Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in December, 2011

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Food poisoning cases haven't cut appetite for 'yakiniku' raw meat cuts
The Japan TimesDecember 1, 2011

Even the risk of fatal food poisoning isn't enough to stop some diehard customers of "yakiniku" grills from ordering raw meat dishes. Handle with care: An employee at a "yakiniku" grillroom shows a plate of "yukke" shredded uncooked beef ...more »

Through life and law
The Herald ArgusDecember 1, 2011

At the moment, Lewis and Roule's work consists of state planning, drafting, trusts, real estate and contract work. Since neither attorney wanted to retire entirely, they lightened their work load but continue to stay active and work to help their ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Occupy Boston case a test of free speech
The Boston GlobeDecember 4, 2011

“There are no facts that have ripened into a real case because the Boston City Council and the mayor don't yet want to evict the occupiers,'' said Richard Albert, a professor of constitutional law at Boston College. “Seems to me the most prudent thing ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Lawsuit claims dentist stifled patients' free speech rights
DrBicuspid.comDecember 1, 2011

Before treatment, Lee was asked to sign several forms, including a "Mutual Agreement to Maintain Privacy" that claimed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) contains "loopholes" that allow dentists to use patient information ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Friends of Rainka defend inclusion, preservation of LGBTs rights in Zambian ...
Zambian WatchdogDecember 30, 2011

... sex, racial or ethnic origin, political opinion, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.” These articles make no exception for cases where the policy or opinion is linked to expression of sexual orientation and gender identity, ...more »

Native Americans
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Songs, prayers for judge in rally on eve of immigration law hearing
The StateDecember 19, 2011

By JOHN MONK - jmonk@thestate.com More than 300 people of faith came to the State House Sunday to underscore support for a legal challenge to South Carolina's new tougher immigration law. Demonstrators sang the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Women's rights at risk
Tampabay.comDecember 1, 2011

Nothing in the federal health care law requires women to use contraception — only that this basic medical service be accessible through health care plans. And religious groups have every right to encourage members to abstain from using contraception ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Pocatello City Council Approves the Use of Eminent Domain for South Valley ...
KPVI News 6December 2, 2011

Thursday night, the Pocatello City Council put their foot down and voted to give to allow the city to use all means necessary to get this project completed and that includes the use of eminent domain. In a unanimous vote, The Pocatello City Council ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Contact 17 Investigation: California Education Code doesn't follow state law
KGET 17December 2, 2011

When a student grabs a female classmate's breasts, the state penal code says that is sexual assault. But, the California Education Code says it is sexual harassment. Back in August, a group of boys at Fruitvale Junior High ran up to some girls at lunch ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Presentation on Maine's Freedom of Access Act
Freepress OnlineDecember 8, 2011

Jim Campbell, a board member of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition will discuss the act and how it can help Mainers get information. He will review the key elements of the law, exceptions to the types of information that are available, ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Lackawanna County detectives: Bloods street gang member had heroin, two ...
Scranton Times-TribuneDecember 8, 2011

Possession of body armor during the commission of or attempt to commit a felony - in Mr. Smith's case, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance - constitutes a separate felony offense of the third degree, unlawful body armor, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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At UConn, Teaming Pledge and Anthem, to Mixed Reviews
New York TimesDecember 5, 2011

Douglas Laycock, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and an authority on the law of religious liberty, said UConn's policy was “problematic but probably entirely legal” as long as the pledge remained voluntary. ...more »

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