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Gray, others ordered to testify in DC Lottery lawsuit
Washington TimesNovember 1, 2011

A federal judge has compelled Mayor Vincent C. Gray and two council members to testify about a controversial lottery contract awarded in 2008. The order by US District Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson means Mr. Gray and member ...more »

Roosters costing taxpayers a fortune
KRQENovember 1, 2011

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) - Some roosters are evidence in a misdemeanor cockfighting case, but keeping them alive so they can be presented in court is costing taxpayers a small fortune. The total is more than $100000 so far. On Monday, a Santa Fe judge ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Vote Tuesday could put state on path to legal sports betting
Packet OnlineNovember 3, 2011

”The court noted that sports gambling is illegal in New Jersey, hence, there is no imminent threat that anyone will seek to enforce the federal law in New Jersey,” the LWV paper said. If the constitutional amendment is approved, the federal courts may ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Judge Was Right on Abortion Law
Southern Pines PilotNovember 2, 2011

What does free speech have to do with abortion? Plenty, a federal judge has said in ruling on a North Carolina case. And she makes perfect sense. US District Judge Catherine Eagles, sitting in Greensboro, upheld most of the so-called Women's Right to ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Twenty Ealing children waiting to be adopted or fostered
Ealing TimesNovember 6, 2011

The situation is said to mirror the national picture, with most of of those looking for adoptive families being of black or mixed-race origins. The majority are aged between two and seven, and more than half are in groups with brothers and sisters who ...more »

Native Americans
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Higher Education Academics Say Disaggregation Key to Fighting 'Model Minority ...
Diverse: Issues in Higher EducatioNovember 1, 2011

For African-Americans in the 20th century, few civil rights challenges took on greater importance than the issue of desegregation. For Asian-Americans in the 21st century, one of the most important issues in the arena of civil rights is increasingly ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Religion does matter in the election process
Auburn CitizenNovember 1, 2011

Furthermore, powerful religious lobbies support some candidates and work against others. I maintain that, although our Constitution demands that discrimination against diverse religious beliefs must not be codified in law, it is, nonetheless, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Mississippi 'Personhood' Law, Other State Ballot Issues On The Line In Tuesday ...
Huffington PostNovember 8, 2011

Also in Mississippi, a proposed constitutional amendment would prohibit the government from taking private property by eminent domain and transferring it to other people. In Arizona, Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, architect of the immigration ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Franklin County judge sues woman who accused him of sexual harassment
Columbus DispatchNovember 2, 2011

By Stephanie Czekalinski Franklin County Environmental Court Judge Harland H. Hale is suing the woman who accused him of sexual harassment. Hale filed a civil suit on Friday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court against Brenda Williams, her attorney ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Law enforces use data to 'follow' passengers
Herald SunNovember 7, 2011

Ticketing system staff have handed over dossiers on 33 commuters since January 2010, figures obtained under Freedom Of Information laws reveal. Most data requests are made by email and not one has been refused, documents released to the Herald Sun show ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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3 Occupy Portland demonstrators arrested with incendiary devices
Statesman JournalNovember 14, 2011

A traffic stop led to the arrest of three Klamath Falls men and the seizure of incendiary devices, gas masks and fireworks, authorities said. According to a news release, Marion County sheriff's deputy Ryan Postlewait on Sunday morning pulled over a ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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FBI says end near in civil rights-era prosecutions
Seattle Post IntelligencerNovember 6, 2011

But Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center says it was clear from the outset that "most of the cases that were solvable have been solved." Even without new prosecutions, he says, a page has been turned. "I think there is some utility in closing ...more »

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