Due Process

Due process is the principle that the government must respect all of the legal rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This principle gives individuals the ability to enforce their rights against violations by the government. The ACLU of Michigan recognizes this fundamental principle and works to protect fairness, justice and liberty for all.

Kicked Out of Public Housing for an Old Conviction

Kicked Out of Public Housing for an Old Conviction

2014-06-12 00:00:00

Public housing for people in need is financed by the federal government and administered by the state through the Section 8 voucher program. Federal law currently prohibits certain individuals who are registered on a state’s sex offender registry from being newly admitted to Section 8 housing. However, state agencies and landlords are not authorized to kick a tenant out of the Section 8 program if they are already living in public housing and a new registration requirement goes into effect.

Judge Refuses to Appoint Counsel to Jailed Defendant

Judge Refuses to Appoint Counsel to Jailed Defendant

2014-09-26 00:00:00

The Sixth Amendment guarantees that poor people who are accused of a crime and facing jail time have the right to court-appointed counsel. In February 2014 Derek Carlson was in jail facing charges of assault and battery and he could not afford to post bail. When he appeared in court for his arraignment he asked for court-appointed counsel, but the judge denied his request and sent him back to his jail cell.

Reforming the Broken Indigent Defense System

Reforming the Broken Indigent Defense System

2013-07-16 00:00:00

For decades, leaders in the state have recognized that Michigan’s system of representing poor individuals accused of crimes is broken. In 2007, the ACLU filed a critically important class action against the state to fix this longstanding problem. The state responded by asking the court to dismiss the case, contending that the counties, not the state, were responsible for any deficiencies in the system.

Food Assistance Cut Off Without Due Process

Food Assistance Cut Off Without Due Process

2016-08-25 00:00:00

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) cut off food assistance to Walter Barry, a low-income, developmentally disabled adult, because Mr. Barry’s identity had been used by someone else who committed a crime.  Under a DHHS policy that automatically denies food assistance to anyone with an outstanding felony warrant, Mr. Barry’s benefits were terminated, even after he proved at an administrative hearing that the warrant was based on a crime that was committed by someone else. 

ACLU of Michigan, Other Groups Make Joint Call for Moratorium on Mass Tax Foreclosures in Wayne County

ACLU of Michigan, Other Groups Make Joint Call for Moratorium on Mass Tax Foreclosures in Wayne County

2015-05-12 00:00:00

DETROIT – Fearing “an unprecedented human rights catastrophe,” the ACLU of Michigan along with the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice and 12 other community, legal and activist groups today delivered a letter to the Wayne County Treasurer urging him to immediately halt plans for mass tax foreclosures that could displace tens of thousands of area residents, most of them black Detroiters.

Shoshana Speaks: Mom Who Was Wrongly Arrested, Strip-Searched Tells of Ordeal

Shoshana Speaks: Mom Who Was Wrongly Arrested, Strip-Searched Tells of Ordeal

2015-04-22 00:00:00

It’s almost four years from the day I was forced off an airplane in Detroit, held for hours in a cell, strip-searched, and interrogated without explanation. Yet when I talk or think about the incident, it is fresh enough that I can still feel the horror, confusion, and anger that consumed me that day. Sometimes it seems so surreal that it happened to me. Other times I intellectualize it and know that this happened because our system has flaws.

ACLU of Michigan, Coalition Ask For Expedited Call on Appeal In Detroit Water Shutoff Case

ACLU of Michigan, Coalition Ask For Expedited Call on Appeal In Detroit Water Shutoff Case

2015-04-10 00:00:00

As the City of Detroit prepares to again turn off water service to delinquent customers, including many of the city's poorest residents, attorneys from the ACLU of Michigan and a coalition of other groups this week asked a federal court to expedite its hearing of their appeal of a November ruling that permitted the city move forward with its shut-off plans. 

The groups fear that the shutoffs, which have been aimed at residential customers while largely overlooking commercial water users, could pose enormous health risks for the city. 

Democracy Watch: Congress Looks at Detroit's Water Crisis

Democracy Watch: Congress Looks at Detroit's Water Crisis

2015-02-25 00:00:00

The idea of charging some customers less than others for water might seem counter-intuitive at first, but once economist Roger Colton explains why it makes good business sense, his reasoning is difficult to dispute.

