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

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Families celebrate New Year's in Homewood
SouthtownStarJanuary 1, 2012

“This is really a great way for families to celebrate,” Allisa Opyd, events coordinator, said. “Each year it has grown to be a bigger family event.” Homewood resident Christina Petrovic said her mother-in-law, Lynn Petrovic, made sure it was a bigger ...more »

The good, bad and ugly was on display in 2011
Norwich BulletinJanuary 1, 2012

Buscetto filed a wrongful termination suit in October. By MARC ALLARD It is the first day of 2012, and we celebrate the onset of the New Year with a look back at the year that was and a glance forward. There was good, bad and ugly in 2011 on the local ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Anti-LGBT constitution, 'family protection law' in Hungary come into force
LGBTQ NationJanuary 4, 2012

By Dan Littauer BUDAPEST — Tens of thousands of LGBT people joined the opposition parties Monday in Budapest, Hungary for mass protests against the country's new anti-gay Constitution and Law. On January 1, a new homophobic constitution and law came ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Romney plays for evangelical support before South Carolina Debate
msnbc.comJanuary 16, 2012

The Vice President of the United States declares that he doesn't have a problem with central planning bureaucrats making governmental law telling you that you do not have the right, the freedom to have a second child ... a government that enforces that ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Bloomberg BNA Books Announces the Publication of "Workplace Harassment Law"
MarketWatch (press release)January 20, 2012

The treatise also discusses harassment based on gender, race or color, national origin, religion, age, disability, association, and proximity. It starts with a history of workplace harassment, analyzing legislation that has come to define workplace ...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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Christians at Risk: A Jew's Concern, Part II*
AlgemeinerJanuary 2, 2012

It focused on deadly assaults on Christians and their churches, while authoritative sources, including the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, document patterns of discrimination against Coptic Christians. A result has been the steady ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Hercules to pour more money into transit center project
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 1, 2012

In an August interview with this newspaper, Hercules Bayfront principal Jim Anderson said the letter was primarily a defensive move against eminent domain, a tack that a previous city administration flirted with in late 2010 as a possible means to ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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A list of female Mounties who have alleged sexual harassment in the force
The ProvinceJanuary 6, 2012

By Vivian Luk, The Province January 5, 2012 10:06 PM A number of Mounties have come forward in recent years about having to endure sexual harassment in the workforce, which some have called an “old boys' club.” Many of the Mounties have filed, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Stoke City fans hit by match day parking fines
Stoke & StaffordshireJanuary 2, 2012

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that more fines are being issued in streets and car parks near the Britannia Stadium than anywhere else outside Hanley. Between August 2010 and October 2011, 157 penalties alone were issued on ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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5 charged in Magnolia drug investigation
WGMD RadioJanuary 7, 2012

Five men were arrested as the result of a two month investigation into the illegal sale of drugs in the Magnolia area. State Police and the Kent County Drug Unit executed two search warrants – at homes on South Draper and Stevenson Drives. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Communist-era official gets suspended 2-year prison term over martial law in ...
Washington PostJanuary 12, 2012

Despite the martial law attempt, the nationwide Solidarity freedom movement, led by Lech Walesa, nonetheless prevailed and led the way to a peaceful transfer to democracy in 1989. Jaruzelski argues the clampdown prevented Soviet intervention. ...more »

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