ACLU Massachusetts / legal assistance that is not being served equally and impartially for the general public
The ACLU of Boston is simply a disgusting outfit of misfits who would rather spend their time and resources in giving Illegal Immigrants legal assistance, as it brings national attention to their organization. Instead, the ACLU does little to nothing to give legal representation to United States Citizens who have been the victims of Illegal Immigrants, time and time again.
One has to ask themselves how is this possible that the ACLU is not doing what is in the best interest of United States Citizens and Legal Immigrants but spends most of their time and resources looking for attention from the media and the public by giving legal assistance to Illegal Immigrants, who by the way have broken the laws of the United States and have entered in to the United States illegally, working illegally and much more. Now if that is not twisted than what is?
The ACLU should be ashamed of themselves in not sticking up for United States Citizens and Legal Immigrants the way the ACLU does for Illegal Immigrants who have committed crimes by entering in to the United States Illegally.
The ACLU is also Judge shopping and they look for the most liberal Judges on the bench and Judges that are not inclined to follow the full rule of law and apply the laws impartially and evenly across the board. It's sad that in the United States we have some Judges who are just doing whatever they feel like and not applying the rule of law because of the show they put on for the public and to gain attention for their actions, which are not according to the rule of law.
If the ACLU would defend the victims of Illegal Immigrants the same way that they go all out and defend Illegal Immigrants, who by the way they do not even know what their civil or criminal backgrounds are in their home countries and instead just apply the Illegal Immigrant as a victim when in fact the opposite is true.
The United States is not a Banana Republic where people just go around doing whatever they feel like. United States Citizens and Legal Residents follow the law and the law should be applied to Illegal Immigrants with no special treatment. Illegal Immigrants know what they are doing when they enter the United States Illegally, or overstay their Tourist and Student Visa's and although they may think that for whatever reason they are entitled to stay in the United States that should not be the case and the laws need to be applied equally and impartially. Though, that is not the case when it comes to Illegal Immigrants where the word Illegal seems to be left out and forgotten.
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Carol Rose is executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. A lawyer and journalist, Carol has spent her career advocating for human rights and civil liberties both in the United States and abroad, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Japan, Sri Lanka, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Northern Ireland, and Vietnam.
Prior to assuming her position at the helm of the ACLU of Massachusetts in January 2003, she worked as an attorney at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, where she specialized in First Amendment and media law, intellectual property, civil rights, and international human rights law. She clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris. She holds degrees from Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School.
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Matthew Segal is Legal Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, where he leads a team of civil rights lawyers. He has litigated cases on wrongful convictions, privacy, the criminalization of poverty, the First Amendment, and immigrants' rights.
Matt's cases at ACLUM have temporarily halted President Trump's first Muslim ban; dismissed over 50, 000 drug charges in the Sonja Farak and Annie Dookhan lab scandals; yielded the first federal court order requiring someone with opioid use disorder to be provided medication for addiction treatment (MAT) while incarcerated; and made Massachusetts the second state to recognize constitutional protections for cell phone location data.
Matt was named a 2015 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and in December 2016 he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A., in mathematics and sociology, from Brandeis University. He clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the Ninth Circuit.
•Argued cases leading to the dismissal of tens of thousands of wrongful convictions in the Sonja Farak and Annie Dookhan lab scandals. Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Attorney General, 480 Mass. 700 (2018); Bridgeman v. District Attorney, 476 Mass. 298 (2017); Bridgeman v. District Attorney, 471 Mass. 465 (2015); Commonwealth v. Charles, 466 Mass. 63 (2013).
•Argued case challenging the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentencing. Commonwealth v. Laltaprasad, 475 Mass. 692 (2016).
•Argued case leading to reversal of hundreds of wrongful convictions and sentences. US v. Simmons, 649 F.3d 237 (4th Cir. 2011) (en banc).
Privacy & Technology
•Helped to uncover 63 cases in which the government sought to compel Apple or Google to assist the government in accessing data stored on a mobile device.
•Argued Massachusetts case holding that state and local police must get a warrant before obtaining two weeks' worth of a person's cell site location information (CSLI). Commonwealth v. Augustine, 467 Mass. 230 (2014
Criminalization of Poverty
•Participated in amicus briefing on the criminalization of poverty in Massachusetts. Commonwealth v. Henry, 475 Mass. 117 (2016); Commonwealth v. Magadini, 474 Mass. 593 (2016).