Colton will be one of four people – a group that includes Detroit attorney Alice Jennings – participating in a congressional briefing on water affordability being sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) Thursday at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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August 26, 2016 SORA, sex offender registry
On Aug. 25, a federal appeals court unanimously declared that portions of the Michigan sex offender registry are unconstitutional because they effectively...
August 25, 2016
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) cut off food assistance to Walter Barry, a low-income, developmentally disabled adult, because Mr....
August 25, 2016
In a groundbreaking ruling, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the severe restrictions imposed by the Michigan legislature on former sex offenders...
African Americans in Wayne County are suffering from a tax foreclosure crisis more severe than any this region has seen since the Great Depression. But unlike...
May 25, 2016
The Supreme Court ruled decades ago that it is unconstitutional to jail a person for failure to pay a debt that she or he cannot afford.  However, until...
April 22, 2016
In 1993, when Boban Temelkoski was 19 years old, he touched the breasts of an underage girl.  He was permitted to plead guilty under the Holmes Youthful...
DETROIT — Striking a major blow against unconstitutional “pay or stay” sentencing practices, the Macomb County Circuit Court entered a final order yesterday...
November 18, 2015
The Emagine movie theater in Birmingham wanted to create an “upscale” atmosphere.  After an incident in which a group of teenagers became loud during a movie...
October 21, 2015
In the wake of an on-field brawl that involved only some members of the football teams of Detroit’s Cody and Martin Luther King High Schools, school officials...
October 05, 2015
Christopher Ratté, a University of Michigan professor, took his 7-year-old son, Leo, to a Detroit Tigers game in Comerica Park. Before they took their seats,...
March 31, 2015
The Supreme Court has ruled that just as the Constitution guarantees the right to an attorney, the Constitution also guarantees the right to represent yourself...
September 26, 2014
The Sixth Amendment guarantees that poor people who are accused of a crime and facing jail time have the right to court-appointed counsel. In February 2014...
June 23, 2014
Before courts recognized that abusive interrogation techniques could easily lead to a false confession and a miscarriage of justice, police routinely...
June 12, 2014
Public housing for people in need is financed by the federal government and administered by the state through the Section 8 voucher program. Federal law...
June 02, 2014
In 2013 the ACLU of Michigan filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of Lance Laird, who was denied custody of his children...
December 20, 2013
Once a criminal defendant loses an appeal, there are certain circumstances under which he or she can invoke to go back to the trial court and seek relief by...
September 24, 2013
Michigan’s Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect is supposed to protect children by ensuring that individuals who are a threat to children do not work...
July 16, 2013
For decades, leaders in the state have recognized that Michigan’s system of representing poor individuals accused of crimes is broken. In 2007, the ACLU filed...
June 19, 2013
Michigan’s so-called “zero tolerance” law for student expulsions is widely misunderstood, including by school administrators. After hearing from several...
April 03, 2013
R.V. is a certified nurse aid who worked in a nursing home from 2001 until 2009. In 2009 the Department of Community Health informed R.V. that she was barred...
March 07, 2013
Attorneys from Dearborn filed a class action against McDonald’s for falsely advertising halal Chicken McNuggets when they were, in fact, not halal. The...
June 15, 2012
The Michigan Parole Board sometimes imposes automatic conditions of parole on inmates leaving prison that deny them fundamental constitutional rights, even...
July 06, 2007
CINCINNATI - In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today dismissed a legal challenge to the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance...
Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The...
In a case that could open the doors to legal proceedings of detainees around the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit on behalf of...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
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Nearly 300 Michigan attorneys and 20 Michigan legal organizations, including the ACLU of Michigan, called Thursday for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE...
May 12, 2017 Donald Trump, Muslim Ban
In response to a recent joint lawsuit filed by the Arab American Civil Rights League, the ACLU of Michigan and others, a federal judge on Thursday ordered...
February 03, 2017
NOTICE ABOUT FOOD LOST DUE TO POWER OUTAGES:  If you lost food purchased with back benefits you received from this lawsuit, you must file a claim with DHHS...
August 25, 2016 sex offender registry, SORA
CINCINNATI—A federal appeals court unanimously declared today that portions of the Michigan sex offender registry are unconstitutional because they effectively...
ACLU of Michigan legal director Michael J. Steinberg explains Wayne County's tax foreclosure crisis.
June 23, 2016
Local police play a critical role in protecting and serving Michigan’s immigrant communities. However, local police confront particular challenges in this area...
