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November 6, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Alison Holcomb named director of national ACLU campaign

Alison Holcomb, who has been called the architect of marijuana legalization in Washington state, and who is criminal justice director of ACLU Washington, has been named national director of the ACLU Campaign to End Mass Incarceration, according to a release from the American Civil Liberties Union. Holcomb wrote Initiative 502, the measure that legalized…

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August 22, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Judge: Yakima city council elections must change

By Manuel Valdes Associated Press SEATTLE — A U.S. District Judge says the city of Yakima must change its city council elections to comply with the Voting Rights Act, finding that Latino residents do not have proper participation. Judge Thomas Rice’s summary judgment on Friday came after the Washington chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued Yakima…

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August 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Motion filed in immigrant minor deportation case

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A coalition of immigrant-rights advocacy groups is asking a federal court to block upcoming deportation proceedings against several minors unless they have proper legal representation. The preliminary injunction motion was filed Thursday night by several groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. The groups, which…

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December 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Judge: Skagit County towns shortchange poor defendants

The Associated Press A federal judge has ruled that two Washington cities have systematically violated the rights of poor defendants to have legal representation. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued Mount Vernon and Burlington two years ago, alleging that public defenders there were so overworked that they amounted to little more than…

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