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Las Vegas man indicted in sports betting investigation
Las Vegas Review-JournalDecember 1, 2011

A Las Vegas area man tied to the sports betting operation ACME Group Trading has been indicted on charges of violating federal currency transaction laws. Robert Walker, 43, was charged with four counts of causing a financial institution ...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 »

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Affirmative Action
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Simelane's decisions invalid: law expert
Times LIVEDecember 1, 2011

All decisions Menzi Simelane took as head of public prosecutions have been rendered invalid by the appeal court ruling setting aside his appointment, according to constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos. "All decisions he has taken have now become ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Walker administration would charge protesters for police, cleanup
Milwaukee Journal SentinelDecember 2, 2011

The rules, which several legal experts said raised some free speech concerns, seemed likely to add to the controversy that has simmered all year over handling demonstrations in the state's elegant seat of government. The policy, which also requires ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Interviewing job applicants: What to ask, what not to ask
Agri-ViewDecember 1, 2011

Instead, rephrase the question: "To what professional organizations-except those that indicate race, religion, color or national origin-do you belong?" Be careful when addressing arrest and conviction records. According to the UW AgVentures resources, ...more »

Native Americans
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Probe sought for police pepper-spraying haka in US
NBCSports.comDecember 7, 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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News, Analysis, Opinion On Gay Rights And Marriage Equality
The New Civil Rights MovementDecember 5, 2011

Consider that Plaintiff Rabbi Leiter on his Torah Jews for Decency website calls gay human beings “deviants” and derides their complaints about discrimination as “sob stories.” Consider that Plaintiff Reverend McGuire during radio broadcasts says ...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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Panel says Dann should lose law license for six months
Columbus DispatchDecember 6, 2011

Dann, who resigned in 2008 because of a sexual-harassment scandal, later pleaded guilty to a crime committed in office — which caught the attention of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline. Dann's “position as the attorney general of ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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NEWS | SAN DIEGO Active Network program launched by NARA
San Diego Source (subscription)December 5, 2011

... Network (NYSE: ACTV), a provider of organization-based cloud computing applications, announced Monday that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) launched one of the company's programs to aid in Freedom of Information Act requests. ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Obama, Congress back legalization of a police state
World Socialist Web SiteDecember 16, 2011

These amendments spelled out basic democratic freedoms—including freedom of speech and of the press; freedom from unreasonable search and seizure; the right to due process; and the right of anyone accused of a crime to a speedy and public trial by an ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Retired High Court Justice Potter Stewart Dies at 70
Washington PostDecember 4, 2011

On the other hand, he said, the Constitution is “neither a Freedom of Information Act nor an Official Secrets Act.” Consistent with those views, Justice Stewart joined the court's 1971 ruling upholding the right of the press to publish the Pentagon ...more »


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