ACLU of Utah Foundation and Disability Law Center v. Davis County. On Thursday, March 25, Judge David Connors of Utah’s Second Judicial District Court ruled that Davis County must release to the ACLU of Utah and Disability Law Center the Utah Jail Standards—a set of standards that Davis County and other counties across the State have used to guide the operations of county jails. The ruling means that, despite their copyrighted status, the Utah Jail Standards are still records under the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act, and that the County had no valid basis for withholding the records.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah Foundation, Inc. (ACLU) and Holland & Hart, LLP filed a lawsuit on June 29 against the City of Murray and Jarom Mohlman Allred concerning the unlawful arrest and prosecution of a 59-year-old black woman accused of driving under the influence of an illegal substance on August 21, 2018.
On April 1, 2020, the ACLU of Utah, the Disability Law Center, and the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys filed a Petition for Extraordinary Relief with the Utah Supreme Court demanding that state correctional facilities increase the release of incarcerated individuals to avoid unnecessarily heightened risks of serious harm from the COVID-19 pandemic while also ensuring safety for our communities outside of correctional facilities.
ACLU of Utah Plaintiffs Granted Major Victory in Weber County Gang Injunction Case Federal Court’s Ruling Vindicates Plaintiffs’ Rights, Raises Serious Questions Regarding Weber County Officials’ Statements to Court In a recent ruling, the federal District Court for the District of Utah awarded a major victory to Leland McCubbin and Daniel Lucero in a case involving Weber County’s actions in obtaining and serving a so-called gang injunction on them.
On April 10, 2019, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU) and the ACLU of Utah Federation (ACLU of Utah) filed a lawsuit to stop H.B. 136 – the 18-week abortion ban passed by the Utah legislature and signed into law by Governor Herbert. After being stayed (i.e paused) for six months while the U.S. Supreme Court considered a semi-related abortion lawsuit, the legal challenge against Utah's 18-week abortion ban is now continuing.
On May 21, 2018, the ACLU of Utah Foundation (ACLU of Utah) and Disability Law Center (DLC) filed a lawsuit against Davis County to gain access to the standards for operating local and county jails.
On May 16, 2018 the ACLU of Utah filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dustin Porter and Steven Drollette (“Plaintiffs”) seeking damages and injunctive relief for a pattern of severe cruelty against them while they were incarcerated at the Daggett County Jail. In their complaints, the Plaintiffs describe being shocked with a Taser for guards’ entertainment, being attacked by police dogs, being physically assaulted, being threatened with a gun, and being denied medical and mental health care, among other instances of abuse.
Immigrants' Rights; Racial Justice; Equal Protection - On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the ACLU of Utah Foundation, Inc. announced a new lawsuit filed against United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S Marshals over two SWAT-style, home raids on a Utah family living in Heber City in April 2017. The ACLU of Utah is being joined in this lawsuit by the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, and Covington & Burling, LLP.
The ACLU of Utah, along with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU of Hawai’i, has filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demanding government documents related to the chaotic on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s executive orders related to foreign travel from multiple majority-Muslim nations.