Stories from the ACLU of Washington

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
The ACLU of Washington is concerned about the City’s announced plan to shut down hookah lounges across the city. We believe that city enforcement decisions that will deprive business owners of their livelihood should not be made in haste. Read the full letter to Seattle Mayor Edward Murray below.
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Friday, August 21, 2015
The Seattle Police Department has repeatedly failed to meet its own deadlines for producing records we requested seven months ago related to the SPD’s handling of Black Lives Matters/Ferguson protests held in November 2014.
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Friday, August 21, 2015
Clarence Moriwaki has joined the ACLU of Washington staff as our Campaign Manager for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. He is heading up our work to end capital punishment in Washington, developing strategies to replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of release.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Yakima held its first election under the City Council district system created by an ACLU-WA lawsuit. Many people in new majority-Latino districts who didn’t vote in the last primary cast ballots this year – showing citizens will participate in elections when they have a meaningful opportunity to do so.
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Monday, August 17, 2015
The WA Supreme Court has ruled that a judge can consider a defendant’s young age in imposing a sentence for a crime committed after his 18th birthday. The ruling affirmed what parents have known and scientists have confirmed: that the brain does not achieve full maturity until well past the age of 18.
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Monday, August 10, 2015
The ACLU of Washington is calling on San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1  to comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy (RPA) Act and enable women to obtain vital reproductive healthcare services.  The ACLU has written to the District asking it to change its policies and practices to fulfill its obligations under state law.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Andrew Nelson has long sought justice and dignity for people working their way through the legal system. His first experience in the field was as a defense advocate in the Bellevue Youth Court, a youth-led juvenile diversion program in his hometown of Bellevue, WA.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The impact of the ACLU-WA’s successful voting rights suit was apparent in Yakima’s primary election as a record number of Latino candidates ran for City Council.
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Friday, July 17, 2015
David Russell’s passion for civil liberties began with an infringement on his own civil liberties while serving as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years. David became a conscientious objector and applied to be discharged because of his beliefs. The process took a year and culminated with his application being denied, as the Air Force claimed his objection was merely “political.”
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
In 2002, Alex Salas was a carpenter climbing scaffolding at a work site on a wet day in October when he slipped and fell more than 20 feet. He suffered 10 fractures and underwent 13 surgeries, and sued the contractor who was responsible for his injuries. At the first trial in 2006, the contractor was ruled negligent as a matter of law but the jury refused to award any damages to Mr. Salas. At a second trial that ended a few weeks ago, the jury awarded over $2.5 million in damages. Why the difference?

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