1. The ACLU has sponsored a major lawsuit against the state of South Carolina, a suit that works on behalf of the state’s Green Party and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt. (Love)
2. Thanks to the ACLU, America’s most loathsome sheriff, Joe Arpaio, is in biiiiig trouble for making female inmates jump through hoops for health care:
County jail officials defied a court order to transport an inmate who wanted an off-site abortion, according to a motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union this week in Maricopa County Superior Court.
ACLU attorneys say jail officials told a woman who sought an abortion in April that she’d need a judge’s approval, despite a 2005 injunction that forbade the jail from imposing a policy against taking women to have abortions.
As a result, the motion says, the abortion was delayed nearly a month, causing it to become a two-day procedure that placed the inmate at greater risk for medical complications.
The Arizona Court of Appeals last year upheld a lower court’s ruling that found that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s unwritten policy violated a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. Arpaio — who likened it to running a “taxi service from jail to an abortion clinic and back” — appealed again, but both the state and U.S. supreme courts declined to hear the matter.
3. The ACLU caved on the Bush Junta-inspired “free speech zones” being fenced-in and far-removed during the upcoming Denver Dem propagandafest:
The American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday it will not appeal a federal judge’s ruling that upheld the city’s decision to limit protests during the Democratic National Convention to a fenced-in demonstration zone, and to end all marches more than a quarter-mile from the site.
Judge Marcia S. Krieger had ruled Wednesday that the restrictions do not infringe on protesters’ free-speech rights. Mark Silverstein, ACLU-Colorado legal director, said that since the Sept. 11 attacks the law has shifted to favor security over First Amendment rights.
“That’s sad, but that’s the state of the law,” Silverstein said.
Silverstein said the lawsuit yielded several victories, including getting the city to issue parade permits in a timely manner, install a public address system in the demonstration zone so delegates can hear protesters and allow protesters to put literature on tables along a sidewalk for delegates [which delegates will avoid like the plague — Semidi].