged with possession of child pornography after he received nude photos on his cell phone from a girl who attended school with him. The boy, who was 14 years old when the incident occurred, had not shown […]
Groups urge Kaine to restore voting rights for ex-felons Staff Report News Tips: email@example.com Ten Virginia civil-rights and faith-based groups have joined together to ask Gov. Tim Kaine to issue an executive order that would restore voting rights to most or all of Virginia’s 300,000 individuals who are being denied the right to vote because […]
Virginia woman asks public for help in locating her daughter Staff Report News tips: firstname.lastname@example.org Janet Jenkins today appealed to the public for help in locating her daughter, Isabella Miller-Jenkins. In November, the Rutland Family Court in Vermont ordered that Lisa Miller transfer custody of the child to Janet Jenkins on Jan. 1, 2010. The […]
ACLU backs Gloucester residents in removal case Staff Report News Tips: email@example.com The ACLU of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression today filed an amicus brief in the Virginia Supreme Court on behalf of 40 Gloucester residents who were ordered to pay a total of $80,000 in fees after […]
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last night to kill a controversial proposal that would have enabled county inspectors to enter rental units without first obtaining a warrant. Under the proposed ordinance, building owners in designated districts would have been required to allow inspections of the interior of their properties once notified by […]
A committee of the Virginia Supreme Court has withdrawn a controversial proposal to make jurors anonymous in all state court criminal trials. The committee’s apparent turnabout comes as a result of strong criticism from open government advocates, who argued that allowing the public to know jurors’ identities is an essential part of a fair and […]
With the voter registration deadline approaching, the American Civil Liberties Union has sent an electronic flyer to approximately 400 college campus organizations at 33 Virginia colleges, encouraging students to take advantage of a new State Board of Elections’ policy permitting them to register to vote in the jurisdiction where they attend college. The flyer also […]