Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in February, 2012

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Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

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Affirmative Action
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French council to review genocide denial law
CNNFebruary 1, 2012

By Saskya Vandoorne and Ivan Watson, CNN Paris (CNN) -- French lawmakers have asked the country's constitutional council to examine a new law that punishes the denial of genocide with fines and prison time. The French Senate said Wednesday that 65 ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Contraception mandate outrages religious groups
Long Island PressFebruary 3, 2012

The regulation, finalized a week ago, raises a complex and sensitive legal question: Which institutions qualify as religious and can be exempt from the mandate? For a church, mosque or synagogue, the answer is mostly straightforward.more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Ferndale Group to Host School Bond Issue Forum on Sunday
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

... a community that is dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of all residents and visitors regardless of sexual orientation, race, color, religion, gender, age, height, weight, familial status, national origin, physical or mental disability.more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Post SOPA, it's time to protest ACTA (on Feb. 11)
msnbc.comFebruary 4, 2012

In the end, U.S. lawmakers agreed to withdraw the SOPA and PIPA bills, legislation that free speech advocates and tech companies said would crush Internet freedom and inspire frivolous lawsuits. Well, don't exhale just yet.more »

Religious Discrimination
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Opposing points of view: Dismissal was not about religion, but about educating ...
Detroit Free PressFebruary 2, 2012

By Walter Kraft The case of Julea Ward has never been about religion or religious discrimination. It is not about homosexuality or sexual orientation. This case, in which former Eastern Michigan University graduate student Julea Ward has sued the ...more »

Eminent Domain
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DeFazio bill would prohibit eminent domain to take land for LNG export ...
The RepublicFebruary 9, 2012

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/z1RpdK) that the Oregon Democrat wants to take away the power of eminent domain for assembling the pipeline right of way. But he says the prospects for passage are slim. The Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay and ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Star casino sacks top exec over sexual harassment claims
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

It is understood the statement refers to one of more incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace. The annoucement comes just weeks after The Star received a clean bill of health and had its licence renewed by the casino authority NSW government.more »

Freedom Of Information
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Congress exempt from several federal laws
The Associated PressFebruary 2, 2012

___ The Congressional Accountability Act applied the following provisions to the legislative branch: —The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. —The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. —Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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A sobering bill
The Keene SentinelFebruary 2, 2012

... are operated by state and local police agencies dozens of times a year throughout the Granite State, unfairly place the concern for public safety on the roads above constitutional rights that protect citizens from unlawful searches and seizures.more »

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