LANSING—In a severe blow to the illegal “pay-or-stay” sentencing practices being challenged by the ACLU of Michigan and other groups, the state Supreme Court...
DETROIT — Striking a major blow against unconstitutional “pay or stay” sentencing practices, the Macomb County Circuit Court entered a final order yesterday...
DETROIT—A federal judge today refused to dismiss an ACLU lawsuit challenging a state policy that makes it nearly impossible for transgender Michiganders to...
FOR IMMEDIATE USE October 30, 2015   CONTACT: Darrell Dawsey, ACLU of Michigan, 313-578-6831; ddawsey@aclumich.org DETROIT—As part of the ACLU of Michigan’...
DETROIT—Citing concerns about both age discrimination and the stereotyping of teens, the ACLU of Michigan in a letter today urged the owner of the newly...
DETROIT – Citing potential constitutional violations, the ACLU of Michigan is urging Detroit Public Schools officials to rescind the mass school suspensions...
October 01, 2015
DETROIT – In a press conference today, Governor Rick Snyder officially announced his appointment of University of Michigan legal professor Joan Larsen to the...
MIDLAND – Michigan’s civil forfeiture laws, which enable law enforcement agencies to gain possession of private property, are among the worst rated in the...
May 12, 2015 housing
DETROIT – Fearing “an unprecedented human rights catastrophe,” the ACLU of Michigan along with the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, the Sugar Law Center for Economic...
April 22, 2015 Racial Justice Project
It’s almost four years from the day I was forced off an airplane in Detroit, held for hours in a cell, strip-searched, and interrogated without explanation....
April 10, 2015 Michigan Water Crisis
As the City of Detroit prepares to again turn off water service to delinquent customers, including many of the city's poorest residents, attorneys from the...
March 11, 2015 Forfeiture Law
On May 31, 2008, approximately 130 members of the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit gathered for a monthly event featuring music and dancing. Shortly...
February 25, 2015 Democracy Watch
The idea of charging some customers less than others for water might seem counter-intuitive at first, but once economist Roger Colton explains why it makes...
February 05, 2015 #TBT
With a history of civil liberties stretching back almost a century, the ACLU has got plenty of amazing cases for #TBT. Every Thursday, we'll be sharing updates...
October 16, 2014
DETROIT, MI — In a letter sent today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the ACLU of Michigan calls on two United Nations Special...
As a civil-rights lawyer, I’ve dedicated my career to battling back the infuriating unfairness that runs rampant through our society. As a black woman, I’ve...
September 29, 2014
DETROIT, MI— Today, the ACLU of Michigan and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., a separate entity from the NAACP, expressed deep disappointment...
September 11, 2014
DETROIT, MI – Today, civil rights attorneys seeking to prevent further water shut-offs to thousands of Detroit residents released documents showing the Detroit...
August 25, 2014
DETROIT – In an effort to preserve a moratorium on water shut-offs, a group of Detroit residents and civil rights attorneys filed court documents over the...
July 22, 2014
DETROIT – The city of Detroit’s fifteen-day moratorium on water shut-offs, announced yesterday nearly four months after the shut-offs began, is welcomed but...
July 18, 2014
DETROIT – In response to the growing water crisis in Detroit, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc...
November 26, 2013
A federal judge ruled today that claims against a Wayne County Family Court judge could proceed in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of...
July 25, 2013 Detroit
DETROIT – In an effort to protect the free speech rights of protesters, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf...
June 22, 2013 Weekly Rights Review
This week, we are fighting for all Michiganders’ rights to have fair trials and to go to school, regardless of their economic status. In the meantime, more...
June 19, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauds the Michigan Legislature today for passing necessary legislation to correct the state’s broken system...
April 03, 2013
Lansing –The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to fix Michigan’s system...
April 03, 2013
LANSING, Mich. –The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to fix Michigan’s...
June 25, 2012 Criminal Justice
In a landmark decision today that effectively strikes down Michigan’s sentencing scheme, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for children under...
June 22, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan lauded a report released today by the Governor’s Indigent Defense Advisory Commission that outlines...
December 21, 2011 Due Process
In a friend of the court brief submitted today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, along with the Ottawa County Bar Association and Criminal...
October 14, 2011 Prisoner Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan welcomes Governor Rick Snyder’s executive order establishing a commission to improve Michigan’s system for...
October 05, 2011
DETROIT – A federal judge signed a final order late yesterday afternoon permanently barring Genesee County Parks from enforcing a rule that prohibited...
May 18, 2011
Detroit – 13 people. 13 stories. 13 tragic, expensive and preventable examples of Michigan’s failing public defense systems. Today, at news conferences in...
