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Adams Jones et al. v. Boockvar

On November 13, 2018, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the ACLU Voting Rights Project, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and cooperating counsel filed a constitutional challenge against Pennsylvania’s deadline for submitting completed absentee ballots.

November 13, 2018 Voting Rights

Commonwealth v. Ford

For the past 45 years, Pennsylvania courts have been prohibited from imposing fines that defendants cannot afford to pay, as a way to ensure that they are not saddled with unfordable court debt. But does this requirement apply if a defendant pleads guilty?

November 1, 2018 Criminal Justice Reform

PILP v. Wetzel (Hayes v. Wetzel)

On October 30, 2018, the ACLU of Pennsylvania with the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, the Abolitionist Law Center, the Amistad Law Project, and volunteer attorneys from the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP filed two federal civil rights lawsuits challenging the

October 30, 2018 Prisoners' Rights

Police harassing anti-war protestors

On September 18, 2007, the ACLU-PA filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of the Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) asking the court to issue an emergency injunction to stop Pittsburgh police from issuing citations and arresting anti-war protesters for sitting or lying on a sidewalk even w

September 18, 2018 First Amendment Rights Police Practices

Arison v. Fayette County

On June 26, 2018, the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project filed a class-action lawsuit challenging the cruel and inhumane living conditions for prisoners at the Fayette County Prison. The lawsuit alleges that the county-operated prison, built in 1889, is hazardous

June 26, 2018 Criminal Justice Reform Prisoners' Rights

Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

After the city of Philadelphia learned in March 2018 that two of its foster care providers would not license same-sex couples to be foster parents, the city ceased referring children to these agencies.

June 8, 2018 LGBQ&T Equality

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