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Rafferty touts record in bid for attorney general
Daily Local NewsDecember 1, 2011

Rafferty said his background in private business, as a local government official, his work in the Philadelphia district attorney's office, three years as a deputy state attorney general and nine years in the legislature put him ahead of all the other ...more »

Dirty issue of health and safety surfaces in debate on river clean-up
Irish TimesDecember 1, 2011

Proposing change to the scope of strict liability after June 2013, Löfstedt said such interpretations of the law are “not in line with the concept of 'reasonably practicable', nor is it clear that it is what was intended”. Back on the Isle of Wight, ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Texas Law Firm Launches Criminal Record Expungement
Sacramento BeeDecember 5, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Egypt's election could result in strict religious laws
The TennesseanDecember 3, 2011

Hamed, the Nour Party spokesman, said democracy can't pass laws that contradict religion. “We endorse Egyptian democracy,” he said. “However, I don't give absolute freedom to people to legislate to themselves and decide on what is right or wrong. ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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63 Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Asian TribuneDecember 1, 2011

It says “everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other ...more »

Native Americans
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Police cleared for pepper-spraying haka
Sydney Morning HeraldDecember 8, 2011

But the Utah branch of the American Civil Liberties Union said the police report was "anything but objective" in a letter sent this week to Duchesne County Attorney Stephen Foote. The ACLU was concerned that the decision to pepper spray during a ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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John Conyers Asks Attorney General To Review Michigan Emergency Manager Law
Huffington PostDecember 2, 2011

A version of the emergency manager law has been on the books in Michigan since 1988, but Public Act 4, passed by the majority Republican legislature and signed by Snyder in March, grants further-reaching powers to the governor and appointees. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Boulder seeks eminent domain authority to force land sale near airport
Daily CameraDecember 3, 2011

The Boulder City Council is poised to authorize the use of eminent domain to force a Boulder County property owner to sell his land in order to preserve future federal funding for the Boulder Municipal Airport. ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Boy accused of sexual harassment following fight
The Boston GlobeDecember 2, 2011

Tasha Lynch's son, Mark Curran, 7, is being investigated for sexual harassment after striking another boy in the groin. A Boston elementary school is investigating a 7-year-old first-grader for sexual harassment after he struck another ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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The City of Detroit refused to release records this week from a controversial ...
Detroit Free PressDecember 1, 2011

The Law Department, which is part of the Bing administration, denied a Free Press request under the Freedom of Information Act to access records that reveal what was said during the Oct. 26 closed meeting, which attorneys and some council members said ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Over 150 Illegal Weapons Seized from Sofia Citizen
Novinite.comDecember 16, 2011

Over 150 firearms were seized, including 63 revolvers, 52 pistols, 25 carbines and 16 rifles, two machine pistols, an almost full Kalashnikov rifle kit and 1500 pieces of ammunition of different calibers. A substantial part of the confiscated illegal...more »

Freedom Of Press
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In Turkey, Biden touts political freedoms
NewsdayDecember 3, 2011

Nation Newsday > News > Nation In Turkey, Biden touts political freedoms Originally published: December 3, 2011 6:44 AM Updated: December 3, 2011 1:35 PM By The Associated Press CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA (Associated Press) ISTANBUL - (AP) -- A free political ...more »


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