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ACLU’s suit on R.I. Truancy Court ruled moot

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The Rhode Island Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Rhode Island’s Truancy Court. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in March 2010, asserting that Truancy Court judges and school systems that participate in the court unfairly punish students who miss school. The ACLU said the court violated the due process clauses of the US and Rhode Island constitutions by, among other things, meeting and issuing penalties behind closed doors, with no stenographers present. The Providence Journal reported that in the ruling issued Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that changes in Truancy Court practices had made the ACLU’s lawsuit moot.

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