April 07, 2011 Safe & Free
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed 13 Freedom of Information Act requests today seeking records regarding the emergency financial...
March 24, 2011
DETROIT – In an effort to protect the rights of children, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today asking a judge to strike...
December 01, 2010 Prisoner Rights
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union applauded a Michigan Supreme Court decision today allowing its lawsuit to proceed that seeks to fix Michigan’s...
November 17, 2010 Criminal Justice
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan today filed a lawsuit on behalf of nine Michigan citizens who were sentenced to life in prison...
DETROIT – In a consent judgment approved by the court this week, Detroit Public Schools agreed to end the practice of conducting mass student searches without...
October 04, 2010
New York – Poor defendants are being jailed at increasingly alarming rates for failing to pay legal debts they can never hope to afford, according to two...
August 17, 2010
HOWELL, Mich. –The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan wrote a letter today urging Howell city officials to respect the free speech rights of a local...
August 11, 2010
In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Flint Housing Commission to reconsider a proposal to require all public subsidized...
July 16, 2010
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union slammed a Michigan Supreme Court decision today dismissing a lawsuit seeking to fix Michigan’s system for...
June 03, 2010
DETROIT – A Macomb County Circuit Court judge dismissed a bioterrorism charge late Wednesday against an HIV-positive man accused of biting his neighbor. The...
May 17, 2010 Prisoner Rights
Detroit – In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for juvenile offenders who did not commit homicide to be sentenced...
April 30, 2010
Lansing – In an order issued today, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously rejected the State of Michigan’s attempts to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American...
April 28, 2010 Safe & Free
Ann Arbor, MI — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is gravely concerned by plans to evict about 20 residents of the local homeless encampment Camp...
March 15, 2010
CHARLEVOIX, MICH. – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan harshly criticized the Charlevoix Public Schools handling of a 2008...
March 04, 2010
Lansing, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Innocence Clinic asked an appeals court today to overturn the felony...
February 18, 2010 Safe & Free
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Detroit Police Department's 2008 raid of the...
February 16, 2010 Safe & Free
Detroit – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Royal Oak Police Department and City Attorney to abide by the law and end...
December 23, 2009
Ann Arbor, Mich. – In a friend of the court brief filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor to...
December 22, 2009
Elk Rapids, Mich. – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan came to the aid of a terminally ill woman who is being evicted from her...
December 21, 2009
Lansing – In an order entered Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court agreed to hear the state’s appeal in a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil...
DETROIT – In an effort to uphold the constitutional rights of students, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf...
DETROIT – A federal judge today has approved a settlement agreement in the class action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on...
LELAND, MICH – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department to end the unconstitutional...
September 16, 2009 Unreasonable Search and Seizure
Imagine you’re 19 years old and attending a going away party for a friend. Although alcohol is being served, you do not drink. Now imagine going home after the...
July 15, 2009
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded a unanimous Michigan Court of Appeals decision today upholding the free speech rights of a...
April 23, 2009 Criminal Justice
These intimate profiles of individuals who were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole as children illustrate the importance of reforming Michigan...
March 30, 2009 Criminal Justice
UPDATE: (March 31, 2009) The ACLU of Michigan is happy to announce that Edwina Nowlin was released today after being represented by the ACLU at  an emergency...
March 11, 2009 Search & Seizure
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it launching an investigation into the hallway sweep conducted by the Detroit...
DETROIT – In a case with far reaching implications for young adults and minors throughout Michigan, the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today...
February 20, 2009
DETROIT —The Michigan State Court of Appeals today held that a Michigan family court cannot refuse to hear a child custody case simply because it involves...
December 11, 2008
DETROIT– The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded a Court of Appeals decision today granting its motion for bond on behalf of a Benton Harbor...
September 22, 2008 Unreasonable Search and Seizure
DETROIT— The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that the City of Detroit has dropped all charges against the nearly 116 patrons of the...
March 18, 2008
