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ACLU raising funds to support outreach efforts

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has launched a three-year drive to raise funds for educating Indiana residents about human and constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms and to lead the fight against violations of those rights.

“More and more actions by local and state lawmakers, government agencies, school systems and others are revealing a climate in Indiana that is ignorant at best and hostile at worst to our guaranteed rights,” ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Gilbert Holmes said. “Hundreds of times a month, the ACLU is asked by Indiana residents to stand with them to defend their rights, liberties and freedoms.”

The cornerstone of the fundraising drive, called “Raising the Bar for Civil Liberties,” is a $500,000 gift from the Sara Reuben Revocable Trust. The gift created the Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben Memorial Fund for Civil Liberties and Justice. Albert and Sara Reuben were active in community and philanthropic work in Central Indiana. The gift to ACLU of Indiana was among a number of grants announced by the Sara Reuben Revocable Trust this year.

ACLU of Indiana has added a full-time development director, Ron Newlin, to its staff to coordinate the fund drive. A communications/education director position will be filled shortly. Funds contributed to the campaign, which was announced Oct. 3, will be used to support expanded operations, build an endowment and support capital improvements.

In recent months, ACLU of Indiana has signed on to two complaints seeking to halt the enforcement of laws – one that would disallow Medicaid to pay for Planned Parenthood patient costs, and another that would create stricter immigration enforcement policies.

 

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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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