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A.B. v. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

This case involves a constitutional challenge to the length of time individuals with mental disabilities spend in jail awaiting court-ordered competency evaluation and restoration services. Washington state law charges the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (“DSHS”) with overseeing competency evaluation and restoration services for adult individuals charged with crimes under state law, and state law sets a target deadline of seven days for DSHS to complete competency evaluation and restoration services for individuals in jails. Read More »
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The ACLU intervened in a lawsuit in which will protect the privacy of what customers read, view, and listen to via their purchases on Read More »

American Freedom Defense Initiative v. King County

The ACLU of Washington moved for leave to file a friend-of-the-court brief in the Western District of Washington case American Freedom Defense Initiatve (“AFDI”) v. King County arguing that the policy used by King County is unconstitutional because it grants too much discretion and allows King County to censor viewpoints that it does not agree with or that it finds troubling. Read More »

Bainbridge Island Police Guild v. Koenig

ACLU-WA filed an amicus brief asking the state Supreme Court to establish a test that properly balances the public’s right to know and an individual’s right to privacy when requesting public records. Read More »

Ballot Title Challenge to Initiative 963

A Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a challenge to misleading terms in the proposed ballot title for an initiative that would roll back state protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The challenge was brought by the ACLU and the Northwest Women’s Law Center and the Greater Seattle Business Association. Read More »

Ballot Title Challenge to Initiative 966

A Thurston County Superior Court judge ordered the removal of misleading and inaccurate language in the ballot title for Initiative 966, a measure seeking to restrict how individuals may prove eligibility for state and local public benefits. The order followed a challenge filed by the ACLU on behalf of the Children's Alliance. Read More »

Bellevue John Does 1-11 v. Bellevue School District

The ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case that involves whether public schools must release the names of teachers who have been accused of sexual misconduct when the allegations are not substantiated. The ACLU maintained that the schools should protect the identity of those teachers, and the Washington Supreme Court agreed with that position, overturning a ruling by the Court of Appeals. Read More »

Berger v. Seattle

ACLU-WA filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of a Seattle street performer. Michael James Berger (aka “Magic Mike") is a street magician who regularly performs magic tricks in Seattle Center. In 2002, Seattle Center enacted new rules that regulated (and essentially limited) the work that street performers could do. Read More »

Borders v. King County (Disenfranchisement of Ex-felons)

The ACLU submitted an amicus brief in a lawsuit by a candidate who claimed that illegal votes were cast in the 2005 state governor's election by persons previously convicted of a felony. The brief described the complex procedures individuals have to maneuver in order to get their right to vote restored. In May 2005, the Chelan Superior Court denied ACLU's motion to file brief. Read More »

Bradburn v. NCRLD (Internet Filtering at Libraries)

Three library users and a nonprofit organization brought suit to ensure that patrons of a library system in Eastern Washington have access to useful and lawful information on the Internet. The lawsuit challenges the library system’s rigid policy of using a very restrictive Internet filter to bar access to information on its computers and of refusing to honor requests by adult patrons to temporarily disable the filter for sessions of uncensored reading and research. Read More »