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A judge in Manchester says the city's plan to install surveillance cameras could violate the state's current privacy laws, but the Manchester Police Department is moving forward with the plan anyway.  

 

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Local leaders in Newington are coming under fire after town employees removed Pride month signs from some residents' lawns last month.

Town administrator Martha Roy says the small Seacoast town has long enforced a local ordinance restricting certain signs advertising special events.

The ACLU is accusing the federal government of denying undocumented immigrants due process rights while they’re detained, in violation of constitutional protections.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire is suing the city of Manchester over its plan to install surveillance cameras downtown, alleging they would violate state privacy laws.

The New Hampshire Medical Society and ACLU say the state should continue to fight a federal law enforcement request for access to the state’s prescription drug database.

The dispute stems from a subpoena issued last June by the DEA to New Hampshire’s prescription drug monitoring program, which tracks doctor and patient prescriptions for certain controlled substances.

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The debate over immigration policy and migrants showing up at the southern border can feel far away, but these stories are also playing out much closer to home in New Hampshire. On Monday, a 28-year old Somali man was released from the Strafford County Jail in Dover after more than two-and-a-half years in detention.

The ACLU of New Hampshire is suing the U.S. government on behalf of a man they say has been in immigration detention for more than two years.

 

Mahamed Ahmed-Cali, a Somali native, was detained at a California port of entry in 2016 after requesting asylum.

 

Since then, immigration officials have transferred him to several states, including Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and, most recently, New Hampshire at the Strafford County Department of Corrections.

 

A list containing the names of approximately 250 New Hampshire law enforcement officers who may have credibility issues must be made public, according to an order issued by a Superior Court judge.

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Robert Frese’s police file is as thick as the Bible, but it contains a very different collection of stories.

Take the time he hit a traffic flagger and drove off.

It was August 2017, and Frese, unhappy with a road closure in Portsmouth, bumped his car into Fred Chase before fleeing the scene.

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The ACLU started out defending conscientious objectors during World War I. It would go on to be involved in many landmark cases. That includes battling the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and fighting segregation in Brown v. Board of Education.

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A Littleton resident who served in the U.S. Army for two years says he is being denied citizenship after it was promised to him.

 

After studying in America and receiving a dental degree, Indian national Hiren Korat was recruited by the U.S. military.

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Victor Gonzalez-Triana of Barrington, N.H., was released from custody Tuesday, after he was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

 

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Attorneys for a man who was recently granted permanent resident status in the country say he's being held by ICE unlawfully.

 

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The New Hampshire Hospital Association has moved to intervene in a lawsuit against the state brought by the ACLU-NH.

The lawsuit addresses the current practice of emergency room boarding, where patients who are involuntarily committed for acute psychiatric treatment are sometimes held for weeks in emergency rooms without a probable cause hearing.

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The ACLU of New Hampshire and the Union Leader Corporation have filed a right-to-know lawsuit against the town of Salem.

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A Congolese man detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dover was released Thursday after spending a month in jail.

Bienfait says he left the Democratic Republic of Congo to seek asylum in Canada, after his son was kidnapped and his family received multiple threats from local militia. NHPR is only using his first name because he fears retaliation in his country of origin.

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The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against New Hampshire's attorney general, claiming the state's criminal defamation statute is unconstitutional.

The suit takes up the case of Robert Frese of Exeter who was arrested after he posted an online comment referring to a law enforcement officer as a quote "dirty cop."

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 16, 2018

Nov 16, 2018

We discuss leadership changes at the New Hampshire House, after Democrats gain control of both chambers in the midterm elections. The New Hampshire ACLU is filing a federal lawsuit against the Northwood Police Department for what they say was an illegal immigration stop based on racial profiling.  Another ACLU lawsuit contends that mental health patients in New Hampshire are routinely denied their constitutional rights by being detained in emergency rooms without a hearing. And a judge has ruled that New Hampshire authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of two women can examine recordings made by an Amazon Echo speaker with the Alexa voice assistant.

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State officials say they are working to address the issues behind a recent lawsuit filed by the New Hampshire ACLU.

The federal suit alleges that mental health patients in New Hampshire are routinely denied their constitutional rights by being detained in emergency rooms without a hearing, what is called ER boarding.

The New Hampshire ACLU is filing a federal lawsuit against the Northwood Police Department for what they say was an illegal immigration stop based on racial profiling. 

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The New Hampshire ACLU has filed a federal class action lawsuit against the state of New Hampshire over a practice called emergency room boarding.

The anonymous 26 year-old plaintiff in the ACLU’s suit was admitted to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua last week following an attempted suicide. (Update: Jeffrey Meyers, commissioner of Health and Human Services, responds to the complaint's allegations.)

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Palana Belken knows from firsthand experience that trying to navigate the voter registration process can sometimes be daunting if you identify as transgender.

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Students from across the state convened at Manchester Community College over the weekend for the state's first Youth Forum on Race and Racism.

The gathering, organized by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, was meant to help students develop plans for addressing issues of race and racism at their schools.

Lawyers for a group of newspapers and the ACLU of New Hampshire were in Superior Court on Thursday calling for the release of a secret list of police officers who may have credibility issues. The N.H Attorney General’s office is fighting the release of the so-called “Laurie List,” saying it would violate current state law.

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The ACLU is filing a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement alleging unlawful detention of a Somali national.

 

In the suit, attorneys say Portland, Maine resident Abdigani Faisal Hussein has been held for more than six months at a Dover jail, which contracts with ICE to house immigration detainees.   

 

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The ACLU of New Hampshire filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Exeter Police Department.

The suit alleges that officers arrested a man based on his suspected immigration status.  

Bashar Awawdeh is a Jordanian immigrant who married an American woman earlier this year. The case claims that Awawdeh, who speaks English and Arabic, helped officers translate statements of a convenience store co-worker who was suspected of simple assault.

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Indigent defendants who fail to pay fees assessed for their public defender cannot be jailed without adequate due process, including representation by an attorney. That’s according to an unanimous ruling released on Tuesday by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire in a case involving an indigent defendant who failed to repay approximately $450 owed to the state.

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State officials are not challenging a federal judge's decision to strike down New Hampshire's "signature mismatch" procedures. Instead, they have instructed pollworkers not to compare a voter's handwriting on their absentee ballot with the handwriting used on their absentee ballot application.

In the past few years the American Civil Liberties Union has been at the forefront in the fight to protect the rights of immigrant detainees.

Now the ACLU is expanding its Immigrants' Rights Project in New Hampshire, which the organization says is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combatting public and private discrimination against them. For this effort, the New Hampshire ACLU has hired its first immigration legal fellow.

SangYeob Kim spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello about his new position.

The ACLU released a statement on its social media accounts calling for bus transit company Concord Coach Lines to cease what it says is complicity with immigration officials.

The civil liberties group also posted video allegedly showing travelers encountering immigration agents as they prepared to board a Concord Coach Lines bus in Maine. In that video, some of the customers question a company employee.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 1, 2018

Jun 1, 2018

We find out why the A.C.L.U. of N.H. is challenging the voting law, HB1264, that is before the N.H. Supreme Court. After exhaustive investigations, New Hampshire's Ballot Law Commission determines no voter took place in recent elections and has an explanation for claims of "busloads" of out-of-state voters.  A border patrol roadblock on I-93 over Memorial Day weekend nets seventeen immigration violations and the A.C.L.U. has questions.  And keep your free-range chicken in your own yard or face a fine.

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