•Argued case ending a federal district's unlawful practice of ordering indigent federal defendants to repay the costs of their court-appointed attorneys. US v. Moore, 666 F.3d 313 (4th Cir. 2012).
•Filed case challenging a Massachusetts law that requires people to alert the police before exercising their First Amendment right to record police officers performing their duties in public. Martin v. Evans (D. Mass. filed June 2016).
•Co-counseled successful challenges to anti-panhandling ordinances in Lowell and Worcester, which infringed on the First Amendment right to beg.
Racial Justice & Immigrants' Rights
•Argued Louhghalam v. Trump, 2017 WL 386550 (D. Mass. 2017), which for seven days halted President Trump's first Muslim Ban.
•Participated in public records advocacy and amicus briefing in groundbreaking decision holding that Black men in Boston might have logical reasons to flee the police. Commonwealth v. Warren, 475 Mass. 530 (2016).
•Argued case on behalf of a U.S. military veteran wrongfully subjected to mandatory immigration detention. Casteneda v. Souza, 810 F.3d 15 (1st Cir. 2015) (en banc).
Senior and Managing Attorney
Ruth Bourquin joined the ACLU of Massachusetts in October 2017. For the previous 20 years, Ruth was a litigation attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, focusing on the needs of families with children living in poverty. She received a 2009 Women of Justice Award from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and a 2013 Access to Justice Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Since joining ACLUM, Ruth has focused on free speech issues, bringing successful lawsuits against the City of Cambridge for unlawfully charging 2017 Women's March organizers for public safety services, the Natick School Committee for wrongly suppressing free speech by members of the public, and the City of Holyoke for attempting to ban temporary signs, including yard signs and bumper stickers.
Prior to joining legal services, Ruth served as the Deputy General Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means, was in private practice focusing on employment discrimination, and was an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth, where she served as Chief of Affirmative Litigation and as Election Counsel and was the lead attorney in a case leading to a statewide injunction against blockades of abortion clinics.
Ruth is a 1982 graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jessie Rossman joined the ACLU of Massachusetts as a staff attorney in June 2013. She has both trial level and appellate advocacy experience, and litigates on a broad range of civil rights and civil liberties issues, including privacy and technology, free speech, reproductive rights, and gender discrimination.
She was recognized as a 2015 National Law Journal Boston Rising Star.
Jessie has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor's degree from Yale University. Before joining the ACLU of Massachusetts, Rossman served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond C. Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also worked as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Michigan and as a litigation fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Prior to joining the ACLU of Massachusetts, Jessie settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit in Prater v. Detroit Police Department, resulting in a new policy to ensure that pregnant officers were protected against discrimination on the job, and briefed Duncan v. Granholm, a class action lawsuit which challenged the state of Michigan to reform its broken indigent defense system. Since joining the ACLU of Massachusetts, representative matters Jessie has worked on include:
•Briefed Commonwealth v. Augustine, where the Supreme Judicial Court held that the state must get a warrant to obtain cell phone location information, and briefed and argued its companion case, a pending appeal before the Supreme Judicial Court which will determine the meaning of probable cause in this context.
•Successfully settled a public records lawsuit in ACLU of Massachusetts v. Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Counsel, resulting in the declaration that NEMLEC's documents are subject to the Public Records Law and the disclosure of almost 1, 000 pages of after action reports, policy documents and financial reports.
•Successfully briefed class certification for Doe v. Baker, a pending federal class action law suit challenging the imprisonment of women who are civilly committed for addictions to drugs or alcohol.
•Successfully briefed and argued a motion to dismiss in Commonwealth v. Jane, defending our client against charges for interfering with the police which were based solely on her decision to exercise her constitutionally protected right to record the police.
•Briefed, together with cooperating law firms, amicus briefs on a range of issues at the intersection of privacy, technology, civil rights, civil liberties including United States v. Daoud (disclosure of FISA materials), Commonwealth v. Estabrook (application of the probable-cause requirement to CSLI), Commonwealth v. Dorelas (particularity of the warrant requirement for cell phone searches), and Commonwealth v. Walters (contours of the true threat doctrine as applied to social media).
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