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May 27, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Urges Supreme Court of Virginia to Adopt Proposed Rules that Will End Virginia’s System of Trial by Ambush

PRESS RELEASE: In public comments filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia urged the Supreme Court of Virginia to adopt the recommendations of the Special Committee on Criminal Discovery Rules. If adopted by the Supreme Court, the new rules would – for the first time – require prosecutors to allow defense attorneys access to basic information about their client’s case, including police reports and witness statements, before trial. read more »

May 26, 2015

Change Criminal Discovery Rules to End Trial by Ambush in the Commonwealth

BLOG: Imagine for a moment that you are charged with a crime. Perhaps you did it, perhaps you didn’t. Assuming you aren’t locked up in jail, you are likely talking to a criminal defense lawyer. You want to know what the police think you did wrong. Undoubtedly, one of your first questions will be, “What does the police report say?” read more »

May 19, 2015

The Good and the Bad of the 2015 General Assembly Session

BLOG: It’s a wrap. After four months of advocacy before the General Assembly and Governor’s office, we can finally report how Virginians’ rights fared during the 2015 General Assembly Session. We had some major victories, but also some disappointing losses. read more »

May 08, 2015

Women’s Access to Affordable Health Care is at Stake in Manassas

BLOG: On April 27 the Manassas City Council moved one step closer to changing the City’s zoning law in a way that makes it unnecessarily burdensome for women’s health centers that provide abortion services to locate or move within Manassas. read more »

May 07, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Praises Fairfax County School Board Vote to Make its Schools Discrimination Free Zones

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today praised the Fairfax County School Board’s vote to pass Policy 1450.6 that will add “gender identity” to the categories of prohibited discrimination. This decision comes after the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to the Fairfax County School Board urging this policy update. read more »

May 07, 2015

Welcome Samantha Artison to our team!

BLOG: We are excited to welcome our new Paralegal, Samantha Artison. We look forward to the talent, resources and skills she brings to our legal team and office. read more »

May 05, 2015

We’re Back in Court to Protect Virginians’ Privacy

BLOG: Using the Freedom of Information Act, Fairfax resident Harrison Neal discovered that the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) had used license plate readers (LPRs) to document the movements of his vehicle as he traveled throughout his community. What crime did they suspect him of committing? Not one. read more »

May 05, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Files Lawsuit against Fairfax Police for Collection, Storage of Personal Information

PRESS RELEASE: Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia filed a lawsuit in Fairfax County Circuit Court against the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) for unlawfully storing massive amounts of license plate data collected using automatic license plate readers (ALPRs). read more »

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