2. The ACLU handles nearly 6,000 cases per year, and it appears before the US Supreme Court more than any other organization except the US Department of Justice.
3. From its first US Supreme Court case on Jan. 19, 1925 through Dec. 31, 1999 the ACLU was involved in 750 cases in the US Supreme Court. During those 75 years, the US Supreme Court sided with the ACLU 56.38% of the time.
5. Gitlow v. New York, decided on June 8, 1925, was the first case the ACLU brought before the US Supreme Court. It lost by a 7-2 vote.
6. The ACLU filed an amicus brief supporting Osama bin Laden’s former chauffer in a case regarding the constitutionality of military commissions. On June 29, 2006, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in favor of the ACLU’s side.
14. On Sep. 7, 2001, Anthony D. Romero became the first Latino and first openly gay man to be appointed as the ACLU's Executive Director.
15. In 2001, nine former ACLU leaders opposed the ACLU's position against the McCain-Feingold bill, a bill which added limitations on political campaign contributions and expenditures. The ACLU contended that such limits compromise free speech.
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