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

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How new options can help Ohio employers reduce their workers' compensation...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

Over the past year, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has focused its attention on creating more program options for employers that encourage the correct behaviors and rewards them for achieving performance outcomes that reduce lost work ...more »

Vancouver teen stabbed in city's 15th homicide of 2011
Vancouver SunJanuary 1, 2012

Vancouver police investigate the city's 15th homicide of the year at an apartment block at 5037 Main St at 35th Ave in Vancouver, BC., on December 31, 2011. A nineteen year-old man is dead of stab wounds and a 48 year-old man is in custody following ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Tunisia's Constitutional Challenge
Huffington Post (blog)January 4, 2012

Whether Tunisia will oscillate towards Libya's draft constitutional model where Sharia law will tend to override secularist norms (as in Iran), or tilt towards Turkey where any religion's law cannot be the law of the land, remains to be seen. ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Free Speech Ballot Measure Proposed By Occupy San Diego
OB RagJanuary 4, 2012

This amendment will create an explicit exception to the current encroachment law (SDMC 54.0110) to allow for “peaceful picketing, lawful labor activities and peaceful political activities.” “As San Diego gears up to commemorate the now infamous Free...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Criminal Background Checks of Job Applicants by Employers Coming Under Greater ...
ESR NEWSJanuary 10, 2012

Employers should follow the EEOC guidelines for conviction records under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, gender, national origin, and other protected categories. ...more »

Native Americans
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Kelly Clarkson loves gays, lesbians and Republican Ron Paul?
Green Celebrity NetworkJanuary 3, 2012

He has attracted at least one vote from singer Kelly Clarkson of American Idol fame. But did she endorse him not realizing he refused to support civil rights legislation for gays and lesbians that would allow them protection as American citizens not ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Cases Highlight Differing Views on Race, Religion, and Politics
NewsMax.comJanuary 4, 2012

... lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered with respect to employment, housing and education, I directed that all private sector organizations doing business with the city end all discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Boulder approves use of eminent domain in airport deal
Daily CameraJanuary 4, 2012

By Heath Urie Camera Staff Writer Boulder officials have authorized the use of eminent domain powers to force a Boulder County landowner to sell his property near the Boulder Municipal Airport. In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the City Council ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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'The Die Has Been Cast': Ron Paul Makes Closing Argument Ahead Of Iowa
TPMJanuary 1, 2012

But he was very dismissive about the idea that a worker should have legal recourse if they are harassed in the workplace, saying that the individuals should be left to work that out themselves in lieu of government action. Most of the arguments against ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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2011: For NASS, Year Of Landmark Enactments…
Leadership NewspapersJanuary 1, 2012

Initially, it was known as the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) Bill, but now cited as the Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill. It was also signed into law promptly by the President. The new law, which essentially phased out the old Excess Crude ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Appeals court cites illegal stop in dimissing Henderson County DWI conviction
Asheville Citizen-TimesJanuary 3, 2012

The trial court should not have allowed the prosecution to present evidence about Brandon Jason Brown's alleged impairment because his stop by a deputy violated his constitutional rights to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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US diplomat: Hungary could lose its EU membership
EurActivJanuary 2, 2012

The US is also "deeply concerned" that no modifications had been made in the law on religions. As for the media law, Clinton shares the concerns expressed by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the US-based non-governmental ...more »

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