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Beatty v Lamont

In a federal class-action lawsuit filed on March 14, 2022 on behalf of more than 30,000 people, two state residents are suing Governor Ned Lamont and Attorney General William Tong to eliminate Connecticut’s prison debt law.

March 14, 2022 Criminal Justice

Massimino v Benoit

In public spaces where you are lawfully present, you have the right to capture any image that is in plain view. That includes taking pictures and videos of government buildings, transportation facilities (including airports), and police officers.

August 24, 2021 Free Speech

Clark v Department of Correction

By denying our client gender-affirming medical care that she needs, the DOC and Attorney General’s office are threatening her life and health, and they're violating federal law. We’re in court to ensure that transgender people who are incarcerated are able to get the gender-affirming care they need.

April 30, 2021 LGBTQ Rights Criminal Justice

Chase v Penney (amicus brief)

When police disbelieve, shame, and punish sexual assault survivors for coming forward, it not only contributes to stigma and trauma around sexual assault – it also violates the Constitution’s protections against discrimination on the basis of sex.

March 29, 2021 Women's Rights