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    Posted: 6/18/2012 7:15:45 PM EST
    FILE - This Wednesday, June 22, 2011 file photo shows Chicago resident Arick Buckles, right, who is HIV positive, with ACLU attorney John Knight. Buckles filed a federal lawsuit Monday, June 18, 2012 claiming he was denied his prescribed medication for HIV for a week when he was an inmate in the Bureau County Jail in Princeton, Ill., in 2010, harming his health and violating his constitutional rights. The county was more worried about the cost of providing Buckles' HIV drugs than about his health, said American Civil Liberties Union attorney John Knight, who is helping represent Buckles. The drugs, a three-pill combination, cost more than $2,000 a month, according to Buckles' jail medical notes released to him by the county and shared by him with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
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    Posted: 5/30/2012 6:40:48 PM EST
    Jim Darby and Patrick Bova, a couple for the last 48 years, tell their story during a news conference Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Chicago. More than two dozen gay Illinois couples who say it?s unconstitutional for the state to deny them the right to marry and will file two lawsuits Wednesday, a move advocates believe could lead to legalized gay marriage in Illinois. The two lawsuits, filed by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and New-York based gay advocacy group Lambda Legal, include couples from Chicago and its suburbs, Bloomington and Marion. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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    Posted: 5/30/2012 6:40:48 PM EST
    John Knight, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Project of the ACLU of Illinois, speaks at a news conference Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Chicago. More than two dozen gay Illinois couples who say it?s unconstitutional for the state to deny them the right to marry and will file two lawsuits Wednesday, a move advocates believe could lead to legalized gay marriage in Illinois. The two lawsuits, filed by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and New-York based gay advocacy group Lambda Legal, include couples from Chicago and its suburbs, Bloomington and Marion. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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    Posted: 5/30/2012 6:40:47 PM EST
    Camilla Taylor, marriage project director for Lambda Legal, speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Chicago. More than two dozen gay Illinois couples who say it?s unconstitutional for the state to deny them the right to marry and will file two lawsuits Wednesday, a move advocates believe could lead to legalized gay marriage in Illinois. The two lawsuits, filed by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and New-York based gay advocacy group Lambda Legal, include couples from Chicago and its suburbs, Bloomington and Marion. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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    Posted: 5/30/2012 6:40:47 PM EST
    Claudia Mercado, left, holds her son Indigo Lopez-Mercado as Angelica Lopez right, holds the couples other child Isabel Lopez-Mercado as they gather for a news conference, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Chicago. More than two dozen gay Illinois couples who say it?s unconstitutional for the state to deny them the right to marry and will file two lawsuits Wednesday, a move advocates believe could lead to legalized gay marriage in Illinois. The two lawsuits, filed by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and New-York based gay advocacy group Lambda Legal, include couples from Chicago and its suburbs, Bloomington and Marion. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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    Posted: 5/30/2012 6:40:47 PM EST
    In this June 1, 2011 file photo, Janean Watkins, left, and Lakeesha Harris embrace after being the first in line to obtain a civil union license from the Cook County Office of Vital Records in Chicago. They are among more than two dozen same-sex couples filing lawsuits Wednesday, May 30, 2012, challenging the constitutionality of Illinois? marriage laws. Advocates for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and Lambda Legal are each filing a lawsuit on behalf of the couples. Their goal is to make same-sex marriage legal. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
  •  - New York Civil Liberties Union's Executive Director Donna Lieberman talks about data on the NYPD's stop and frisk policy during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York

    New York Civil Liberties Union's Executive Director Donna Lieberman talks about data on the NYPD's stop and frisk policy during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York

    Posted: 5/9/2012 3:15:43 PM EST
    New York Civil Liberties Union's Executive Director Donna Lieberman talks about data on the NYPD's stop and frisk policy during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York, May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - New York Civil Liberties Union's Executive Director Donna Lieberman talks about data on the NYPD's stop and frisk policy during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York

    New York Civil Liberties Union's Executive Director Donna Lieberman talks about data on the NYPD's stop and frisk policy during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York

    Posted: 5/9/2012 3:14:42 PM EST
    New York Civil Liberties Union's Executive Director Donna Lieberman talks about data on the NYPD's stop and frisk policy during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York, May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - New York Civil Liberties Union's associate legal director Christopher Dunn shows data on NYPD during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York

    New York Civil Liberties Union's associate legal director Christopher Dunn shows data on NYPD during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York

    Posted: 5/9/2012 3:06:24 PM EST
    New York Civil Liberties Union's associate legal director Christopher Dunn shows data on NYPD during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York, May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - New York Civil Liberties Union's associate legal director Christopher Dunn shows data on NYPD during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York

