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Litigation & Legal Advocacy
City of Boulder v. Madison
Homeless persons in Boulder are at risk of being prosecuted under a city ordinance that prohibits “camping.” The law prohibits sleeping outside with “shelter,” which Boulder defines to include any protection from the elements other than clothing. Thus, under Boulder’s ordinance, sleeping outside at night is not “camping,”....
Searches of students’ cell phone text messages
Administrators at Louisville's Monarch High School were seizing students’ cell phones, reading text messages, and transcribing messages the administrators deemed incriminating. Responding to complaints from students and parents, the ACLU wrote to the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education, asserting that the non-consensual searches violated....