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2011 Year in Review, Police & Courts: Diaz, Cazares sentenced; manhunt ends ...
Quincy Herald WhigJanuary 1, 2012

At the same hearing, Marion County Prosecutor Tom Redington presented Blue Ryno checks signed by Oswalt and made payable to criminal defense attorneys representing Oswalt's daughter in Missouri and Illinois drug cases, as well to her daughter's ...more »

Facebook flirting triggers divorces
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

Facebook was cited as a reason for a third of divorces last year in which unreasonable behaviour was a factor, according to law firm Divorce-Online . The firm said it had seen a 50% jump in the number of behaviour-based divorce petitions that contained ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Critics decry Hungary's new constitution
NinemsnJanuary 1, 2012

Under the new constitution, the country will no longer be known as "Republic of Hungary" but simply "Hungary." Critics say the law curbs constitutional court powers, threatens media pluralism and ends judicial independence, while accompanying cardinal ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Citizen Bopp
The American ProspectJanuary 2, 2012

The James Madison Center for Free Speech, which Bopp set up in 1997 to help fund campaign--finance litigation, passes through to his firm almost all of the money it receives: Since 2006, the nonprofit has raised $1.88 million, with $1.86 million paid ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Fairhaven schools to hold screenings / AdvocateJanuary 5, 2012

... the Special Education Department at 508-979-4000, ext. 117. Referrals are accepted throughout the year. Fairhaven Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, handicap, sexual orientation, race, religion, creed, gender, or national origin.more »

Native Americans
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Jan. 4 is an important date on tribal calendars
NewsOK.comJanuary 4, 2012

It followed more than a decade of change influenced by American Indian activism, the civil rights movement and grassroots political groups. In the 37 years since that signing, tribal governments have dramatically regained strength — politically, ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Islamic Law Is Destructive to 'Unalienable Rights'
NewsMax.comJanuary 21, 2012

The court stated “When the law that voters wish to enact is likely unconstitutional, their interests do not outweigh Mr. Awad's in having his constitutional rights protected.” Awad argued that the ban on Islamic law would likely affect every aspect of ...more »

Eminent Domain
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County Officials, Legislators Brace for Battle on Eminent-Domain Amendment
Sun GazetteJanuary 4, 2012

The high court ruled that governments have the power to exercise “eminent domain” to take private property for a wide array of uses, including economic-development efforts. The proposed Virginia constitutional amendment would make it both more complex ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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South-central Kansas school district rejects claim that teacher harassed student
The RepublicJanuary 7, 2012

A south-central Kansas school district is rejecting claims that one of its teachers sexually harassed a student. The Hutchinson News ( reported that an unidentified plaintiff claims the harassment occurred before her 2007 ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Taking stock of FOI
Cayman 27January 5, 2012

Mrs. Dilbert and her deputy are keeping watch on how public authorities comply with the Freedom of Information Law. “I really feel that FOI has made a significant difference,” Mrs. Dilbert said. While she feels there've been gains over the past three ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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US Supreme Court asked to ponder drug dog's sniff
The Associated PressJanuary 3, 2012

He pleaded not guilty and his attorney challenged the search, claiming Franky's sniff outside the front door was an unconstitutional law enforcement intrusion into the home. The trial judge agreed and threw out the evidence seized in the search, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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President Ma's 2012 New Year's Day message
Focus Taiwan News ChannelJanuary 1, 2012

During that period, they called for parliamentary reform; rescinding martial law; lifting the ban on establishing newspapers and magazines; as well as true freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly and association. ...more »


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