American Civil Liberties Union
U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber issued the ruling Tuesday in St. Louis in a case involving the Salem Public Library.
A House committee heard testimony on legislation by Rep. Casey Guernsey that would outlaw the use of unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance.
“It was a very significant invasion of personal privacy and personal dignity to have someone plunge a needle in your arm while you’re handcuffed and restrained.”
Rep. Casey Guernsey says he does not want state government to monitor residents more than it currently does.
The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that found that the state’s anti-eavesdropping law violates free speech rights.
ACLU Attorney Grant Doty says this is good news from the some 31,000 Missouri inmates who may never have known about the mail they didn’t get.
Violators of the new law could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Repeat offenders could get up to five years in prison.
The southeast Missouri city permits fliers to be distributed only when vehicle occupants are willing to accept them.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of two individuals and two groups that picket outside churches against clergy who allegedly sexually abused children.
On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit over a section that says the religious rights of inmates are limited to federal law.