Legal Docket

This docket describes the numerous and varied civil liberties issues which the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is currently involved in (open cases) or has been involved in (closed cases). Use the drop down menus below to sort the cases by issue and case status (open/closed).

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  • ACLU-NJ v. Hendricks

    Challenge to New Jersey tax dollars used to support religious schools.
  • ACLU-NJ v. NJ County Prosecutors’ Association

    Challenge to CPANJ's records request denial
  • Adam X v. New Jersey Department of Corrections and Department of Education

    Challenge to DOC for failing to provide appropriate education to students with special education needs in violation of IDEA.
  • Arriaga Reyes, et al. v. Decker, et al.

    Habeas corpus petition seeking release from ICE custody on behalf of five individuals held at the Hudson County and Bergen County Jails based on their medical vulnerabilities to COVID-19.
  • Asbury Park Press v. Township of Neptune

    Amicus brief in support of public access to police internal affairs records.
  • Conroy & H.S. v. Lacey Township School District

    Students disciplined for non-disruptive off-campus speech.
  • Curto et al. v. A Country Place Condominium Association

    Fair Housing Act challenge to a condominium association's discriminatory policy of segregating the community's shared swimming pool by gender.
  • Delanoy v. Township of Ocean

    Amicus brief in support of pregnant police officer forced to leave the workplace early in violation of the New Jersey Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
  • FOP Newark Lodge 12 v. City of Newark

    Amicus briefs supporting the creation of and powers granted to the Newark Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB)
  • Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Morris County Freeholders

    Amicus brief in challenge to Morris County’s use of taxpayers’ money for church repairs, which violated the New Jersey State Constitution.
  • Holland et al. v. Rosen et al.

    Amicus brief, joined by the National ACLU and other civil rights group, in challenge to a federal lawsuit challenging bail reform.
  • Ocean County v. Grewal

    Amicus brief in support of the Attorney General’s power to implement the Immigrant Trust Directive
  • Pangemanan et al. v. Tsoukaris et al.

    The ACLU-NJ filed a federal class action lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order halting the deportations of Indonesian Christian residents of Central Jersey.
  • Salazar, et al. v. Tsoukaris, et al.

    Habeas corpus petition seeking release from ICE custody on behalf of two individuals held at the Essex County Correctional Facility based on their medical vulnerabilities to COVID-19.
  • Securus v. Murphy

    Amicus brief in support of a motion to dismiss a challenge brought by one phone vendor, Securus, to a state law that caps phone rates in correctional facilities and prohibits facility commissions from vendors.
  • Sonia Doe v. NJ Department of Corrections

    Challenge under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and New Jersey Constitution to the Department of Corrections' mistreatment of a woman because she is transgender, including housing her for over a year and a half in men’s prisons.
  • State v. Comer

    Challenge to the constitutionality of the use of de facto sentences of life without parole for juveniles.
  • State v. Damon Williams

    Amicus brief addressing whether a prosecutor’s use of a still photograph from the movie The Shining constituted prosecutorial misconduct requiring reversal of defendant’s conviction.
  • State v. Dangcil

    Amicus brief in a challenge to the new jury selection procedures set up as a result of COVID-19
  • State v. Edgar Torres

    Amicus brief that asks how courts must consider sentences of people who are already sentenced to long prison terms.
  • State v. Hawkins

    Amicus brief challenging probation revocations made by judges
  • State v. Hokum Brown

    Amicus brief arguing that defendants, who were sentenced for underlying sex offenses when failure to register under Megan’s Law was a fourth-degree offense, cannot subsequently be charged with third-degree failure to register under the 2007 amendment to Megan’s Law.
  • State v. Lodzinski

    Amicus brief addressing whether courts, in considering the sufficiency of the evidence, must look at evidence put forth by the defendant.
  • State v. Maisonet

    Amicus brief challenging the court’s decision to deny defendant’s request for an adjournment to hire counsel of choice, where the court did not consider the necessary factors in making the decision.
  • State v. Malique

    Defense of a person improperly arrested for filming police effectuating another arrest.
  • State v. Mark Melvin

    Amicus brief addressing whether a sentencing judge may consider a defendant’s conduct where the jury acquitted defendant of the underlying crime?
  • State v. Molchor, State v. Rios

    Amicus brief addressing whether under the Criminal Justice Reform Act, a defendant’s immigration status can form the basis for the court’s pretrial detention decision?
  • State v. Newsome

    Direct representation of activist arrested while leading a march on January 11, 2019.
  • State v. Olenowski

    Amicus brief addressing the scientific reliability of Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) testimony.
  • State v. Paden-Battle

    Amicus brief addressing whether a sentencing judge may consider a defendant’s conduct where the jury acquitted defendant of the underlying crime?
  • State v. Roman-Rosado

    Amicus brief addressing the abuse of low level traffic stops by police officers as tools to justify arbitrary and discriminatory invasions into the privacy rights of New Jerseyans.
  • State v. Romero

    Amicus brief addressing whether the practical availability of parole should be considered when evaluating whether a sentence is the functional equivalent of life without parole.
  • State v. Zakariyya Ahmad

    Amicus brief that addresses whether a defendant was in custody for the purposes of Miranda v. Arizona?
  • State v. Zarate

    Amicus brief addressing sentencing of 14 year old convicted of murder.
  • U.S. v. State of New Jersey et al.

    Amicus brief supporting the State of New Jersey’s motion to dismiss the United States’ lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s Immigrant Trust Directive.
  • Wragg, et al. v. Ortiz, et al.

    Federal habeas class action on behalf of people confined at FCI Fort Dix who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

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