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18 01, 2018

Brown v. Jordan

2018-12-20T18:24:43+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Categories: Docket|

Cyntoia Brown is a young woman serving a life sentence in the Tennessee Prison for Women. Ms. Brown was a sixteen-year-old who had been forced into prostitution when she killed a man more than twice her age, a stranger who had picked her up for sex. She was tried and convicted as an adult. The jury did not know when they convicted her that Ms. Brown suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome, which limited her executive brain function. Under Tennessee law, a child convicted as an adult is also sentenced as an adult. Thus, by operation of law, Ms. Brown must serve a minimum of 51 years in prison. Without intervention, she will likely spend the rest of her life in prison.

2 03, 2017

BLACKLISTED: Memphis Police Surveillance and Kendrick v. Chandler – A Timeline

2018-07-25T11:57:51+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Docket|

ACLU-TN has had an ongoing concern over police surveillance of Memphis residents engaging in protected free speech activities for many decades now.

28 04, 2016

Doe v. Hommrich, et al.

2019-08-19T14:47:49+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

The notices & settlement agreement in our juvenile solitary confinement case can be found at the link below. Final hearing: 7/19/19

18 04, 2016

Arrests and Handcuffing of Schoolchildren in Rutherford County

2016-07-07T09:35:59+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

In April, Murfreesboro police arrested eleven children ages nine to twelve for allegedly witnessing an off-campus fight that had taken place several weeks earlier and not intervening. Four of the [...]

4 03, 2016

Stopping Discrimination Against Transgender Youth in Sumner County

2016-07-06T15:37:00+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Abby R. Rubenfeld of the Rubenfeld Law Office, PC Sumner County Schools has a policy which prohibits transgender students from using the restroom or locker room facilities [...]

1 03, 2016

Evictions Based on Criminal Arrests

2017-03-28T06:53:44+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

In the spring of 2016, a local attorney reported to ACLU-TN that the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) had recently begun a practice of evicting public housing tenants when [...]

29 02, 2016

United States v. Houston

2016-07-06T15:39:54+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

(3:13-cr-00009, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals) Amicus Curiae Parties: ACLU-TN, ACLU, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Libertarian [...]