Sign up for our free newsletter
Free D.C. news, delivered to your inbox daily.
The American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area may be in for a real battle in its attempt to overturn the District’s teen curfew law (See “Taking Liberties,” 2/2). The nonprofit American Alliance for Rights and Responsibilities (AARR) has enlisted the well-heeled law firm of Covington & Burling to bolster its effort to preserve the city’s curfew statute. Racking up a few pro bono hours, the firm filed a friend-of-the-court brief two weeks ago on AARR’s behalf, arguing that the District’s law, passed unanimously last year by the D.C. Council, has a “rational basis in addressing the rise of juvenile crime” and does not violate either the First or Fourth Amendments. Covington & Burling filed a similar brief in San Diego, which helped prompt a federal judge to reject the ACLU’s efforts to gut that city’s curfew bill early this year. A federal judge here will decide on March 26 whether the District’s curfew law stays or goes. CP