Legal Cases

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Wrongful Nuisance Abatement Actions in Hyattsville

Prince George's County State's Attorney wrongfully forced two women to sign “nuisance abatement” orders banishing their family members from their own homes and the neighborhood in which they had grown up. The ACLU is urging the prosecutor to dissolve the orders and call off longstanding harassment by police claiming to enforce the orders so the families can be reunited without fear that they will be arrested or that they could lose the homes they own.

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process Criminal Justice

Free Speech on the Boardwalk

ACLU defends right of violinist to perform on the Ocean City Boardwalk

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Montgomery County Pledge of Allegiance Harassment

ACLU of Maryland defends Montgomery County student harassed for not standing for Pledge. Repeated violations demand systemic reform in County.

Issues: Free Speech Youth Rights

Private Prosecution Programs

ACLU Questions State’s Attorneys About Authorizing Private Companies to Threaten Prosecution For Profit

Issues: Due Process Criminal Justice

Ending the federal 287(g) program in MD

ACLU calls on congressional leaders to ask DHS to end 287(g) program in Frederick County

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Racial Justice Police Practices

Maryland DNA collection of arrestees

ACLU raises privacy, Fourth Amendment concerns about DNA collection without a warrant upon arrest

Issues: Privacy & Technology Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process

Chestertown blocks free speech in Town park

ACLU asks Town to immediately halt enforcement of unconstitutional ordinance

Issues: Free Speech

Automatic License Plate Readers

ACLU Seeks Details on Automatic License Plate Readers in 
 Massive Nationwide Request

Issues: Privacy & Technology Safe and Free Police Practices Open Government Due Process

Illegal Arrests Lawsuit Against Baltimore Police Department

ACLU works to ensure that reforms are fully implemented in the Baltimore City Police Department

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Criminal Justice

Redistricting: Ensuring Election Fairness

ACLU is dedicated to realizing the promise of the Voting Rights Act for all Marylanders

Issues: Racial Justice Voting Rights and Elections

Anne Arundel County Executive Leopold's "Enemies List"

ACLU files public information requests, demands full investigation after County Executive is indicted.

Issues: Free Speech Police Practices Open Government

Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education

Issues: Education Reform Education Funding Student Achievement

Amicus brief in support of "No Representation Without Population Act"

The ACLU of Maryland and a coalition of local and national civil rights groups file an amicus brief to defend the "No Representation Without Population Act," Maryland’s first-in-the-nation voting rights law requiring the state to count incarcerated persons at their home addresses.

Issues: Racial Justice Voting Rights and Elections

LGBT censorship of Bel Air High School play

The ACLU of Maryland urged Harford County Public School officials to allow a play to be staged as written and not censor a scene that features an LGBT storyline.

Issues: Free Speech LGBT Rights Youth Rights

LGBT web filtering in Montgomery County

The ACLU of Maryland advocated that the iBoss web filtering software being used by Montgomery County government unblock a filter falsely labeling LGBT websites as pornography.

Issues: Free Speech LGBT Rights Privacy & Technology

Homeless women denied overflow shelter beds

The ACLU of Maryland and the Homeless Persons Representation Project ask Baltimore City Mayor to intervene as homeless women are denied overflow shelter space only being offered to men.

Issues: Women's Rights

Mardela Springs' property ownership requirement for local office

The ACLU of Maryland demanded that officials in the small town of Mardela Springs immediately rescind an unconstitutional property ownership requirement for candidates for local office.

Issues: Racial Justice Voting Rights and Elections

Sharp v. BCPD

Concerned that the Baltimore City Police Department routinely violates the First Amendment by threatening citizens who try to photograph or record police encounters, the ACLU of Maryland filed a lawsuit against BPD on behalf of Christopher Sharp.

Issues: Free Speech Privacy & Technology Police Practices

Unconstitutional Hurlock voter ID proposal

The ACLU of Maryland and the Dorchester County NAACP oppose proposed voter identification law in the town of Hurlock.

Issues: Racial Justice Voting Rights and Elections

Dashiell v MSP: ACLU seeks public information about police racial slur complaint

Appeals Court earlier ruled that MSP should produce investigatory records concerning racial profiling complaints

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Open Government