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Followers of Christ case exposes shift in law-enforcement relations
OregonLive.comNovember 1, 2011

The manslaughter trial of Dale and Shannon Hickman exposed a shift in the uneasy relationship between the Followers of Christ and Clackamas County law enforcement. Several years ago, the church and law enforcement reached an agreement that called for ...more »

Countries agree to secure Mekong River shipping
China DailyNovember 1, 2011

The meeting took place nearly one month after two cargo ships were attacked on October 5 which resulted in the murder of 13 Chinese sailors. "The participants agreed to take effective measures to step up efforts in joint investigation so as to uncover ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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High court case on GPS surveillance could break new ground
USA TodayNovember 2, 2011

The one group siding with the federal government, the New York-based Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, points to the cost benefits of satellite surveillance in tough financial times. It says GPS surveillance requires fewer personnel hours ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Court rules on Film Act case
Independent OnlineNovember 1, 2011

Welcoming the judgment, Sanef said it was “an important contribution to the growing body of law that recognises and protects the centrality of freedom of expression in general, and freedom of the press in particular to our democracy”. ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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HR Assistant
PersonnelToday.comNovember 16, 2011

The Ashley Kate HR is committed to the fair and equal treatment of potential and existing employees, candidates and clients irrespective of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, ...more »

Native Americans
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Two Freedom Riders speak in Great Falls today
Great Falls TribuneNovember 15, 2011

Two original Freedom Riders who participated in the movement to change American civil rights speak in Great Falls today and show clips from a new PBS film about their heroic tale. Montana PBS brings Bob and Helen Singleton along with Great Falls native...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Ryerson student takes veganism discrimination dispute to Human Rights Tribunal ...
National PostNovember 8, 2011

Correspondence from the school to Ms. Ketenci indicates it views the dispute as an academic matter, exempt from discrimination law. “There is no positive obligation on the school to expand course work to allow for the inclusion of all creed or faith ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Power of eminent domain and national interest
York News-TimesNovember 1, 2011

An important difference exists between invoking the power of eminent domain to construct a transmission-line, for example, to transport electrical power across the lands of a sovereign country to serve the needs and interests of the people who use that ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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How is sexual harassment defined by the law?
Gretawire (blog)November 2, 2011

In fiscal year 2010, the EEOC received 11717 charges of sexual harassment. On its website, the EEOC's guidelines state: ”Although the law doesn't prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Justice rethinks planned changes to FOIA policy
GovExec.comNovember 7, 2011

The Justice Department's recent decision to back off planned changes in Freedom of Information Act procedures is being cheered by lawmakers and a coalition of government transparency nonprofits. ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Leagle.comNovember 18, 2011

On appeal, Patterson argues that the trial court abused its discretion in admitting into evidence marijuana obtained as a result of an unlawful search and seizure. We affirm. On March 1, 2010, Officer Debra Dotson ("Officer Dotson") of the Indianapolis ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Bachmann slams Obama, GOP candidates as socialists at Family Research Council ...
Minnesota IndependentNovember 7, 2011

At a speech Monday hosted by the Family Research Council—a conservative Christian organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a hate group—US Rep. Michele Bachmann said she would defeat socialism, ...more »


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