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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys for Gov. John Carney have dropped their opposition to Delaware's education secretary and budget director being deposed in a lawsuit alleging the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.

A judge had planned to hear arguments Thursday on a requested protective order preventing Susan Bunting and Michael Jackson from being deposed.

The hearing was canceled after Carney's attorneys informed the court the dispute over the depositions had been resolved.

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(AP) Attorneys for Gov. John Carney are trying to prevent Delaware's education secretary and budget director from being deposed in a lawsuit alleging that the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.

A judge planned to hear arguments Thursday on a requested protective order preventing Susan Bunting and Michael Jackson from being deposed.

Attorneys for the ACLU and Community Legal Aid Society say the two officials have knowledge and information that can't be obtained from others.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has denied a request by state officials to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Delaware is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for students

The judge issued a 133-page ruling Tuesday concluding that plaintiffs represented by the ACLU and Community Legal Aid Society had raised legally cognizable claims that should be decided at trial.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A resolution before a county council would urge Maryland's General Assembly to tighten the rules governing public access to police body camera footage.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports two Republican members of the Baltimore County Council introduced the measure to advocate for statewide legislation that would regulate public access to protect privacy.
 
The county announced last week that the police department had finished training and outfitting around 1,400 police officers with body cameras.
 

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A man who police say fired a handgun during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a KKK member who's been charged but not convicted of violent crimes in the past.

Richard Wilson Preston Jr. on Monday said he wouldn't fight extradition from his home city of Baltimore to Charlottesville. He faces a count of discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school during the Aug. 12 rally.

The ACLU released a video of a man firing a gun toward protesters before Preston was arrested Saturday. No one was hit.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is reeling from criticism inside and out for defending the right of white supremacists to march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After the death of a counter-protester at the rally, some critics said the ACLU had blood on its hands, and a leader of the organization in Virginia resigned.

The furor has set off soul-searching inside the ACLU and an announcement that it will no longer stand with hate groups seeking to march with guns.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are studying a DNA database expansion to include more people convicted of misdemeanors.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that supporters expect a larger database to help solve more crimes, but opponents say an expansion raises cost and privacy concerns. The Department of Forensic Science's website shows Virginia's database now holds more than 415,000 offender DNA profiles.

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The battle over political signs in Milton will be decided in the courts.

The American Civil Liberties Union said that the removal of four signs critical of the Trump administration from the property of 62-year old Penny Nickerson was unconstitutional.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city has responded saying that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities may impose the reasonable regulation of signs as necessary.

It adds that the regulations do not discriminate on the basis of political points of view.    

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland public defenders and the ACLU of Maryland are calling for laws to regulate police surveillance techniques out of privacy concerns, but authorities say the technology is needed to better fight crime.

The Maryland House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the use of techniques such as clandestine cellphone-surveillance devices, known as stingrays.

Daniel Kobrin, an assistant public defender in the appellate division, says comprehensive legislation is needed to define when such technology can and can't be used.

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A Maryland state compliance panel has found that the Talbot County Council violated state law when it decided behind closed doors to keep the statue of a confederate soldier known as The Talbot Boys on the courthouse lawn.

Corey Pack, president of the council, says he disagreed with the ruling but read a statement aloud in a public meeting to inform residents of the letter sent by the board to comply with its decision.   

WBOC reports that Pack said he believes the process was open and noted that the council held its own public comments session before making the decision.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Talbot County branch of the NAACP are challenging the way the county decided to keep the Talbot Boys monument honoring Confederate soldiers.

The two groups announced Tuesday in a release that they filed a complaint asking the Open Meetings Compliance Board to rule that the county council violated the Maryland Open Meetings Act. They allege that while the council held public forums on the matter, it didn't provide minutes of closed door discussions about it.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to force the Red Clay school district to enroll three children living outside the district.
 
The children previously attended a Red Clay school but have been living outside the district since their mother was placed on unpaid leave and lost her apartment. Their father, who shares custody, enrolled the children in the Christina school district, and the children now reportedly live with their godmother in the Colonial district.
 

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The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that the internal investigation into the case of Maryland State Trooper who left the N-word on Teleta Dashiell’s voice mail is a personnel not a public record.

In addition, the court said that she was not a person in interest regarding the disciplinary actions taken against Sgt. John Maiello in Somerset County.

The American Civil Liberties Union had filed a Freedom of Information request for the records of the March 2010 incident.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A trial has been scheduled for November for a Delaware police corporal charged with assault.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a Nov. 30 trial has been set for Dover Cpl. Thomas Webster, who is charged with second-degree assault. Last month, police released a 2013 dashcam video showing Webster kicking Lateef Dickerson in the face when he was on his hands and knees. Police say Dickerson was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw.

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After the withdrawal of National Guard units and the extra law enforcement, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has lifted the state of emergency imposed after a night of rioting followed by a curfew last week.

Over 3,000 Maryland National Guard and 1,000 law enforcement officers were called in to restore order.

The governor said it was not time to rebuild the city as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called in the Justice Department to examine police practices that might have led to the unrest.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware has filed a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring high-risk sex offenders on probation to wear a GPS monitor and pay a daily charge.
 
The News Journal of Wilmington reports the ACLU filed the suit this week on behalf of three unidentified sex offenders. The ACLU says the three plaintiffs were convicted before the 2007 law was enacted. The organization says the rule is unconstitutional when applied to those who convicted crimes before 2007.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The attorney for a Dover police officer is blasting prosecutors' efforts to continue to pursue assault charges against him after a grand jury declined last year to indict him.

Cpl. Thomas Webster was arrested and released on bond Monday after a second grand jury indicted him on assault.

Webster was placed on leave in 2013 after reportedly kicking Lateef Dickerson, a suspect in a fight, breaking his jaw and rendering him unconscious.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the Washington Redskins in a court battle over the team's name.

The ACLU filed papers last week supporting the team's position that canceling the Redskins trademark violates the team's free-speech rights.

A federal panel ruled last year the trademark should be canceled, but the team is challenging that decision in federal court in Alexandria.

 

By 3-2 the Salisbury City Council this week ordered the City Attorney to draw up a charter amendment that would redraw the current council districts.

It would create a larger majority-minority district with two council members and a second at-large district with three council members.

In addition…the amendment would eliminate the staggered elections with all council members and the Mayor up for four-year terms in 2015.

 

             The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland says that the at-large voting district with a majority-minority district in Salisbury violates the Voting Rights Act given the changing demographics of the city.

            African Americans now make up over 34 percent of Salisbury’s population as opposed to only 16 percent in 1986 when the current two district formula was developed.