PHILADELPHIA — A federal district court today ruled that the city of Philadelphia can require foster care agencies with city contracts to abide by its nondiscrimination policies. This ruling is the first time a federal court has said that government-contracted child welfare agencies do not have a right to exclude same-sex couples or others who don’t meet an agency’s religious test from fostering children.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – This morning, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala held a press conference to address the criminal homicide charge brought against East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld. Rosfeld fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr.
PITTSBURGH – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project filed a class-action lawsuit today challenging the cruel and inhumane living conditions for prisoners at the Fayette County Prison.
Harrisburg, PA – Seven years after it started, a long-awaited bipartisan report analyzing capital punishment in Pennsylvania was released today. The report highlights numerous systemic flaws in the administration of the death penalty, including the risk of executing an innocent person. In a statement responding to the report’s release, a broad array of advocates agreed that the report validated their concerns over how the death penalty operates in the commonwealth.
PHILADELPHIA - The School District of Philadelphia has expanded its existing policy prohibiting the out-of-school suspension of kindergarten students to include first and second graders, beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The School Reform Commission passed the policy at its voting meeting today. In a statement released after the vote, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania noted that the organization has advocated for this policy change for years.
EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Last night, East Pittsburgh police officers fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose, who allegedly fled a vehicle during a traffic stop. The officers reportedly believed the driver was involved in a separate shooting, and the two other young men fled the scene when law enforcement approached.
PHILADELPHIA - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion in federal court today to intervene in a pending lawsuit brought by Catholic Social Services (CSS) against the city of Philadelphia over its policy barring agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples. The ACLU represents the Support Center for Child Advocates, a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation and services to children in the foster care system, and Philadelphia Family Pride (PFP), a membership organization of LGBTQ parents and prospective parents.
PHILADELPHIA - Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected a challenge to the Boyertown Area School District’s practice regarding restroom and locker room access for transgender students. The decision - the second one this week from a federal court regarding transgender students - affirmed a lower-court decision. The ruling came after oral arguments, which were held earlier today.
HARRISBURG – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the law firm DLA Piper LLP (US) filed a legal complaint in federal district court to end the unlawful detention of Jose “Ivan” Noe Nuñez Martinez, requesting that the court either immediately order his release or conduct a bond hearing. Nuñez Martinez has been detained without a bond hearing since January 31, when he showed up for a mandatory interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
PHILADELPHIA – At the urging of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, U.S. Representative Ryan Costello of Chester County has agreed to unblock constituents from his official Facebook page, the civil liberties group announced in a statement today.