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

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Could guns be battered women's answer to domestic violence?
Today's ZamanJanuary 1, 2012

This week, the very same group that advocated sitting around the table as a means of dealing with domestic violence less than two decades ago is proposing that women in fear of their lives should be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to cut down ...more »

The top stories of 2011
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 1, 2012

On a particularly bad evening, more than 130 staff members spent the night at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, unable to leave. The hospital also leased four 4-wheel-drive vehicles to pick up other staff members. 3. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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US Supreme Court may put off ruling on health-care law
Palm Beach PostJanuary 2, 2012

The court had a variety of points on which to evaluate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Led by Florida, 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business challenged the law. The US solicitor general, essentially President ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Big bucks flood 2012 election — What the courts said and why we should care
iWatch News (blog)January 3, 2012

Unfortunately for advocates of transparency in elections, that disclosure requirement apparently does not apply to nonprofit corporations. Only a couple of weeks after the Citizens United ruling, a lesser-known case in the District of Columbia Circuit ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Position available on USB
High Plains JournalJanuary 18, 2012

The USDA has a policy that membership on USDA boards and committees is open to all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family status.more »

Native Americans
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Viewpoints Welcome
Greater Lansing Business MonthlyJanuary 3, 2012

At that time, much of that work was aimed at African American students but also included Latino, Native American and Asian populations. “As time went on, we moved from equal opportunity programs to the establishment of the department of human relations ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Stories to watch in 2012 promise drama, suspense for the LGBT community
LGBTQ NationJanuary 1, 2012

Pro-LGBT bills — such as efforts to repeal DOMA and pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) — are not likely to see much action in 2012. Anti-gay measures might. Why? Because it's an election year and Republicans still control the House. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Northern Virginia chambers oppose eminent domain bill
Washington Business JournalJanuary 18, 2012

A coalition of Northern Virginia chambers of commerce has launched a campaign to oppose proposed amendments to the state constitution limiting the use of eminent domain. The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership — a joint effort of the Dulles Regional ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Letter airs harassment claims against HP's ex-CEO
The AustralianJanuary 2, 2012

Picture: Paul Sakuma/AP Source: AP FORMER Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd's efforts to impress an HP event hostess included showing her his checking-account balance holding over $US1 million, according to a letter detailing the sexual harassment...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Stoke 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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PNP Batangas reports accomplishment on campaign against illegal drugs
Philippine Information AgencyJanuary 1, 2012

... Jan 1 (PIA) -- As a result of their unrelenting campaign against illegal drugs in the province, the provincial police office (PPO) of the Philippine National Police in Batangas was able to conduct 287 search and seizure operations last year. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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UST: CJ Corona earned Ph.D
Inquirer.netJanuary 1, 2012

By Lito B. Zulueta The University of Santo Tomas (UST) has denied it broke academic rules when it granted a doctorate in law, summa cum laude, to Chief Justice Renato Corona reportedly even without a dissertation and urged the press not to drag ...more »


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