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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
Baltimore police say they stopped residents 123,000 times last year but found only nine handguns - a figure civil rights advocates say is so implausible that it raises questions about whether the agency is actually monitoring the conduct of officers on the streets. "I think what's become apparent is that the department can make no credible assertion at this point about how they are using stop and frisk or what it accomplishes," said Sonia Kumar, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.
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By AMANDA J. CRAWFORD and AMANDA J. CRAWFORD,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2000
The city of Annapolis says the American Civil Liberties Union is misinterpreting its anti-loitering law and has called the group's lawsuit challenging the statute in federal court "meritless." In a response filed Friday, the city argues that the law is constitutional and that enforcement hinges on the intent of an individual to engage in a drug transaction, not on "innocent" activities. "The law makes it illegal to loiter in a drug zone for the purpose of selling or buying drugs," said City Attorney Paul G. Goetzke.
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March 2, 2011
In the past two days, readers of The Sun saw diametrically opposed views on education spending that show that, as a society, we still do not agree about the value of early education programs. Bebe Verdery of the ACLU decries cost cutting adjustments to the Thornton formula which, among other things, has funded the State's successful expansion of pre-K ("Proposed education cuts break a promise to Maryland's children," Feb. 27). David G. O'Neill writes that Head Start is a waste of money (Readers respond, Feb. 28)
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March 27, 2013
Judges and lawyers - including prosecutors - with whom I have talked all think that marijuana arrests and prosecutions are destructive, costly and ineffective. They agree with the ACLU of Maryland's Susan Goering that marijuana should be decriminalized ("Reform marijuana law," March 24). As a practicing physician, I strongly support that view not just for medical use but for all users. Arthur Milholland Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,Sun Staff Writer | September 15, 1994
A federal judge yesterday rejected a challenge against the Downtown Partnership in Baltimore, saying its "move-along" lTC policy does not violate the constitutional rights of panhandlers or the homeless.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued last year, saying the policy of police and Downtown Partnership security guards amounted to harassment. Baltimore and its Police Department settled the ACLU's claims with a promise to educate officers and allow the organization to monitor arrests.
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June 10, 2010
In our recent report, "Buildings for Academic Excellence," the ACLU of Maryland credits the state government, particularly in the last four years, for increasing funding for school construction. That is a significant trend that ought to continue. The ACLU is well aware of the need to upgrade school buildings in many counties across Maryland and has worked in state coalitions, and with leaders like Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, toward that end. The question is one of scale and local resources.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2000
The city of Annapolis says the American Civil Liberties Union is misinterpreting its anti-loitering law and has called the group's lawsuit challenging the statute in federal court "meritless." In a response to the suit filed Friday, the city argues that the law is constitutional and that enforcement hinges on the intent of an individual to engage in a drug transaction, not on "innocent" activities. "The law makes it illegal to loiter in a drug zone for the purpose of selling or buying drugs," said City Attorney Paul G. Goetzke.
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March 12, 2013
We can't tell the real Americans who love and defend our country from the liberals who hate America anymore ("Paul's victory," March 8). When Barack Obama became president liberals thought that he would close Guantanamo and stop drone strikes. President Obama apparently found that when you are in charge you have to view things differently. Now. Sen. Rand Paul, a defender of the American way of life, sounds like the ACLU. What is a common citizen to think? David Ingalls, Severna Park Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
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By WILEY A. HALL | April 4, 1995
"When I first came to work for the American Civil Liberties Union," Lea Gilmore is saying, "my friends would give me this really strange look and say things such as, 'Why would you want to work for them?'"The perception," continues Ms. Gilmore, "was that the ACLU is a white organization focused on white concerns and that if I wanted to work for social justice I should work for black social justice.""So how did you answer?" I say."Well, the real answer is that civil rights and civil liberties have no color," says Ms. Gilmore, speaking passionately now. "Social justice has no color.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 25, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Autopsy reports on 44 prisoners who died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan indicate that 21 were the victims of homicide, including eight who appear to have been fatally abused by their captors, the American Civil Liberties Union reported yesterday. Detainees were smothered, beaten or exposed to the elements, sometimes during interrogations. Many of these cases had been brought to light previously but now have been confirmed through autopsies; some of the deaths followed abusive interrogations by elite Navy SEALs, military intelligence and the CIA, the ACLU said.
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