At any given time, the ACLU of RI is involved in dozens of legal battles on behalf of civil liberties in the Ocean State. Below is a list of many the cases we have worked on. For our annual case dockets, click here.

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Martinez v. Coyne-Fague

This is a habeas corpus petition filed in RI Superior Court which argues that an inmate is unlawfully being held in prison despite a decision by the R.I. Parole Board to release him on supervised parole.

August 3, 2021

Patterson et. al. v. Bonnet Shores

This is a friend of the court brief we filed in support of an independent lawsuit challenging a policy of the Bonnet Shores Fire District (BSFD) that bars residents from voting if they own less than $400 of property in the district, while allowing thousands of non-resident beach cabana owners – i

June 9, 2021 Voting Rights Economic Justice

Koso v. Neronha

This is an APRA lawsuit against the state’s Attorney General, challenging a $225 fee his office has charged a law student in order to provide her copies of public reports that state law requires the AG's office to annually submit to the RI General Assembly.

January 29, 2021 Government Transparency

Caniglia v. Strom

In this amicus brief before the US Supreme Court, the ACLU urges the Court to keep the “community caretaking” exception confined to its historic, vehicle related origins and reject a broader standard that would give police free rein to enter the home without probable cause or a warrant, whenever

January 25, 2021 Privacy Criminal Justice

DiPaola v. Portsmouth

This is a successful federal lawsuit challenging a Portsmouth town ordinance that banned the posting of political signs on residential property.

January 22, 2021 First Amendment