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In Boon to Palm Coast, Appeals Court Rules Red-Light Cameras Legal Even ...
FlaglerLive.comDecember 1, 2011

The city countered that penalties were code infractions rather than criminal infractions, and that they were non-moving violations, even though a vehicle had to be moving to trigger such a violation. A trial court ruled in favor of Masone, saying state ...more »

Downers Grove man gets year in prison for failing to pay $260K in taxes
Chicago TribuneDecember 1, 2011

... Conforti Construction Co. was sentenced today in US District Court after pleading guilty in September to one count of filing a false federal income tax return, according to a press release issued by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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George Will: Supreme Court should hear racial preferences case
GoErie.comDecember 5, 2011

It struck down the undergraduate policies as too mechanistic in emphasizing race but upheld the law school's pursuit of educational benefits from a "critical mass" of certain approved minorities. The details of the Texas policies are less important ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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City in strong position in Occupy Boston lawsuit, scholars say
The Boston GlobeDecember 4, 2011

Scholars agree that “speech'' is defined more broadly by the courts than just words shouted from atop a soapbox and that political acts can fit under the definition. “There's no doubt they're exercising their freedom of expression,'' Boston College law...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Texas Macy's Employee Fired for Allegedly Violating Store's LGBT Policy
ABC News (blog)December 8, 2011

This includes customers of all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, faith traditions, countries of origins and lifestyle preferences. We strive to ensure that each customer is able to shop in a discrimination-free environment.” Asked if she would handle ...more »

Native Americans
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Opinion: Join Rally for Voting Rights
Patch.comDecember 5, 2011

Reports show these laws disproportionately impact African-Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, seniors, students, working women and immigrants. “We are in the midst of the greatest coordinated legislative attack on voting rights since ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Defining and Defending Religious Freedom
Patheos (blog)December 2, 2011

Concerns about religious or faith-related organizations being forced by anti-discrimination laws to hire people in same-sex marriages or to pay for benefits for same-sex couples must be put into perspective. All workers, everywhere, deserve these ...more »

Eminent Domain
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CRMWD To Use Eminent Domain In Pipeline Construction Process 12/08/11
KOSADecember 8, 2011

According to the Odessa American, the Colorado River Municipal Water District Board of Directors have agreed to use the power of eminent domain in planning for the new 45-mile pipe to deliver water from Ward County to Ector County. ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sex pest ruling dismays activists
Independent OnlineDecember 4, 2011

She said research showed that about 76 percent of women experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. The complainant declined to comment. Her legal representative, Greg Duncan, would say only that civil proceedings were still pending. ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Perils of parking: A city on the hook
The Boston GlobeDecember 4, 2011

Also on the top 10 list of towing hot spots are three other pharmacy parking lots in Allston, South Boston, and the South End; Commercial Wharf West, a block-long private street near the North End; the Whole Foods near the Boston-Brookline border; ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Wyden Seeks Probe of FBI Use of Carrier IQ
KTVZDecember 17, 2011

Under the Fourth Amendment, every American is protected against unlawful search or seizure by the government. We appreciate your timely response to this important matter as we seek to ensure that Americans' constitutional rights are not being violated.more »

Freedom Of Press
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Egypt's ElBaradei: Liberals 'decimated' in vote
The Associated PressDecember 4, 2011

The High Election Commission announced that the Islamic fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party garnered 36.6 percent of the 9.7 million valid ballots cast last week for party lists. The Nour Party, representing the more hard-line ...more »


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