Press Releases

  • 04.20.00

    Ohio State Motto Unconstitutional

    U.S. Court of Appeals Finds Motto Violates First Amendment

    In a lengthy and carefully reasoned opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit declared the official motto of the State of Ohio unconstitutional.  The motto “With God All Things Are Possible” was adopted after being suggested by a Cincinnati boy in 1959.  The motto is a direct quote from Matthew 19:26, Read more…

    Religious Liberty
  • 04.20.00

    ACLU of Ohio Settles Lawsuit Involving Censored T-Shirt

    Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio Foundation, Inc. announced that it successfully settled a lawsuit on April 19th against the City of Northwood involving the unconstitutional censorship of a t-shirt by Northwood Police. The terms of the settlement include $4,500 in damages to Daniel Shellhammer, the youth whose t-shirt was confiscated, $500 Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 04.06.00

    State Appeals Court Vacates Sentence of Pregnant Prisoner

    Yuriko Kawaguchi Case Remanded to Common Pleas Court

    The Ohio Court of Appeals for the Eighth Judicial District (Cuyahoga County) today vacated the sentence of Yuriko Kawaguchi. In October 1998, Kawaguchi was sentenced to six months in prison by Judge Patricia Cleary, for her role in a credit card scheme. Remarks made from the bench during the sentencing hearing, as well as irregularities Read more…

    Reproductive Freedom
  • 10.19.99

    ACLU of Ohio Declares Victory in School Prayer Case

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio today announced that it has successfully resolved a five-month-old federal lawsuit against the London City School District. The suit, filed in June 1999, alleged that members of the London High School Coaching staff had engaged in an eight-year campaign of religious indoctrination with student athletes. The settlement, which Read more…

    Religious Liberty
  • 08.26.99

    ACLU Expresses Concern over Jackson-Milton Drug Test Policy

    In a letter to Jackson-Milton Schools Superintendent James Infante, dated August 26, 1999, ACLU of Ohio Associate Legal Director Gino Scarselli expressed the ACLU’s deep concern over plans by the North Jackson-Milton School District to begin drug testing all pupils in grades 7 through 12 who are involved in extracurricular activities for alcohol and drugs. Read more…