Press Releases

  • 05.18.10

    ACLU Calls on Legislators to Keep Sexting Teens Out of Criminal Courts

    Poor Judgment Needs Education, Not Incarceration

    COLUMBUS- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio will testify today on Ohio House Bill 473, which seeks to create a new criminal misdemeanor violation for sexting: when teenagers send or receive nude or partially nude images of other minors electronically. While there is no specific state law that criminalizes sexting, some county prosecutors around Read more…

    Free Speech, Juvenile Justice
  • 05.07.10

    Free Speech Must Be Free, Says ACLU

    Charging Residents for Right to Protest and Changing Venue at Last Minute Violates First Amendment Rights

    CAMPBELL, OH- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter today to Mark J. Kolmacic, law director for the city of Campbell, expressing deep concern over reports that the city charged local residents a fee of $480 in order to peacefully protest on public property. The rally took place on April 17, 2010 Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 05.02.10

    ACLU of Ohio Announces James L. Hardiman as New Legal Director

    Hardiman's Extensive Experience in Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Prepare Organization to Tackle Inequality

    CLEVELAND- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is pleased to announce that James L. Hardiman has been named legal director for the organization. Hardiman has over 40 years experience litigating complex civil rights and civil liberties issues, including school desegregation, police practices, and voting rights. Outside of the courtroom, Hardiman has advocated for civil Read more…

    General Civil Liberties
  • 04.27.10

    ACLU Files Lawsuit Asking Ohio Supreme Court to Require Transition Committees to Comply with Sunshine Laws

    County Denied ACLU Records Request for Committee Documents

    CLEVELAND- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a lawsuit today in the Ohio Supreme Court after Cuyahoga County officials denied part of a records request seeking documents relating to the Executive Committee, as well as other committees and subcommittees working on the county’s charter transition. In its response to the records request, the Read more…

    Open Government
  • 04.13.10

    ACLU Files Lawsuit to Ensure Death Row Inmates Have Equal Access to Courts

    Prisoners Awaiting Execution Must Have Highest Degree of Due Process

    COLUMBUS- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on behalf of death row inmate Darryl Durr, who was denied post-conviction DNA testing. According to Ohio law, courts must consider appeals from non-death row prisoners who have been refused DNA testing Read more…

    Death Penalty
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