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Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Jaensch: Law changes aren't all equal
Adelaide NowFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination was one reason for the call for the existing clauses should be deleted! The committee also sought a prohibition of racial discrimination, but would allow positive discrimination laws designed to overcome Aboriginal disadvantages.more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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A Chance to See Disabilities as Assets
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Fewer people know that Berkeley also played a major role in the disability rights movement. It was here, also in the '60s, that Ed Roberts — a student with quadriplegia — became an outspoken advocate of the cause. I became aware of this after being ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Blakeney defends position on sexual orientation as House passes Human Rights ...
Royal GazetteFebruary 4, 2012

The Human Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, place of origin, skin colour, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, disability, religious beliefs or political opinions, or because someone has a criminal record, ...more »

Native Americans
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Book Talk: Unlikely friendship shines light on persecution
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

At the same time, particularly when dealing with matters as significant as the Holocaust and Civil Rights movement, I had an obligation to history, to try and get that right as well. But if you're too focused on all that you're not telling or all that ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Redmond pastor vows to fight same-sex marriage legislation; Eastside officials ...
Redmond ReporterFebruary 1, 2012

But to Hutcherson, the passage of the legislation would mean religious discrimination. Current laws do not allow for discrimination based on sexual orientation. But Hutcherson and others are concerned that if same-sex marriage is legalized some ...more »

Eminent Domain
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County to plow some city streets
Topeka Capital JournalFebruary 16, 2012

Eminent domain, meanwhile, requires an act of the Kansas Legislature. “No matter what happens on this, there will be no eminent domain,” Eckert said, adding that invoking eminent domain for economic development purposes is against the law.more »

Sexual Harassment
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5 Ways to Protect Yourself From Sexual Harassment at Work
JobmouseFebruary 1, 2012

Sad, but true, sexual harassment – more common than you may think – can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Knowing the facts is step #1 in protecting yourself. It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person's ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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America's Drones, Transparency, and Accountability
Council on Foreign Relations (blog)February 5, 2012

In October 2011, in response to a New York Times Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the legal memo that reportedly justifies the killing of US citizens, the Department of Justice responded that it “neither confirms nor denies the existence ...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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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 »


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