What began as routine inconvenience would end with border agents seemingly misrepresenting the law.
The lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit against warrantless searches of cellphones and other electronics were stopped while crossing from Quebec into Vermont in July.
“Vermont’s decriminalization statute explicitly states that it leaves unchanged marijuana’s ability to furnish probable cause” for a search, the judge wrote. The driver was never charged.
News Release — ACLU of Vermont May 11, 2017 CONTACT: James Lyall [email protected] 802-223-6304 x 115. MONTPELIER, VT—The ACLU of Vermont has issued the following statement following the passage of S.22, the first-ever marijuana legalization bill to be passed by a state legislature: ACLU of Vermont staff attorney Jay Diaz: “The ACLU of Vermont applauds […]
As ICE agents increasingly seek to arrest Mexican migrant workers, too often they – and their Vermont farm-owner employers, and we, their neighbors – do not understand their legal rights or know how to help.
Authorities say the arrest of several members of Migrant Justice was not politically motivated, while activists disagree.
A recent study by the ACLU documents that elderly prisoners are the least dangerous group of people behind bars, but the most expensive to incarcerate.
Vermont State Police say that Beshaw advanced on Palmier while holding his right hand behind his back, prompting Palmier to fire seven shots. Beshaw was hit six times in the torso and head, and grazed by the seventh bullet. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
ACLU alleges Burlington police and Code Enforcement Department pressured landlord to evict Church Street resident for calling police too frequently.
The case is poised to go to the Vermont Supreme Court.
The ACLU of Vermont has received a significant number of complaints about law enforcement actions at the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering in Mount Tabor.
In light of a deadly raid in Burlington last month, the ACLU says Vermont should consider policy changes to limit the use of militarized police tactics.
In October, a district court in Massachusetts struck down a panhandling law in Lowell saying that it violated the First Amendment. A similar law in Grand Junction, Colorado, was overturned by a court, which wrote that the laws “prohibit protected speech that poses no threat to public safety.”
A federal court has ruled that a Vermont school district violated the rights of Marcel Cyr by barring him from school property. District officials believed he posed a threat, but refused to disclose the basis for that belief. Cyr’s advocates call the decision “a great ruling for free speech.”