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In the wake of a pair of landmark Supreme Court rulings on the future of DACA dreamers and upholding the constitutional protections for LGBTQ persons, ACLU of Idaho recognizes there's little time to celebrate.

As shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders get extended further into the year, some local governments across the Mountain West are threatening jail to enforce those orders. But groups like the American Civil Liberties Union say that's the wrong approach.

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Last week, District Judge Lynn Norton ruled the Idaho Department of Corrections withheld information regarding execution drugs, including purchase receipts and drug sources. Idaho Matters speaks with Aliza Cover, the University of Idaho law professor who requested the records and Molly Kafka, the ACLU attorney who represented her.

On The Friday, December 14, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Dec 13, 2018

  • Our team of regional reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • ACLU's National Political Director takes the fight to the streets.
  • Gino Sky really loves his mother's fruitcake.

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The Trump Administration announced it would pursue drastic changes to the way the government acknowledges sexuality and gender in America, specifically addressing the rights of transgender people in America. Idaho Matters speaks with representatives of the Treasure Valley's transgender community and the Idaho ACLU about these policy proposals.

  • Trump proposes changes to gender definitions.
  • Idaho Matters looks at veteran's issues.
  • Efforts to streamline the adoption process.

Idaho Court Makes Ruling On Execution Documents

May 23, 2018
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An Idaho state judge ruled the state's Department of Corrections must release information regarding the drugs used in executions from 2011 and 2012.

Two Native Americans were pulled out of a college tour this week when a parent told campus police the young men were making her nervous.

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Last week was the deadline for so-called “Dreamers” to renew their immigration status with the federal government. Early reports show that as many as 36,000 young people did not renew their status.

A Boise man who was once a plaintiff in a high-profile anti-panhandling lawsuit has registered as a Republican candidate for Idaho governor.

Troy Minton joins an increasingly crowded race. With Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter saying he will not seek a fourth term in 2018, the race already has three competitive GOP candidates: Lt. Gov. Brad Little, former state Sen. Russ Fulcher and Boise businessman Tommy Alhquist.

No candidate has yet to file as a Democrat for governor.

Middleton School District

Between 2006 and 2015, Middleton Heights Elementary placed girls and boys in separate classrooms, based on an education theory that the sexes learn differently.

But according to the American Civil Liberties Union, this was a violation of Title IX, and the Department of Education recently agreed.

“Well the issue is definitely not new," says Leo Morales from the ACLU of Idaho, "and it’s an issue that the ACLU across the country has been looking at for years.”

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Idaho State Police will no longer enforce a liquor law that regulates live performances in venues that serve alcohol.

That’s according to the ACLU of Idaho, after it sued the state agency this month on behalf of a group of artists and a Treasure Valley venue owner. The law focuses on performances of a sexual nature, but plaintiffs argued it amounts to censorship and is unconstitutional.

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The ACLU of Idaho filed suit against the state police on behalf of a group of artists and a venue owner, challenging a statute the organization says censors artistic expression.

Authorities say an Idaho jail is no longer required to have federal oversight now that conditions have been improved.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the Canyon County jail has been under federal court oversight since the American Civil Liberties Union sued over what it called "indecent, cruel and inhumane" conditions there seven years ago.

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A forum in Boise will focus on reform in the Idaho and federal criminal justice systems.

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Update 5:30 p.m.: According to Boise Police Sgt. John Terry, there have been no arrests at Cooper Court. Police have been going tent-to-tent and the homeless people camping there are gone. Terry says there was some verbal resistance at first, but after explaining the options, people left without quarrel. 

Original post: On Friday, the City of Boise began taking new action on the homeless encampment known as Cooper Court. 

What Life Is Like For An Idaho Public Defender

Jun 18, 2015
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The ACLU of Idaho is suing the state over its public defense system. Public defenders represent people accused of crimes who can’t afford a lawyer, a principle enshrined in the constitution.

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  The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Idaho over its patchwork public defense system.

The civil rights group contends that state officials have known for at least five years that high case loads, low budgets and a system that changes from county to county means that low-income defendants aren't being fairly represented in court.

The ACLU has brought similar lawsuits in several other states, reaching settlements in Washington, New York and elsewhere.

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The ACLU of Idaho is warning school districts against graduation dress codes. The ACLU says many Idaho high schools have rules requiring girls to wear dresses or skirts and boys to wear pants to graduation ceremonies. The organization says when schools mandate gender specific clothes, they violate federal laws as well as students’ constitutional rights.

ACLU of Idaho acting director Leo Morales says a letter his organization has sent to all Idaho districts is meant to help schools avoid last minute problems as they prepare for end of year activities.

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Last year's events in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City showed just how poor the relationship can be between police and the communities they serve.

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