    New York Civil Liberties Union's associate legal director Christopher Dunn shows data on NYPD during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York

    Posted: 5/9/2012 3:03:01 PM EST
    New York Civil Liberties Union's associate legal director Christopher Dunn shows data on NYPD during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York, May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - New York Civil Liberties Union's associate legal director Christopher Dunn shows data on NYPD during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York

    New York Civil Liberties Union's associate legal director Christopher Dunn shows data on NYPD during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York

    Posted: 5/9/2012 3:00:47 PM EST
    New York Civil Liberties Union's associate legal director Christopher Dunn shows data on NYPD during a news conference at the organization's offices in New York, May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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    Posted: 4/26/2012 9:50:47 PM EST
    This Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 photo shows Israel Ramos Contreras at Forks High School where he goes to school in Forks, Wash. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday, April 26, 2012 on behalf of Ramos and two other plaintiffs, seeking to stop U.S. Border Patrol agents from conducting traffic stops in Washington state. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to bar traffic stops by border agents saying that people are being pulled over without reasonable suspicion. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
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    Posted: 4/26/2012 9:50:47 PM EST
    This Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 photo shows Israel Ramos Contreras at Forks High School where he goes to school in Forks, Wash. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday, April 26, 2012 on behalf of Ramos and two other plaintiffs, seeking to stop U.S. Border Patrol agents from conducting traffic stops in Washington state. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to bar traffic stops by border agents saying that people are being pulled over without reasonable suspicion. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
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    Posted: 3/12/2012 2:40:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2011 file photo, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks at a news conference with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in Brooklyn, N.Y. A secret New York Police Department program to spy on Muslim businesses, infiltrate mosques and monitor Muslim students on college campuses has ignited a debate over how to strike a balance between civil liberties and national security. The NYPD has vigorously defended the tactics, calling them legal and necessary. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)
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    Posted: 2/2/2012 5:50:45 PM EST
    FILE - Jayashri Srikantiah, staff attorney with the ACLU of Northern California, holds up copies of records showing passengers checked on no fly lists from San Francisco International Airport, as plaintiffs Jan Adams, right, and Rebecca Gordon, center, look on during a news conference in San Francisco, in this April 22, 2003 file photo. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the government on behalf of Americans who believe they're on the no-fly list and have not been able to travel by air for work or to see family. The no-fly list has swelled to 20,000 people before, such as in 2004. At the time, people like the late Sen. Ted Kennedy were getting stopped before flying _ causing constant angst and aggravation for innocent travelers. But much has changed since then. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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    Posted: 1/27/2012 12:45:48 PM EST
    Talat Hamdani, center, whose son Mohammad Salman Hamdani died attempting to save lives in the World Trade Center attacks, hands off protest sign as members of the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) and supporters gather on the steps of City Hall for a news conference, calling for the resignation of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and his public affairs commissioner Paul Browne on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in New York. Kelly and Browne are being criticized for the production of an anti-Muslim movie used for police training. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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    Posted: 1/26/2012 6:30:48 PM EST
    Imam Hajj Talib Abdur Rashid, center, of the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood of New York, is surrounded by members of the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) and supporters on the steps of City Hall as he speaks at a news conference, calling for the resignation of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and his public affairs commissioner Paul Browne on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in New York. Kelly and Browne are being criticized for the production of an anti-Muslim movie used for police training. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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    Posted: 1/26/2012 6:30:47 PM EST
    Cyrus McGoldrick, left, civil rights manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Imam Hajj Talib Abdur Rashid, right, of the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood of New York, listen as members of the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) and supporters hold a news conference at City Hall, calling for the resignation of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and his public affairs commissioner Paul Browne on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in New York. Kelly and Browne are being criticized for the production of an anti-Muslim movie used for police training. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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    Posted: 1/26/2012 6:30:47 PM EST
    City Council Member Letitia "Tish" James, center, is surrounded by members of the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) and supporters on the steps of City Hall, as he speaks at a press conference calling for further investigation of a NYPD anti-Muslim training video, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in New York. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and his public affairs commissioner Paul Browne being criticized for the production of the movie used in the training of 1,500 police cadets. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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    Posted: 1/26/2012 6:10:48 PM EST
    City Council Member Jumaane Williams, center, is surrounded by members of the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) and supporters on the steps of City Hall, as he speaks at a press conference calling for further investigation of a NYPD anti-Muslim training video, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in New York. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and his public affairs commissioner Paul Browne being criticized for the production of the movie used in the training of 1,500 police cadets. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)