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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 »

When entitlement to leave lapses under EU law – a neverending story?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Under German law, the statutory minimum entitlement to leave is four weeks per year. However, six weeks' paid annual leave is often agreed under collective bargaining agreements or in employment contracts. For example, if an employee is unable to work ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Chemerinsky: New Hurdles for Civil Rights Cases
ABA JournalFebruary 1, 2012

In Minneci v. Pollard, the US Supreme Court held Jan. 10 that prison guards at private prisons contracting with the federal government cannot be sued for constitutional violations where state tort law provides a remedy. In 1971's Bivens v.more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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US free speech faces Islamic blasphemy law pressure, analyst says
Catholic News AgencyFebruary 4, 2012

In the US, Marshall observed, courts generally uphold the First Amendment's free speech protections. But he said that America is still threatened by blasphemy laws, and cited efforts by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to promote international ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Another take on the "trans rights" bill
Xtra.caFebruary 23, 2012

The trans community has made important legal, political, and social advances in the past decade, perhaps best exemplified by the passage last year through the House of Commons of Bill C-389, which added gender identity and gender expression to Canada's ...more »

Native Americans
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Utah Valley University names recipient of business ethics award
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

The Provo native is noted for work related to civil rights and democracy in the Middle East, according to a statement from UVU, which will present the honor at an event beginning at 1 pm Feb. 14 in Room 120 of the UVU Library.more »

Religious Discrimination
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Va. House approves bill allowing private adoption agencies to discriminate...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

The Virginia Board of Social Services in December adopted regulations allowing discrimination by private agencies based on personal factors, including gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and family status.more »

Eminent Domain
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UT regents clear way for Austin flagship to purchase Players restaurant
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 9, 2012

By Ralph KM Haurwitz SAN ANTONIO — In 2004, the University of Texas System Board of Regents authorized the Austin flagship to use eminent domain to acquire a restaurant for a parking garage next to a planned hotel and conference center.more »

Sexual Harassment
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Vicksburg Mayor: Sex Allegation Not True
WJTVFebruary 2, 2012

In her complaint, Burks alleges unlawful sexual harassment by her direct supervisor, Mayor Paul Winfield. "We believe that we're going to have some video, text messages and some cell phone tower records to illustrate that the mayor was with Ms. Burks ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Cuomo appointee to police Cuomo administration
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

Fiore has cited a provision of executive law that allows the powerful ethics board to act in unannounced, closed-door meetings and deny release of public records under the state Freedom of Information Law. —Copyright 2012 Associated Press This copy is ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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James Webster Charged With Selling Stolen Guns In Illegal Home Pawnshop
WFMY News 2February 10, 2012

Law enforcement learned that items stolen in the break-ins had allegedly been sold to an illegal pawn shop operated by Webster from his home in Yanceyville. In 2010 search of Webster's home agents allegedly seized more than 40 firearms and numerous ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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EU concerned over rising scribe arrests
Hurriyet Daily News (press release)February 3, 2012

... monitoring the matter of press freedom in Turkey. “The right to freedom of expression is undermined by the large number of legal cases and investigations against journalists, writers, academics and human rights defenders,” Füle said in a Jan.more »


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