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

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Poorer schools not getting fair share of funding
Washington TimesDecember 1, 2011

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says “children who need more are getting less.” A new report found inequitable Title 1 funding between poorer schools and wealthier ones. (Associated Press) Loopholes in federal education law have allowed ...more »

Teen in police-brutality case found not guilty of misdemeanor
Indianapolis StarDecember 1, 2011

Brandon Johnson, 17, was charged in March, after police raided his family's Eastside home. The charge stemmed from a picture of a gun Johnson allegedly had on his cell phone, and his attorney insisted at the time the charge was filed that Johnson did ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Battles Over The Permanent EU Rescue Fund Underscore The Major Flaw Of The ...
Business InsiderDecember 8, 2011

But eliminating Finland's power to veto the proposal might violate the Finnish constitution, according to Finnish broadcasting outlet YLE. Finnish constitutional law expert Kaarlo Tuori spoke to the Parliament's Constitutional Law Committee today, ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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'Major' free-speech flap at Suffolk Law
The PhoenixDecember 2, 2011

On Veterans Day, Suffolk Law School gave us a lesson in the glories — and pitfalls — that come with living with a legal and moral tradition of free speech. Unfortunately, US Army Reserves ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Pushing back against bullying
Catskill Daily MailDecember 9, 2011

... website noting that it covers, “but (is) not limited to, different races, weights, national origins, ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identity or expression, and sexes. ...more »

Native Americans
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Prison changes inmate mail policy after lawsuit
NECNDecember 18, 2011

Inmate William Diaz-Wassmer says prison officials are withholding letters written in Spanish by the Guatemala native's friends and family. The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a lawsuit in June that says the prison's policy violates ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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LGBT group boycotts Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign
God DiscussionDecember 3, 2011

In 2001, the organization tried to extract a resolution from the White House that they could ignore local non-discrimination laws that protected LGBT people. While the commitment would have applied to all employees, the group claimed that it needed the ...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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9-year-old's 'cute' letter harassment suspension: New details raise bar
msnbc.comDecember 6, 2011

By msnbc.com staff There's more to the widely reported story of the 9-year-old North Carolina student whose mother says he was suspended for sexual harassment for calling his teacher "cute." In addition to the comment about the teacher, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Wilton Teachers Contract Enters Binding Arbitration
Patch.comDecember 1, 2011

Hearing to be open to public, as per recent change in Freedom of Information rules, according to report. By Patrick Barnard On top of aging school facilities that need upgrading the Wilton School District is also facing a future rise in teacher ...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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Don't bypass nation's religious freedom
Tulsa WorldDecember 8, 2011

While many may feel they have a heavenly duty to press forward with their mission of global conversion, the very laws that allowed their religious freedoms to flourish will now protect others from any intentions that might grow oppressive. ...more »

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