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In a victory for the people of Georgia, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the state can no longer charge individuals hundreds of dollars to see the laws that govern them.
To get there, the court relied on a central tenet of American democracy: The government works on behalf of the public.
Quoting the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit wrote, “The concept of popular sovereignty is deeply rooted in our politics, our law, and our history. The seminal statement of America’s political creed boldly proclaims that ‘[g]overnments ... deriv[e] their just powers from the consent of the governed.’”
For decades, Georgia ignored this reality. Rather than make the text of the law freely available, the state pay-walled access to the statutes, court opinions, and annotations that make up its official law.
In 2013, a nonprofit called Public.Resource.Org paid for a copy of the state’s official code and posted it online for free. The state respond…
December 14, 2017 Press Release for ACLU PHOENIX
–Maricopa County Attorney William Montgomery has decided not to
challenge the most recent ruling upholding Arizona’s Medical Marijuana
Act, as the deadline of December 11 to seek review by the United States
Supreme Court has passed. In 2016, the Arizona Court of Appeals found in
favor of a Sun City medical marijuana dispensary, ruling that federal
law prohibiting marijuana does not void Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act
and that the county and state should therefore allow the dispensary to
continue operating. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of
Arizona represented the White Mountain Health Center on this issue of
Emma Andersson, the ACLU’s lead attorney on White Mountain Medical Center v. Maricopa County and staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, had this response: “From
the beginning, Maricopa County Attorney William Montgomery was clear
about his intentions with this case…
December 14, 2017 ACLU Press Release
WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted today to implement Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to end net neutrality.
neutrality prevents internet service providers from prioritizing data
for businesses and other organizations that they favor or that pay more.
The rules keep the internet open, free, and unrestricted, preventing
ISPs from becoming gatekeepers that can control and manipulate what
people access on the internet.
Jay Stanley, American Civil Liberties Union senior policy analyst, said:
the end of the dial-up era, the FCC has enforced network neutrality
principles and helped create the internet as we know it. Today’s
misguided FCC action represents a radical departure that risks erosion
of the biggest free speech platform the world has ever known.
loss means that telecommunications companies will start intruding more
on how people use the internet. Internet service providers will become
much more ag…