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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

ACLU files amicus brief supporting Standing Rock Thunderhawk vs Morton County



American Civil Liberties Union Files Amicus Brief in Standing Rock ​Thunderhawk ​Litigation

ACLU brief highlights how roads of every kind have historically served as sites of protest

Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, North Dakota

Media Contact​: Fonda Shen ​cccct@law.columbia.edu​

Feb. 2, 2021

NEW YORK — ​Yesterday, ​​the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), together with its North Dakota affiliate (ACLU of ND), filed an ​amicus curiae brief​in support of the ​Thunderhawk ​plaintiffs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. ​Amicus Curiae​or “friend of the court” briefs are filed by third parties with an interest in the litigation, and can carry significant weight with the court when submitted by organizations with expertise in an issue salient to the case—such as with the ACLU and free speech.