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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…
ATLANTA — The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Georgia filed a lawsuit today against Secretary of State Brian Kemp and all county registrars demanding they provide due process for Georgia voters whose absentee ballots or applications are being rejected due to an alleged mismatch of signatures.
The case was filed on behalf of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project. At issue is a state law that allows election officials — who have no handwriting-analysis expertise — to reject an absentee ballot if they think there is a signature mismatch in the voter’s paperwork, without giving prior notice to the voter or an opportunity to contest that determination.
The ACLU is seeking a temporary restraining order requiring election officials to provide absentee voters the opportunity to confirm their identity or otherwise resolve the alleged discrepancy.
The lawsuit notes that a voter’s signature could vary for a “variety of reasons, both intentional and unintentional. Unintentional factors includ…