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Behind Many ‘Mom and Pop’ Bail Bonds Shops Is a Huge Insurance Corporation Out to Profit From Misery

0SHARESShare Eleven years ago, San Diego, California, resident Melodie Henderson was arrested for assault after a minor altercation with a former coworker. Her bail was set at $50,000. This was before a judge ever laid eyes on her. Although she was employed, there was just no way Melodie would ever have been able to come up with the $50,000 she ...

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New Hampshire Disenfranchised This 94-Year-Old, Legally Blind Woman Because of Her Signature. Now We’re Suing.

0SHARESShare Mary Saucedo In New Hampshire, hundreds of voters are disenfranchised each election due to a statute which requires all absentee voters to undergo a “signature match” requirement — essentially a handwriting test. One of these voters is Mary Saucedo. At 94 years old, Mary first voted for president in 1944. Last year, New Hampshire refused to count her vote, ...

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Arresting a Reporter for Asking Questions Is an Unacceptable Assault on the First Amendment

0SHARESShare Journalist Dan Heyman addresses the press with his attorney following his release. A reporter in West Virginia was arrested Tuesday night for literally doing his job. Dan Heyman, a veteran reporter with Public News Service, was covering a visit to the state capitol by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway. As they ...

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Why the ACLU Supports the Appointment of a Special Prosecutor and the Creation of a Select Committee to Investigate Trump Campaign Ties to Russia

0SHARESShare James Comey speaks at the Brookings Institution. (Photo: Brookings Institution) Yesterday — May 9, 2017 — has the potential to be one of the most consequential days in the history of the United States and our experiment in constitutional democracy since the Watergate scandal brought down President Richard Nixon. As with Nixon, we have the specter of a president ...

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The Muslim Ban Is a Muslim Ban, the ACLU Argued in Court 

As the gavel sounded on Monday afternoon, the Richmond, Virginia, courtroom quieted. In a room of rich green carpet, great hanging chandeliers, and dark wood, the Fourth Circuit prepared to listen to a lawyer from the government argue with the ACLU’s Omar Jadwat about the Muslim ban. Outside, a couple hundred protesters marched around the courthouse shouting, “No hate, no fear, ...

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The Chelsea Manning Case: A Timeline

On May 17, Chelsea Manning will be released from military prison after her sentence was commuted by former President Obama in his last week in office. She has been incarcerated for seven years — far less than the 35 years to which she was sentenced, but longer than any whistleblower in U.S. history. Chelsea’s story raises numerous issues of interest ...

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Long-Awaited Public Defense Reform Comes to New York State

For decades, poor New Yorkers accused of crimes have been forced to rely on an overloaded and underfunded public defense system that has failed to provide the legal representation guaranteed to them under the Constitution. As a result, people in counties around the state have had only brief conversations with their lawyers, have not had their cases investigated, and have ...

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You Can’t Say That on Television (Colbert Edition)

Stephen Colbert stirred controversy last Monday when he roasted President Donald Trump in his “Late Show” opening monologue. Parodying President Trump’s penchant for lame puns and bad one-liners — Trump recently referred to CBS’s “Face the Nation” as “Deface the Nation” — Colbert piled the burns on hot and fast: “You’re the ‘presi-dunce,’​​​​​​ but you’re turning into a real ‘prick-tator.’ ...

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This Is Not the Texas I Know

A version of this piece originally ran at the ACLU of Texas .  Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law yesterday. He’d declared it an “emergency item” before the legislative session began, and he could barely contain his giddiness when the bill passed its final legislative hurdle last week. “I’m getting my signing pen warmed up,” he tweeted ...

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How Odious Is the House-Passed American Health Care Act? Let Us Count the Ways It Hurts People With Disabilities.

Last week, 217 members of the House of Representatives voted to decimate our country’s safety net for people with disabilities. And many of them gleefully toasted its passage on the White House lawn with President Trump. Yet, on every front, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) threatens the civil rights, health, employment, freedom, and the very lives of millions of ...

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