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today marked the 45th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright by calling on...
February 26, 2008 housing
DETROIT – A groundbreaking settlement agreement finalized today between a domestic violence survivor, a private housing complex and a property management...
November 27, 2007
Detroit -- In a letter sent to Central Michigan University, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the president to recognize the right of...
October 03, 2007
Washington - The American Civil Liberties Union along with the ACLU of Michigan urged the U.S. Supreme Court today to review a legal challenge to the Bush...
September 26, 2007 Unreasonable Search and Seizure
ACLU Praises Ruling as Major Civil Liberties Victory for Young Adults DETROIT — In a ruling that will impact young adults throughout the state, a federal judge...
August 02, 2007
DETROIT -- President Bush has launched a “fear offensive” to pressure Congress into legalizing the warrantless wiretapping program of the National Security...
July 06, 2007
CINCINNATI - In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today dismissed a legal challenge to the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance...
May 24, 2007 LGBT Rights
DETROIT — Encouraged by the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision today granting a request to appeal the Court of Appeals’ ruling that the state’s marriage...
May 16, 2007
Lansing — An Ingham County Circuit Court Judge ruled today that a lawsuit against the State of Michigan for failing to fulfill its constitutional obligation to...
ACLU of Michigan Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against City of Flint and Law Enforcement Detroit — The American Civil Liberties of Michigan filed a class...
February 22, 2007
Lansing, MI – The Michigan Coalition for Justice (MCJ) filed a lawsuit today against the State of Michigan and Governor Jennifer Granholm for failing to...
December 19, 2006
The ACLU of Michigan applauds the work of the Lansing City Council in passing a human rights ordinance last evening by a unanamous vote of 8-0. Lansing's...
December 07, 2006
Detroit — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today filed a lawsuit against two Lansing police officers on behalf of a Lansing resident who was...
November 14, 2006
DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan today urged a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling declaring the...
October 03, 2006
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the National Lawyers Guild announced today that they have reached a settlement with the City of Ferndale to...
August 02, 2006
DETROIT-- In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged Clawson city officials to amend their political sign ordinance to protect...
June 09, 2006
DETROIT – The ACLU of Michigan has joined a coalition of more than 20 organizations nationwide in opposition of the illegal spying program conducted by the...
June 06, 2006
This weekend, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Cooley Law School will present two town hall meetings entitled “Spying, Secrecy and...
January 17, 2006
DETROIT – Saying that the Bush administration’s illegal spying on Americans must end, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a first-of-its-kind...
January 11, 2006
Detroit — In a move reserved for extraordinary cases, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today filed a class action in the Michigan Court of...
DETROIT – Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue that the police should not be able to use...
December 22, 2005 Government Surveillance
Judge Damon Keith ruling was key in establishing legal precedent The 214th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights this past week is an...
September 08, 2005 Unreasonable Search and Seizure
Motion to Dismiss Denied in ACLU Case Representing Dance Club Patrons Subjected to Mass Arrest and Searches DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of...
August 04, 2005 Student Rights
The ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a police practice of forcing pedestrians under age 21 to take a Breathalyzer test without first...
July 27, 2005
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Legal Aid of Western Michigan (LAWM) are hailing an agreement with the Michigan State Police (MSP...
Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The...
May 10, 2005
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan expressed great concern and opposition today to news that Attorney General Mike Cox is pushing for...
May 02, 2005
Though the Saginaw County sheriff claims that a policy of stripping and holding pre-trial detainees naked in a segregated cell has ended, there is now evidence...
April 25, 2005
Detroit — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is hopeful that the Supreme Court will strike down a Michigan law denying legal representation to...
April 19, 2005
DETROIT – The U.S. Court of Appeals will hear two cases this week that were filed by the ACLU of Michigan. On Tuesday, the ACLU-M will argue on behalf of the...
April 04, 2005
DETROIT -- The Roseville artist who has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for painting a mural on the side of an office building will be staying at home as the...
March 29, 2005 Prisoner Rights
Detroit — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it will join in three lawsuits that have been filed against the Saginaw County...
February 04, 2005
DETROIT – A judge ruled today that an American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan lawsuit against the Michigan State Police (MSP) will not be dismissed and can...
