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Banning sanctuary cities in Ky. remains a hot topic in Frankfort as supporters, opponents speak out

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Supporters of a bill to ban sanctuary cities in Kentucky, sponsored by Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, came out to defend the legislation against recent complaints on Thursday. The opponents of the bill were vocal, too, among them the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, which calls the bill “dangerous and could have sweeping consequences for all Kentuckians if passed.” According...

ACLU of Kentucky prepares to fight back as religion becomes more prominent in state’s schools

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A leading civil rights group says a new effort to have the motto “In God We Trust” displayed in Kentucky’s public schools is just the latest in a string of attempts to bring religion into the classroom. State Rep. Brandon Reed (R) of Hodgenville has pre-filed a bill that would require public schools to display the motto in a location of prominence,...

Judge rules LFUCG fails to meet burden of proof, must turn over surveillance camera records

A judge has ruled Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) must release documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). Community activist Michael Maharrey was sued last year by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain the documents through an Open Records Act request. LPD denied Maharrey’s request, citing a statute...

Louisville attorney Corey Shapiro named legal director of American Civil Liberties Union of Ky.

An attorney with extensive experience litigating in federal and state court and community organizing has been selected as the next Legal Director of the ACLU of Kentucky. Corey Shapiro was selected after a months-long search that drew candidates from across the nation. The ACLU-KY Board of Directors approved his appointment in April. He started work this month. Corey Shapiro “We were looking...

ACLU says it will defend Maharrey in fight against City of Lexington over security camera documents

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky today announced that it would represent community activist Michael Maharrey, who was sued by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). LPD denied Maharrey’s request citing a statute that exempts certain documents relating to homeland...