Webster parish school district settles ACLU religious activity lawsuit
Posted on 5/14/2018 2:30:00 PM.
The Webster Parish School District has settled a lawsuit with the ACLU that alleged that they created a coercive environment that subjected students to school sponsored Christian religious activities. ACLU Staff Attorney Bruce Hamilton says they received complaints from a Webster Parish student’s family that the activities had been ongoing for some time.


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Vermilon School Board under scrutiny after arrest of a school teacher in board meeting
Posted on 1/10/2018 10:45:00 AM.
Vermilion Parish School Board President Anthony Fontana does not regret the arrest of an English teacher at a school board meeting this week. Deyshia Hargrave was taken away in handcuffs after voicing her opposition about the superintendent receiving a pay raise. Fontana says Hargrave’s comments were not germane.
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ACLU files suit against Webster Parish School District
Posted on 12/18/2017 3:30:00 PM.

The ACLU of Louisiana has filed a suit challenging the Webster Parish School District’s alleged practice of subjecting students to school sponsored Christian prayer and other religious rituals. The suit was filed on behalf of Webster Parish parent Christy Cole. ACLU attorney Bruce Hamilton says the district is violating students First Amendment rights.

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Federal judge sides with Alton Sterling protesters in suit against cops in Baton Rouge
Posted on 10/27/2017 1:42:00 PM.
A federal judge agrees with Alton Sterling protesters in a class action lawsuit against Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies. A hearing was held Friday morning involving about 80 protesters who were arrested last year. The ACLU of Louisiana filed a similar lawsuit but one that did not seek damages.
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Iberville Parish leaders make flag burning illegal, ACLU says it's unconstitutional
Posted on 10/18/2017 10:17:00 AM.

The Iberville Parish Council has made it illegal to burn a flag. Council Chairman Matt Jewell says the move is in response to an Ohio incident when a flag was burned causing consternation among war veterans there. Though there has not been any incidents in Iberville Parish, he and others want to make sure it doesn't offend Veteran’s there…

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Parkway High says student athletes could be kicked off team kneeling during national anthem
Posted on 9/28/2017 5:07:00 PM.

Parkway High School in Bossier Parish has told students that any school athlete that kneels or disrespects the flag during the national anthem could be kicked off the team. Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana Marjorie Esman says the laws of our country do not allow the schools to prohibit students from peacefully protesting in this manner.

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ACLU of LA sends letter to LSP after man cited for flipping off trooper
Posted on 8/16/2017 4:27:00 AM.

The ACLU of Louisiana has sent a letter to Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves after a man was ticketed for flipping off a state trooper on I-20 near Rayville. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says the man was charged with felony public intimidation.

Marjorie Esman, ACLU, LSP, First Amendment

Louisiana ACLU files suit over alleged deleted photo by police officer
Posted on 3/29/2017 6:16:00 PM.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a Lafayette mother who allegedly had a photo deleted from her phone by a police officer.
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Grant Parish defends nativity scene in front of courthouse amid complaints from ACLU
Posted on 12/21/2016 4:51:00 PM.

The ACLU of Louisiana has sent a letter to the Grant Parish Police Jury in regards to a nativity scene set up in front of the parish courthouse. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says the display only caters to one faith.

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ACLU of Louisiana suing Slidell to block panhandling permit requirement
Posted on 12/20/2016 11:56:00 AM.

The ACLU of Louisiana is suing the City of Slidell to block a panhandling permit requirement. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says Slidell residents have to register with police to engage in their First Amendment right to ask others for money.

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