Other Battles for Civil Liberties

The ACLU carries out a mission to strengthen civil liberties and civil rights – rights that can be threatened from manifold sources, new and old.

Legal Cases

  • DeGise v. Torres
    A case defending protesters against unconstitutional speech and protest restraints placed on them for demonstrating outside a county executive’s residence against the county’s contract to detain people on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • State v. Andujar
    In this novel case, the ACLU-NJ argued that the State’s unlawful and racial use of its law enforcement power against a qualified Black potential juror, F.G., by running a criminal background check on him and later having him arrested from the courthouse on a municipal warrant as a replacement for having to show cause for dismissal or using preemptory challenges resulted in an unfair trial. The State’s abuse of its law enforcement power deprived a criminal defendant of equal protection and his right to trial by an impartial jury, and a New Jerseyan of his right to serve as a juror.
  • Juan R. v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
    Challenge to mass transfers of individuals in ICE custody with existing attorney-client relationships to distant detention facilities
  • Harris v. Newark
    The ACLU-NJ joined this case as amicus on the sole issue of whether a denial of qualified immunity to defendant law enforcement as part of a summary judgment motion is appealable on an interlocutory basis in New Jersey state court.
  • Bland & Bland v. Del Mauro, Et Al.
    An appeal seeking to review and reverse an award of qualified immunity to defendant police officers on a summary judgment motion, in an action brought by the plaintiff under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, where the facts of the police shooting are in dispute.
  • State v. J.L.G.
    Amicus brief challenge to the use of the scientific reliability of so-called Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome
  • N.J. Division of Child Protection v. J.J.
    Amicus brief in support of the right to self-representation in termination of parental rights cases.
  • Kneisser v. McInerney
    Challenge to a man put in jail for not paying a fine for littering same day as court date.
  • In re N.J.A.C. 6A:8
    Challenge to discriminatory regulations requiring certain scores on PARCC standardized tests to receive diploma.
  • Adam X v. NJ Departments of Corrections and Education
    Challenge to the NJDOC and NJDOE’s failure to provide, and monitor the provision of, appropriate special education and related services to young people with disabilities in adult prisons in violation of federal law

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