For Clint Bolick, the critical moment came in 1977, when the ACLU
took the side of the University of California at Davis in Allan Bakke's racial discrimination lawsuit, the landmark Supreme Court case that opened the door to racial quotas in college admissions.
has previously maintained that since the Scouts profess a belief in God it should be considered a church.
On September 14, the ACLU
, on behalf of the Ranks, filed suit against the Secret Service and Greg Jenkins, deputy assistant to the President and director of White House advance work.
But with 250,000 members, a budget of more than $15 million, and an important presence in Washington, the ACLU
is one of the nation's most powerful lobbies.
of Massachusetts, with over 20,000 supporters across the Commonwealth, is a state affiliate of the national ACLU
As such, Hernandez will spend an indeterminate period of time in a jail cell that the ACLU
describes as being "the size of a parking spot," Yahoo Sports reports.
Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU
of Massachusetts, did not return several calls seeking comment.
Critics say the ACLU
and other groups have used the threat of legal fees to intimidate communities into removing religious symbols or prohibiting public prayers.
Americans United and the ACLU
tried to persuade the board to reverse course, but a majority refused.
of New Mexico is working in Berg's behalf.
An "official ACLU
bulletin," the paper notes, "says the Constitution forbids school observances 'that promote or emphasize the religious significance' of Christmas, but not aspects that hove become part of our country's secular culture.
Ann Beeson, an ACLU
lawyer, told The Washington Post that Marrero's ruling applies only to national security letters related to Internet and e-mail service providers.