News from the ACLU of LA
Disastrous Toll of Drug Use Criminalization — The massive enforcement of laws criminalizing personal drug use and possession in the United States causes devastating harm, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a joint report released today.
Open Letter Regarding Slidell Panhandling Ordinance — The ACLU of Louisiana sent a letter to the members of the Slidell City Council today, advising them that their ordinance requiring permits for panhandlers violates the Constitution.
Federal Court Blocks Louisiana's Online Age-Verification Law for Violating First Amendment — On Friday, October 7, Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson of federal district court signed an order permanently preventing Louisiana from enforcing a 2015 Louisiana law that required websites to age-verify every Internet user before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed harmful to any minor. Judge Jackson had previously granted a preliminary injunction in the case, Garden District Book Shop v. Stewart. The state then determined that it would not defend the constitutionality of the law and agreed to the entry of a permanent injunction
ACLU of Louisiana to Present Panel on Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts — On October 27, 2016, the ACLU of Louisiana will present a critical panel discussion on the impact of non-unanimous jury verdicts in Louisiana. Louisiana is only one of two states that allow felony convictions by a less-than-unanimous jury vote. This unfair practice arose out of post-Reconstruction racism, and has led to countless wrongful convictions. The panel will discuss the history and effects of non-unanimous verdicts, as well as strategies for restoring the unanimous verdict requirement to Louisiana’s legal system.
ACLU of Louisiana Statement on 'Flag Desecration' Arrest in Lafayette — According to news reports, a man was arrested in Lafayette yesterday and charged with 'flag desecration.' Charri Mohamad was charged under LA Rev Stat § 14:116 following complaints from a local business, whose security cameras recorded footage appearing to show Mohamad burning an American flag, and tearing up another.
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