Archived Litigation

ACLU Supports Governor’s Moratorium in Death Penalty Case

December 2012 - The ACLU Foundation of Oregon has filed a friend of the court (amicus) brief with the Oregon Supreme Court urging it to state that a death-row prisoner’s acceptance is not required for the Governor’s reprieve of his death sentence to become effective.


Gasque v. City of Portland

Vindication in “Know Your Rights” Case

November 7, 2012 - Nearly three years to the day after he was arrested in Old Town in downtown Portland for refusing to consent to a Portland police officer’s request to search him without probable cause, Jose Gasque received justice in a Multnomah County courtroom.  


ACLU of Oregon v. Sheriff Winters

ACLU Settles Public Records Case With Jackson County Sheriff

June 14, 2012 - Public records requests are a vital part of our democratic process, and an integral part of the ACLU’s work. The ACLU’s May 2012 settlement with Jackson County, following a favorable circuit court decision by Judge Daniel Harris, vindicated the right of the ACLU, as well as all Oregonians, to access public documents.


Carlton Proposes Worrisome Restrictions on Growth of Medical Marijuana

March 12, 2012 --The city of Carlton, Oregon, held a hearing on a proposed city ordinance that would impose additional regulations on the growing of medical marijuana, an activity already regulated by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA). After concerns were voiced about both the legality of the ordinance and the burden it would place on Carlton’s medical marijuana patients, the issue was tabled until the next meeting in April. 


ACLU Urges Changes to Oregon Death Penalty Procedures

August 2011 – The ACLU of Oregon has urged the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) to make major changes in its procedures for carrying out the death penalty in order to lessen the risk of a botched execution in Oregon.


Tracking Your Location Through Your Cell Phone

September 2011 - Cell phone technology has given law enforcement agents the unprecedented ability to track individuals’ movements.


Douglas County Reverses Decision to Bar Pipeline Opponents’ Participation at Earth Day Event

Victory for Free Speech and Anti-LNG Advocates

April 21, 2011 - Roseburg, OR – After an ACLU volunteer attorney contacted County Counsel Tuesday and County Commissioners heard testimony from upset pipeline opponents Wednesday, Douglas County changed course and will now allow anti-LNG activists to participate at the Douglas County Earth Day event this weekend in Roseburg.


I [Heart] Boobies

Student Challenges Ban on Wearing “I ♥ Boobies” Cancer Awareness Bracelets


Powell's Books Inc., et al, v. John Kroger, et al

(formerly Powell's Books Inc., et al, v. Hardy Meyers, et al)
Booksellers, Publishers, Librarians and Others Challenge Censorship Law

September 20, 2010 - This morning, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that two Oregon statutes that criminalize distributing sex education and other non-obscene materials to minors are unconstitutional in violation of the First Amendment.


Nakashima v. Board of Education

Student Athletes Prevail in Religious Discrimination Case Against OSAA

On August 18, 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court ordered the Oregon School Activities Association to pay $66,230 in attorney fees. This case was on behalf of students at Portland Adventist Academy who sought a reasonable accommodation from the OSAA to compete in the state basketball tournament without having to play during the Seventh Day Adventist Sabbath (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday).