Author Archives: Rebecca Girten

ACLU Files Complaint Regarding Red Clay Tax Referendum

Update: Post-trial briefing is underway.

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A Perfect Storm of Bad Policing

Militarization, Force & Interactions with Disabled Persons In September, we filed suit on behalf of a Delaware couple subjected to the unlawful and excessive use of force by the Delaware State Police as the result of a perfect storm of bad policing. Our clients are a quadriplegic, Lisa Hayes, who failed to stand up when […]

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2016 Legislative Overview

We’ve got your crib notes for the upcoming legislative session!

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A Teacher’s Take on Restorative Justice

Completely Outside Expectations How a Reluctant Teacher Came to Love Restorative Justice Guest post by Jackie Kook My first thought after completing training in restorative practices was, “How on EARTH am I going to get 15 lab tables in a circle so these kids can sit and talk about their feelings?” Despite numerous success stories […]

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To Torture or to Treat?

The Realities of Solitary Confinement In early August, ACLU-DE, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI), and Pepper Hamilton LLP filed a suit claiming that Delaware Department of Corrections’ treatment of over 100 inmates with mental illness held in solitary confinement violates both the U.S. and Delaware constitutions. CLASI executive director Dan Atkins recently chatted with […]

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ACLU-DE Has Moved!

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Standing for Homeless Students’ Rights

We recently filed suit against Red Clay Consolidated School District on behalf of three middle school students who are experiencing homelessness. The siblings were displaced from their home because their mother had to take medical leave from her job and was unable to afford housing. The children are temporarily staying in shared housing . They expect […]

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ACLU Sues DE State Police for Excessive Force, Gross Negligence

The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware has filed a lawsuit against the Delaware State Police (DSP) regarding the excessive use of force against innocent bystanders during the execution of a search warrant. DSP officers deployed the state’s Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.)—a team created to counter domestic terrorism—to search the house of an 82-year-old […]

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The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

The ACLU of Delaware recently filed a friend of the court brief addressing the application of the Fourth Amendment in the context of computer searches. In the case in question, warrants were issued authorizing seizure of “any and all data… on any items seized,” despite state-submitted affidavits specifying that the state was searching for “evidence […]

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Information About Delaware’s Driving Privilege Card (DPC)

Beginning January 2016, the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will process applications for Driver Privilege Cards (DPC). The Delaware DPC is a valid driver license that is issued for driving purposes only and is not to be used as a valid form of identification. The DPC will be available to undocumented Delaware residents who do […]

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