A list of past ACLU of Idaho Cases

Visual Arts Collective V. Powell 

Putting an end to art censorship in Idaho.
In March 2016, the Idaho State Police sent undercover agents into the Visual Arts Collective to monitor a burlesque performance by acclaimed Idaho artist Anne McDonald of Frankly Burlesque. Two months later, Idaho Alcohol Beverage Control threatened to revoke the Visual Arts Collective’s license to serve alcohol, citing an antiquated liquor law that prohibited women from revealing “any portion of the female breast below the top of the areola.”

[Date] | First Amendment, Women's Rights

Norman V. CCJSD

Protecting student choice and fighing discrimination in Idaho's public schools.

Octotober 16, 2016 | Women's Rights

ALDF V. Otter 

Protecting Idaho’s press, animals, and food sources.


March 21, 2014 | First Amendment

Smith V. Obama 

Ending dragnet surveillance of Americans’ phone calls by the NSA and the federal government.
Along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we joined with the ACLU’s national office to represent a neonatal nurse in Northern Idaho, Anna Smith, in a lawsuit against President Obama and several U.S. intelligence agencies over the National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection of telephone records under the Patriot Act. 

June 12, 2013 | Privacy and Technology

Kelly V. Wengler 

Ending rampant violence in Idaho’s “gladiator school” private prison.
We filed this federal lawsuit, Kelly v. Wengler, to put a stop to the culture of rampant violence that has led to carnage and suffering among prisoners at officials at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC), the state-owned facility formerly operated by the for-profit company Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

February 11, 2011 | Criminal Justice Reform, Prisoners' rights

Young, ET AL V. Smith, ET AL

Improving conditions at the Canyon County Jail.
In two lawsuites filed against Canyon County officials, The ACLU of Idaho has dramatically improved conditions at the Canyon County jail.

November 23, 2011 | Criminal Justice Reform




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