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Law
12:23 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Lawsuit Challenging Ban On Same-Sex Marriage In NC Waiting To Be Heard

Shana Carignan (left) and Megan Parker with son Jax
Credit NC ACLU

Every night before bedtime, Shana Carignan goes through a special ritual with her six-year-old son, Jax. "Arright buddy, you know the drill! We’re going to have to giggle, get the bubbles out, right?," she says.

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Politics & Government
5:31 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

NAACP, Advocacy Organizations Challenge Voter ID Bill In Lawsuit

NC NAACP leaders spoke to crowds of protesters at the capitol this spring as a part of Moral Mondays rallies.
Credit Matthew Lenard

Several advocacy organizations have filed suit against the state of North Carolina after Governor Pat McCrory signed broad-based voting reform.  Earlier today, leaders with the NAACP spoke out against the law. Reverend William Barber said it unfairly targets African-American voters.

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Law
5:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

ACLU Report Finds Major Race Disparity In Marijuana Arrests

African Americans are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white people.
Credit Colleen Danger, via flickr, Creative Commons

A new report from the ACLU says African Americans are more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession in North Carolina.  The survey released today says African Americans were arrested at three times the rate of whites in 2010.  A US Health Department report from the same year showed similar rates of marijuana use among both ethnic groups nationwide. 

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The State of Things
11:44 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Why Drones Could Be Coming To A County Near You

A MQ-9 Reaper drone.
Credit U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Ridgeway

North Carolina is vying to host one of six national test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.  The prospect of a burgeoning domestic drone industry in the state has some people excited.  But others are voicing concerns.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Is The Drone War Coming To North Carolina?

A Predator drone on a US Air Force base in 2011.
Credit US Air Force, via Wikipedia

As more domestic law enforcement agencies acquire drones, concerns are increasing about how the unmanned aerial vehicles will be used and regulated.

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Law
7:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

NC ACLU Asks: What's With The Drones?

Winston-Salem Police with its armored car used in recent standoffs.
Credit Walt Unks / Winston-Salem Journal

The largest law enforcement agencies in the state are being questioned about their use of military style weapons, technology and arrest tactics.  The North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union has sent public records requests to 62 law enforcement agencies.

“One of the reasons that we were very interested in sending out these public records requests, we learned that Gaston County had a drone.  And that was a big revelation,” says state ACLU director Chris Brook.

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Politics & Government
11:40 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Civil Rights Groups Urge DMV To Grant Immigrant Driver's Licenses

The North Carolina ACLU is urging the state DMV to continue issuing driver's licenses to some immigrants. 

The state's Department of Motor Vehicles has suspended its practice of granting licenses to immigrants allowed in the country under a federal policy, Immigrants registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative are allowed to stay in the country if they meet certain guidelines such as having arrived in the country before age 16, graduating high school or attending college or serving in the military.

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State of Things
11:28 am
Wed August 22, 2012

NC’s Strange Sentencing Problem

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina says there are potentially thousands of inmates who have been wrongfully convicted because of a problem with structured sentencing unique to North Carolina. Chris Brook, Legal Director of the ACLU of North Carolina, joins host Frank Stasio to discuss how firearms possession and a change in sentencing laws have countless men and women serving undeserved stints in prison.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

ACLU Sues State Over Adoption Restrictions

ACLU lawyer Elizabeth Gill speaks in front of same-sex couples at the federal courthouse in Greensboro.
Jeff Tiberii

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit in Greensboro seeking expanded adoption rights for same-sex couples.

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Law
9:47 am
Wed April 4, 2012

ACLU Seeks to Protect Cell Phone Records

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking a stand to protect cell phone records in police investigations.

Gurnal Scott: About 40 North Carolina police agencies responded to the national ACLU's question on how cell phone records were obtained. The ACLU said the responses were inconsistent ranging from getting court orders as a safety net to having no written policy at all. North Carolina ACLU spokesman Mike Meno says the intent is not to hamper how police track suspects.

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