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A Fresno County Superior Court judge is allowing a lawsuit against the county public defender's office to move forward. The ACLU claims the office is underfunded and that violates the rights of defendants to due process and a speedy trial. The ACLU’s Novella Coleman says budget cuts mean attorneys in the office are struggling with massive workloads. Coleman: “For one person to represent anywhere between 1,400 to 2,000 people each year you just run into a practical time limitation where you...

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A coalition including the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality California have joined together in an effort to change certain state laws they say criminalize people living with HIV. At a forum held in Fresno last week, a dozen activist and medical professionals talked about a number of goals including reducing the penalty for intentionally spreading HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor. “We believe the punishment is not proportionate to the crime,” says Craig Pulsipher, with the AIDS...

An agreement has been reached between the Clovis Unified School District and a Native American student who wanted to wear an eagle feather at his graduation this week. Clovis High senior Christian Titman, a member of the Pit River Tribe, says he wanted to wear the feather on his graduation cap in honor of his heritage and religion . But after several requests, the school district banned him from doing so, saying it violated the district's graduation dress code. The ACLU filed a lawsuit...

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In a recent court decision that some are calling historic, a Fresno County judge ruled that Clovis Unified School District’s abstinence-only sex education classes violated the state law. Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black found that the district’s abstinence- only curriculum failed to provide students with information that’s complete, medically accurate and free of bias. Phyllida Burlingame with the ACLU says the ruling is a huge victory , and not just for students in Clovis. ...

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The American Civil Liberties Union says that in the past year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested people at Kern County courthouses, while they were paying fines for tickets, obtaining marriage licenses, and appearing for court hearings. In a letter sent yesterday, the ACLU asked ICE to investigate and halt this practice in Bakersfield. “Our concern is that this seems to be a real practice, a campaign by ICE there, to use the courthouse as a regular location for doing...

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Dinuba Unified School District have settled a lawsuit over a controversial education program for English language learners. The suit alleged that the district’s Second Language Acquisition Development Instruction program led to some first and second-grade students falling behind their peers. The program emphasized grammar, spelling and sentence structure. Critics said the program didn’t expose students to literature and vocabulary. As part of the...