Along with our advocacy, legislative, and public education work, litigation remains one of the fundamental tools with which the ACLU of Mississippi fights for equality and civil rights. See below for more information on the cases we've brought to the courts.

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Oppenheim v. Watson

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Mississippi, and Mississippi Center for Justice filed a lawsuit on August 11, 2020, seeking to ensure that absentee voting is more accessible to Mississippians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 11, 2020 Voting Rights

Rash v. Lafayette County

The ACLU of Mississippi, the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and attorney Jack Williams filed a lawsuit against Lafayette County, MS, on behalf of John Rash, a documentary filmmaker, photographer, visual artist, and educator based in Oxford.

July 31, 2020 Freedom of Speech

Waddell v. Taylor

The ACLU of Mississippi, along with the Mississippi Center for Justice, Hogan Lovells law firm, and attorney Mark Whitburn of Austin, Texas, filed a class-action lawsuit against two of Mississippi’s largest prisons for their inadequate response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 14, 2020 Criminal Justice Reform

Thomas v. Bryant (amicus brief)

The ACLU of Mississippi joined a number of other advocacy organizations in an amicus brief supporting the rights of minority voters in ensuring their opportunity to vote remained preserved and uninfringed upon.

December 19, 2019 Voting Rights

Hopkins v. Hosemann (amicus brief)

The ACLU of Mississippi, along with the NAACP, filed an amicus brief in support of Plaintiffs-Appellees Cross-Appellants’ contention that the lifetime disenfranchisement of felons in Mississippi pursuant to Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution violates the Eighth Amendment’s....

November 19, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform