Press Releases

  • 01.12.13

    Conneaut Officials Ask State for Help After Increase in Crime Around CCA-Owned Private Prison

    Burdening Local Law Enforcement with Increased Criminal Activity is a Familiar Pattern for Private Prison Companies

    CONNEAUT, OH – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio again called on the state to intervene at Correction Corporation of America’s (CCA) privately owned Lake Erie Correctional Institution (LaECI). The ACLU noted increasing reports of rampant smuggling activity around the private prison’s perimeter, requiring Conneaut Police Department officials to take action. Conneaut officials Read more…

    Criminal Justice
  • 01.10.13

    ACLU of Ohio Warns Jackson City Schools On Religious Portrait in Middle School

    Public Schools are Not Permitted to Endorse or Promote a Religion

    Jackson, OH – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the Jackson City School District, warning school officials that a religious portrait of Jesus currently hanging in the Jackson Middle School is unconstitutional. “The Establishment Clause of the Constitution prohibits government institutions from displaying religious imagery unless that display is for a Read more…

    Religious Liberty
  • 01.10.13

    ACLU Representing Columbia Station Man Charged with Inducing Panic for Facebook Comments

    Online Commentary That Does Not Involve a True Threat Is Protected First Amendment Speech

    MEDINA, OH – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a not guilty plea in Medina Municipal Court on behalf of Joseph W. Resovsky, a Columbia Station man charged with inducing panic for his online commentary made in the aftermath of the tragic school shootings in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. “We believe the defendant’s Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 12.27.12

    Settlement Reached in Case Protecting Anonymous Speech of Online Commenters

    STEUBENVILLE, OH – Today, a settlement has been announced between an online journalist, a group of anonymous commenters, and a family who filed a defamation lawsuit over a number of online statements. According to the agreement, the family will end the lawsuit against journalist Alexandria Goddard and the commenters, and a statement from one of Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 12.14.12

    ACLU of Ohio Offers to Represent Anonymous Defendants in Jefferson County Defamation Case

    Defendants Have a First Amendment Right to Anonymous Online Speech and Should be Protected from a CyberSLAPP Lawsuit

    STEUBENVILLE, OH – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio announced that it has offered to represent a number of “John Doe” defendants in a defamation lawsuit and subpoena request currently pending in the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas. “We believe the real goal of this lawsuit is to discover the identity of Read more…

    Free Speech
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