February 03, 2005
DETROIT – A hearing will be held this week to determine if an American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan lawsuit against the Michigan State Police (MSP) will...
January 10, 2005
Detroit — The ACLU of Michigan announced today that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a second constitutional challenge to a Michigan law - Halbert v....
December 14, 2004 Rights
Man Arrested For Advising Friend of Rights DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a young man who...
October 04, 2004
DETROIT – In a case of national importance, the Supreme Court will hear arguments from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today that a state law is...
September 17, 2004
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit today in federal court on behalf of a Grosse Pointe Woods resident charging the City...
June 21, 2004
DETROIT -- After receiving information about the entrapment of gay men or men suspected of being gay at a highway rest area, the American Civil Liberties Union...
March 20, 2003
DETROIT – The FBI has told the ACLU that they will refuse to follow their previous practice in Michigan of providing assurances of the men's rights,...
March 19, 2003 Due Process
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced that a settlement agreement has been reached between the South Lyon Community Schools and...
December 10, 2002
DETROIT -- Three lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will be heard this Wednesday, December 11, in three different courts. Two of...
BAY CITY — The ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a police practice of forcing pedestrians under age 21 to take a Breathalyzer test...
October 06, 2002
Detroit - A federal judge ruled today that an immigration court did violate the due process of Rabih Haddad when closing a portion of his bond hearing last...
October 02, 2002 Free Speech
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a motion today asking a federal judge to order the South Lyon Community Schools to permit the...
August 26, 2002 Safe & Free
In a unanimous decision today, a federal appeals court struck down the government's blanket policy of conducting secret deportation hearings inpost-9/11 cases...
June 11, 2002
Detroit - Today the ACLU of Michigan, together with concerned attorneys, asked Archie C. Brown, Chief Judge of the Washtenaw County Trial Court, to rescind a...
June 06, 2002 Free Speech
DETROIT — Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit in federal court against the South Lyon Community Schools for suspending two...
May 22, 2002 Criminal Justice
Today the ACLU of Michigan, in a letter to district court judges across the state, requested that steps be taken to free prisoners who were either convicted on...
June 04, 2001
DETROIT -  The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Lawyers Guild filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Detroit today to prevent the police...
May 31, 2001 Driving While Black
DETROIT — As the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and as vice-chair of ALPACT, Advocates and Leaders for Police and...
April 10, 2001 Racial Profiling
DETROIT — Acting on behalf of 21 young African-American men who were stopped by the police while riding their bikes, the American Civil Liberties Union of...
In a ruling that will impact young adults throughout the state, a federal judge ruled that the police may no longer force pedestrians under age 21 to take a...
DETROIT - Today, in a significant victory for the right to counsel, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals struck down a Michigan law that would have...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, who filed an amicus brief in the lawsuit, hailed the Court of Appeals decision as justice at its best.  “The...
April 10, 2002 - Press ReleaseThe transcripts to prior immigration hearings regarding Rabih Haddad remain out of the public’s reach, at least for the time...
DETROIT – The ACLU of Michigan emailed letters today to 425 city, village, and university attorneys in Michigan urging them to instruct their respective police...
DETROIT – The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear a Michigan case raising the question of whether the courts should suppress evidence seized...
The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that a new print advertisement will run in targeted congressional districts, calling on the 110th Congress...
Detroit — In a letter to an apartment management company today, the national American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan urged a Detroit landlord...
DETROIT— The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that a SLAPP suit (“Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation”) against a...
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal sex discrimination lawsuit against a Detroit landlord after the company evicted a domestic...
FLINT, MI -- A city mayor’s dislike and difference of opinion with a major Flint paper has resulted in a lawsuit filed today in federal court by the American...
In a searing opinion today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the District Court ruling that restrictions on prison visitation imposed in 1995 violated...
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan will appear in federal court here on Monday, June 12, to argue that the Bush...
In a case that could open the doors to legal proceedings of detainees around the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit on behalf of...