The Legal Program handles cases that involve infringements upon constitutional rights and civil liberties. We represent individuals or classes of individuals whose cases will either serve to create new precedent or will result in general system-wide reform in favor of protecting and defending civil liberties.

In other situations, we may not file a lawsuit, but may write letters calling for changes or reforms.

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Disability Rights Montana v. Glueckert

Disability Rights Montana v Batista: On March 31, 2014 , the ACLU of Montana together with co-counsel from Foley and Lardner, LLP and Holland and Hart, LLP filed suit in federal court on behalf of our client Disability Rights Montana.

March 31, 2014 Jails and Prisons

MEA-MFT v. State of Montana

The ACLU of Montana filed an amicus brief in this case challenging the legality of a legislative referendum seeking to do away with same-day voter registration in Montana.

January 21, 2014 Voting Rights

Smith v. Batista

The ACLU of Montana filed a brief in July 2013 calling for the District Court to declare the Department of Corrections new two-drug lethal injection protocol unlawful because it creates an unreasonable risk of subjecting prisoners to cruel and unusual punishment, violates the separation of powers

July 12, 2013 Death Penalty

State of Montana v. Madsen

In this case, the State of Montana charged a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy with assaulting a prisoner in his custody when he grabbed a prisoner in handcuffs, belly chains and leg restraints by the neck and shoved her into a wall, hitting her head.

March 28, 2013 Criminal Justice Reform Jails and Prisons

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