ACLU of Maine

A federal appeals court in Boston took up the case of three Maine families who are challenging a long-standing state law prohibiting public tuition payments to religious schools.

PORTLAND, Maine - A lawyer for a 15-year-old high school student suspended for posting a rape awareness note on a bathroom mirror says it represents protected speech - and that punishing her would discourage victims from coming forward.

PORTLAND, Maine - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is expected to begin making the case that a school district in the state should not have suspended a student over activism about sexual assault.

Cape Elizabeth School District Suspends Girls For Bullying Over Rape-Awareness Note

Oct 16, 2019
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A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Now, she’s taking the school district to court.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is asking the federal court in Portland to block a three-day suspension of a Cape Elizabeth High School student for bullying.

Civil liberties advocates say they are concerned about the arrest of a man in Bangor by federal border agents last month.

The ACLU of Maine has filed suit against the town of Yarmouth over a new ordinance that prohibits teachers, volunteer firefighters and other town employees from campaigning for or serving on the Town Council.

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A federal judge has ruled that a Maine law prohibiting the use of publicly-funded tuition at religious schools is constitutional.

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Later this month, a Caribou man who has been diagnosed with an opioid use disorder will report to the Maine State Prison to serve a nine-month sentence.

Gov. LePage

A federal judge in Maine has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the practice of Gov. LePage to block constituents he disagrees with from his Facebook page.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed suit against the commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections and the acting Aroostook County Sheriff for denying medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to a prisoner with opioid use disorder.

The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of Zachary Smith of Caribou, who has been in recovery for more than five years.

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A coalition of patients, providers and advocates rallied in Augusta Tuesday to publicly release a letter to the Trump administration, opposing what they call a proposed 'gag rule' on the Title X program.

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Over the past several weeks, agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection have carried out random stops of people to question them about their citizenship, miles away from the nearest border.

On June 21, two Bangor Daily News reporters, recorded audio from a Maine checkpoint on I-95 and posted it on the paper's website.

The policy isn't new. It's based on rules put in place in 1952  that allow the agency to randomly stop people within 100 miles of any U.S. "external boundary."

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The U.S. Border Patrol is running daily citizenship checks on buses traveling from Fort Kent toward the state's interior and making periodic checks on buses originating in Bangor. Civil rights advocates say these checks may be in violation of protections outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

Daniel Heibert, chief patrol agent for the Houlton sector, says the agency has the authority to make such checks anywhere within 100 miles of the border, a standard which encompasses the entire state of Maine.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, along with five other New England ACLU affiliates, has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection over President Trump's Muslim travel bans.

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