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

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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law. The legislation applies to the unlawful killing of wild birds and the possession ...more »

2011 NEWSMAKERS: Big crime stories of the year: County saw 14 homicides ...
Santa Cruz SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Hull, 62, of La Selva Beach, a budget and planning analyst at UC Santa Cruz, was shot and killed by his son, Aaron Hull, 36, who worked at a Monterey County kayak and fishing business. Donna Orsini, Stephen Hull's daughter and Aaron Hull's ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Kentwood commissioner voted out
WOOD-TVJanuary 4, 2012

He cited Michigan constitutional law prohibiting ex post facto law from impairing the obligation of contract. "I spoke about my past. .. I submit that I've done nothing to break those oaths of office," said VerWys. "I have done nothing to cause my ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Rose Parade disrupters face fines, jail time
msnbc.comJanuary 1, 2012

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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What's wrongful termination and did it happen to me?
Ventura County StarJanuary 25, 2012

You're the victim of discrimination due to race, gender, age, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin. • You were fired after complaining about discrimination, sexual harassment or overtime. • You were fired or laid-off ...more »

Native Americans
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MLK events planned in Longmont
Longmont Daily Times-CallJanuary 7, 2012

... of the slain civil rights leader. With the theme "All Cultures, One Voice," the celebration will include a marade -- a march/parade -- and program that features Native American drummers, gospel singers, speakers and dancers from 3 to 5:30 pm Jan. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Sacramento County employee alleges discrimination
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 4, 2012

A Muslim employee of Sacramento County claims he has been a victim of racial and religious discrimination since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Sacramento Bee ( reports that Abdur-Rahim Wasi, who is African-American, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Council Approves Eminent Domain Procedures
WMFD.comJanuary 4, 2012

Mansfield City Council has authorized Law Director, John Spon, to file an appropriation action for eminent domain procedures against Carl W.Krantz and Christine Krantz to acquire a parcel of land for the improvement of Middle-Bellville Road. ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Judge refuses to jail woman plumber who glassed nightclubber that smiled at ...
Daily MailJanuary 16, 2012

However, a judge refused to give her a custodial sentence after accepting that earlier sexual harassment she suffered at work was the reason behind her behaviour. Instead, 22-year-old Keith - who admitted a charge of actual bodily harm against James ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Questions surround house demolition
Buffalo NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The Buffalo News then filed a formal request under the New York State Freedom of Information Law. The report is public information and should be released, said Robert Freeman, executive director of the state Committee on Open Government. ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

The State appeals from the trial court's order granting Sharon Laverne McCullough's motion to suppress evidence seized following her arrest. Because the search of McCullough's car was illegal under the United States Supreme Court's holding in Arizona v ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Commission raises concerns about Hungary's constitution
European VoiceJanuary 3, 2012

It won concessions from Hungary's government to ensure the law was in line with EU rules. The Commission had expressed “serious doubts” that the contentious law complied with the EU's audiovisual media services directive or with press freedom...more »


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