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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 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
June 2, 2011
For nearly as long as there has been motorized travel, there have been shutterbugs taking pictures of trains, planes, automobiles and the like. And surely no form of transportation is more romanticized — or attracts a more dedicated fan base — than rail travel. So how is it that twice this year tourists taking pictures of light rail have been detained and hassled by Maryland Transit Administration police for the purported crime of photography? Worse yet, in both instances the victims were repeatedly told that it was illegal to take pictures of light rail trains while standing on public property.
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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.
NEWS
November 23, 2010
Based on Dan Rodricks' column ( "Farley Grant still hoping governor's heart can be turned," Nov. 23), I think The Sun should publish a front page editorial demanding that Gov. Martin O'Malley publicly state his reasons for not paroling or pardoning Mark Farley Grant, a man who apparently has spent 27 years of his life in prison for a crime he didn't commit. I also think other Sun columnists should join in this demand, as well as the ACLU and the NAACP. Since Governor O'Malley apparently has the authority to grant or deny Mr. Grant his freedom, he also has the responsibility to publicly state why he has not used that authority to free Mr. Grant.
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