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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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I Was Denied Legal Help, Kasab Tells Apex Court
Daijiworld.comFebruary 1, 2012

The amicus curiae told the court that an accused was not just offered his right but he was informed of the right under the constitution and law. When the court observed that "you can say it was a formal compliance" of the provisions of the criminal ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Twitter: When Freedom of Speech Collides with Business Interests
China BriefingFebruary 3, 2012

Advocates for freedom of speech have found Twitter's new policy hard to accept. Reporters without Borders, a France-based international non-governmental organization that support freedom of the press and information, expressed concern over Twitter's ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Google Ends Mortgage Ads; Streamlines to be Nixed from FHA Compare...
Mortgage News DailyFebruary 7, 2012

This is part of a trend that has seen the Obama administration escalate efforts to help US borrowers-in addition to the finalization of the foreclosure and loan abuses settlements, a new state and federal unit has been created to investigate ...more »

Native Americans
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The Librotraficante Behind the Movement to Smuggle "Wetbooks" Back Into Arizona
Huffington Post (blog)February 7, 2012

Courses or classes for Native American pupils that are required to comply with federal law." The rest of the wording goes on to describe--more or less--several federally protected classes. So far African-American and Asian American studies remain alive ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Guest column: Court protects religious freedom
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

She and the federal government sued the school, arguing that she had been fired in violation of the American with Disabilities Act, a neutral law of general applicability. The school argued that it had the religious freedom to dismiss her for violating ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Eminent domain process nears conclusion
CU Columbia SpectatorFebruary 6, 2012

Eminent domain law governs the capacity of the state to seize private property for the “public good” in exchange for market-rate compensation. In January 2009, Sprayregen and Singh and Kaur filed separate lawsuits against the ESDC, protesting its ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Vicksburg mayor accused of sexual harassment
Jackson Clarion LedgerFebruary 2, 2012

AP JACKSON — The former chief of staff for Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has sued him for sexual harassment. Kenya Burks contends in the lawsuit that she had a consensual relationship with Winfield, but he wouldn't take no for an answer and continued ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Canadian Security Allowed Use Of Intel Gained Through Torture
Eurasia ReviewFebruary 8, 2012

The Canadian Press obtained a copy of that directive under Canada's version of the Freedom of Information Act — Access to Information Act. According to those who've seen the document, it stipulated that in “exceptional circumstances where there is a ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Police: Assault rifle, ammunition, and drugs confiscated in raid on house in ...
TribLocalFebruary 1, 2012

... services team executed a search warrant in the 1700 block of Monroe Street as part of an illegal drug investigation, said Parrott. He said that in addition to the rifle and ammunition, police also seized approximately 115 grams of cannabis, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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NYPD: Spies, lies and propaganda films
AltmuslimahFebruary 3, 2012

They are also demanding independent community oversight of the NYPD as a series of Associated Press and New York Times reports have alleged that under Kelly the department not only overstepped legal and ethical boundaries by spying on its citizens, ...more »


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