Archive for June, 2008

Pride 2008

Staff, members and friends took part in the GLBT Pride Parade in OKC.

Haskell County Ten Commandments Monument

TEN COMMANDMENTS APPEAL ARGUED BEFORE TENTH CIRCUIT

Haskell County Ten Commandments Monument

The appeal of a 2006 decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma to retain a Ten Commandments monument on the Haskell County Courthouse lawn was argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver Colorado on October More >

ACLU DEFENDS STUDENT REFUSING TO SAY PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Travis Busby, a seventh-grader at Nimitz Middle School in Tulsa, refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance on June 8, 2005. He also opted not to participate in reciting the Pledge. As a result, the school’s assistant principal imposed a two-day suspension as punishment.

Busby’s mother contacted the ACLU of More >

BALLOT PETITION HITS FIREWALL IN OKLAHOMA

In a significant blow to a national effort to curtail equal opportunity in America, backers of a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would end equal access and opportunity programs in the state asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court on April 4, 2008 to withdraw the measure from consideration. The More >

Legislative Panel

LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM RISES FROM THE ASHES

Legislative Panel

Following the untimely death last fall of longtime lobbyist Keith Smith, the ACLU of Oklahoma found itself at a crossroads when the Oklahoma Legislature prepared to begin its 2007 session. There was no easy choice for finding a successor to Smith, whose skills, knowledge and political savvy were irreplaceable. More >

SEX OFFENDER RESIDENCY AND TRAVEL RESTRICTION CASE DISMISSED

The case of Doe v. Parish was dismissed under a mutual agreement by both plaintiffs and defendants during February of 2008. The lawsuit had been handled by the ACLU of Oklahoma in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma since September of 2006.

The ACLU challenged the enforcement More >

ACLU SETTLES SEX OFFENDER LAWSUIT

The ACLU of Oklahoma has successfully concluded its representation of an unidentified plaintiff in an action filed against defendants within Oklahoma County. The case of Doe v. Lane was filed during January in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

John Doe, the ACLU’s anonymous client in the lawsuit, More >

Lonnie Latham

BAPTIST MINISTER ACQUITTED OF LEWDNESS CHARGE

Lonnie Latham

A Baptist minister arrested in January of 2006 for inviting an undercover male police officer to a hotel room for sexual activity was acquitted on March 7, 2007. The Rev. Lonnie Latham, a former board member of the Oklahoma Baptist Convention, had been charged with offering to engage in More >

Abdullah al-Kidd

ACLU CASE ON BEHALF OF UNFAIRLY DETAINED MUSLIM MAN CURRENTLY IN SETTLEMENT TALKS

Abdullah al-Kidd

The ACLU National Office, in conjunction with the state affiliate, initiated a lawsuit last fall on behalf of a Muslim man who was unfairly detained and mistreated at the Oklahoma Federal Transfer Center during March of 2003. The case of Al-Kidd v. Sugrue was filed in the U.S. District More >