Caleb Poirier

David M. Blanchard

Case Conclusion Date:January 5, 2010

Practice Area:Civil Rights

Outcome:Trespassing charges were dismissed

Description:Michigan State Police troopers arrested Poirier in early September at the Ann Arbor-Saline park-and-ride lot, where the tent community had been set up. He was charged with trespassing. The ACLU argues punishing "harmless life-sustaining conduct," such as sleeping in public, constitutes "cruel and/or unusual punishment" under the U.S. and Michigan constitutions.