In 2007, Miami New Times first documented the unintended side effect of Miami-Dade County's strict laws about where convicted sex offenders can live: Namely, that dozens of men were forced by law to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in squalid conditions. The men were eventually moved out amid na ... More >>
The ACLU of Florida has filed a new motion in federal court demanding that Florida immediately recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states or countries. ACLU spokesman Baylor Johnson tells the Herald that the group is asking U.S. District Judge Robert Hickle " to stop enforce ... More >>
How would you feel about police having secret technology that lets them track your exact movements via your cell phone without even having to get a warrant first? Well, it's not a paranoid, PRISM-fueled conspiracy theory. It's happening every day in the Sunshine State, where police agencies are usin ... More >>
Following a lawsuit filed in January by six gay couples hoping to strike down Florida's gay marriage ban, a new lawsuit has been filed by eight other couples seeking to have Florida recognize gay marriages performed in other states. Though the first lawsuit named Miami-Dade Clerk of Court Harvey R ... More >>
Thanks to a little-known device manufactured by a tech company in Melbourne, police departments across Florida have tracked thousands of cell phones -- often without bothering to get a warrant first. In at least one case, the cops purposely kept the device secret in court because the company asked t ... More >>
Following the lead of successful lawsuits in Utah and Oklahoma in recent months, six same-sex couples in Florida plan to sue the state in order to overturn ban on same-sex marriage. Back in 2008, Florida voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment that banned not only gay marriage but any ... More >>
An agreement reached Wednesday takes some rights away from Miami's homeless population and sets a two-year moratorium during which the city won't be able to modify a landmark 1998 federal consent decree, attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced late Thursday. Sex offenders ... More >>
Kevin Henderson had a rude awakening early the morning of July 2, as if sleeping on the sidewalk adjacent to the Highland Professional Building on NW 18th Street wasn't bad enough. The building is a frequent bed-down spot for the homeless because of its wide overhang, which protects them from the ra ... More >>
As part of Florida's efforts to crack down on pill mills, the state initiated an online database in 2009 that tracked the store prescribing and dispensing data for controlled substances. Well, according to the ACLU, the private medical data of more than 3,000 Floridians has now leaked from that da ... More >>
Miami has a serious pot problem. According to a study released yesterday by the ACLU, Miami-Dade is one of the most aggressive and racially biased counties in the country when it comes to marijuana arrests. Not only did Miami have the ninth most marijuana arrests of any American city in 2010, but ... More >>
America has turned against black and Hispanic voters.As I show in my column this week, 41 states have recently pushed forward with voting restrictions that will primarily effect minorities. Mostly Republican legislators, who flooded into office after the 2010 election, have shortened registration pe ... More >>
After only three nights occupying part of Miami, a committed group of activists managed to throw together quite the successful concert in under 24 hours. In order to keep the movement's momentum up in this truly offensive weather, organizers set up a covered stage outside Stephen P. Clark Govern ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed suit yesterday to end the state's new controversial requirement that all people seeking help from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program undergo a drug test. The law was passed earlier this year at the behest of Gov.Rick Scott, but ... More >>
Two Miami Beach cops accused of assaulting a gay tourist in Flamingo Park are getting pink slips -- even though prosecutors declined to file charges against them. Officers Elliut Hazzi and Frankly Forte are set to be fired, Commissioner Michael Gongora announced on his Twitter feed this afternoon ... More >>
Rich AbdillA protestor holding one of the many signs against Urban Beach Weekend.About 200 residents gathered in front of Miami Beach City Hall Friday night to demand an end to the city's Urban Beach Weekend, which this year saw 431 arrests and two police shootings that left one man dead and four ... More >>
Miami Beach is largely helpless to stop Memorial Day partiers from coming to town for Urban Beach Weekend, which saw seven injured and one killed in police-related shootings this year, city Mayor Matti Herrera Bower said Tuesday afternoon. According to police, more than 400 were arrested."There is n ... More >>
Police Chief Carlos NoriegaThe American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has moved forward on their lawsuit against the city of Miami Beach by officially filing the suit in federal court today. The complaint stems from a 2009 incident in which Harold Strickland, an openly gay former resident of t ... More >>
Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega met with gay leaders earlier this afternoon at city hall, promising changes one week after the ACLU announced a suit charging that Beach cops regularly harass gay men in Flamingo Park. Noriega stressed that the two officers at the center of the ACLU sui ... More >>
A Man was shot at MIA lounge last night multiple times, while the shooter sped off in a black Mercedes. [JustNews]The ACLU claims two Miami Beach cops harassed and falsely arrested a gay tourist after he saw the men beating another suspect in handcuffs. [Herald]A man in Stuart died after being attac ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union has jumped into the ongoing Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones saga on behalf of five voters in her district. Just days after being re-elected in November, Spence-Jones turned herself in on charges of grand theft after accusations she stole money from t ... More >>
Miami Police Chief John Timoney screwed up, and we taxpayers are just gonna keep paying and paying.Back in November 2003, the City of Miami shut down some protests against a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting being held here. The cops beat some protesters and illegally jailed others. Jus ... More >>
The former partners at a major Miami architecture firm are accusing one founder of fraud. [Herald]Wingnuts everywhere rejoice. Miami's ACLU affiliate was forced to cut 20 percent of its staff. [Herald]Authorities rounded up 117 illegal immigrants. Only 30 had previous criminal records. [NBC6]How col ... More >>
After a conflict with Miami Police, the sex offenders who have been sent by the state to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway are getting some help from the American Civil Liberties Union. Yesterday the Florida branch of the ACLU delivered a letter to Miami Chief of Police John Timoney asking the ... More >>
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Don't mess with Max! Activist Max Rameau is having a tough time getting a County-issued protest permit to erect his tent city in front of the county building at 111 N.W. First St. next Wednesday, and he's gotten the ACLU involved. As we reported earlier this week, Rameau and other activists ... More >>
How did county police officials respond to a damaging report on racial profiling? They didn't
Florida's ban on gays as adoptive foster parents is medieval
More debate about "Strings Attached"
Last week's cover illustration? Disgusting!
Orthodox Jews in Miami Beach consider it a harmless symbol, but others believe it violates the U.S. Constitution
After a legendary career as president of the Miami ACLU, John de Leon is heading even further south
With just a teeny-weeny bit of help from Key Biscayne police detectives
The Latin Grammys got the headlines, but brave and bruised theater director Alberto Sarraín got the honors
Attorney Victor Diaz chats up the ACLU's Howard Simon
A New Times guide to busting the county's Cuba law
What's a day in Miami without a bizarre twist?
Eleven years after the ACLU sued the City of Miami for harassing homeless citizens, the plaintiffs will get their cash
The City of Miami's court-approved plan to deal with the homeless is one part tough love, two parts blind hope
The Cuban American National Foundation sues its enemies again, but this time they're fighting back
The Weed and Seed program is supposed to clean up inner-city neighborhoods. Fat chance.
The ACLU claims Dade County is using a temporary employment law to keep Hispanic day laborers off the job and in jail
The homeless story that won't go away still won't go away
When Cable-TAP told them to cover their asses, the Alliance Film and Video Project called the ACLU in instead
Bill Clinton wants the military to stop discriminating against gays. Florida's top academic officers apparently couldn't care less.
A new crop of Miami Beach commissioners might finally lay to rest the Huber Drug Letter controversy