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Former Minister Paroled after Child Sex Abuse Conviction
KATVFebruary 1, 2012

A state representative wants to make sure the law that allowed his release is changed. David Pierce worked at First Baptist Church for about 3-decades. He was beloved and looked up to by many members, but in 2009 men started coming forward with details ...more »

Celebrating a Labour icon
VanguardFebruary 1, 2012

Chief Wogu proceeded to the then Imo State University for his legal study, and finished in 1986 and proceeded to the Nigeria Law School in 1987. In preparation for the onerous task he is now saddled with, Chief Emeka Wogu was appointed a two-term ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Our View: It's time Supreme Court clarified legality of state's emergency ...
Adrian Daily TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

The court did rule, finding that most of the law was valid. Similar cases include Gov. Jennifer Granholm skipping the Court of Appeals during Kwame Kilpatrick's removal when she wanted to confirm her constitutional power to remove officials from office ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Civil Rights Attorneys Respond to City of Austin's Renewed Attack on the Civil ...
Christian News Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

If it were, it would be unnecessary because those laws already exist. It is instead a thinly-veiled imposition of unconstitutional 'government speech' and the restriction of the free speech of non-commercial organizations, like Austin LifeCare, ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Senate Vote Nixes Protection For Idaho Gays, Lesbians
LocalNews8.comFebruary 10, 2012

Current anti-discrimination law protects a person "on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin," and age and disability in some cases. "We're talking about the ability to survive when it comes to employment and housing, ...more »

Native Americans
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Rights set for American Indian medical care
Tulsa Native American TimesFebruary 16, 2012

16 February 2012 AP DENVER (AP) – A civil rights complaint that a Colorado Native American woman did not get proper medical treatment has been settled. The settlement between the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Southwest Health Systems Inc.more »

Religious Discrimination
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Michigan Islamic Academy weighs options as Justice Department reviews ...
AnnArbor.comFebruary 5, 2012

Do we stay at this location and see what happens with legal action against the township? This is something we're still debating internally and weighing our options,” he said. Nahlawi said the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has an attorney ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Sewer services land deal eyed
Record-SearchlightFebruary 5, 2012

Greenview Development Co., one of the Westridge developers, asked the city to begin the eminent domain process after the company was unable to convince property owner William Cox to sell his land for the easement, assistant city attorney Lynette ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Attorneys for Rapids wrestlers say alleged victim made story up to fit in
MyFox WausauFebruary 1, 2012

By Alex Haight, Anchor, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email The lawyers for the four Lincoln High School wrestlers at the center of a sexual harassment investigation say the alleged victim made the story up to fit in. Zak Benitz, Devin Peterson, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Steve Jobs FBI file pulled with Freedom of Information Act
SlashGearFebruary 9, 2012

Because of the Freedom of Information Act's rules, the FBI was required to pull the file and send it over to Morisy in full. Of course the PDF does have personal information knocked out of it, as it should, and there are some rather lengthy blocks ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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OSHP troopers seize nearly 2000 illegal pills and saving bonds in Findlay
Youngstown VindicatorFebruary 10, 2012

FINDLAY, Ohio — A man and woman from Toledo face felony charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 1928 illegal prescription pills and 154 US savings bonds with a face value of $15400 after a traffic stop in Hancock County.more »

Freedom Of Press
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Islamic Circle of North America believes first amendment applies to only them
Examiner.comFebruary 7, 2012

... the strategy that opposition to sharia law is supposedly an infringement on the first amendment protection of religious freedom. The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Kansas City chapter sent out a press release in which in-part they stated, ...more »

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