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

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NA passed 25 bills, enacted 22 laws in 2011
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

... the National Defence University Act, 2011 (May 14), the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan (Reorganization and Conversion) Act, 2011 (May 10), the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2011 (May 3), the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Act, ...more »

Illinois implements new security laws for 2012
Examiner.comJanuary 1, 2012

Earlier this month, a Florida man posing as a Department of Homeland Security officer was arrested in a Chicago suburb after he tried to open an account at the US Bank on Ogden Ave in Lisle, Illinois using fake identification and a phony check for $3.5 ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Constitutional Scholar: White House Entirely Ignoring Article 1, Section 5
CNSNews.comJanuary 6, 2012

(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari) ( - John C. Eastman, a professor at Chapman University School of Law who is an expert on the constitutional separation of powers, says that the White House simply ignored the section of the Constitution, ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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New Spanish Gov't Enacts Sinde Anti-Piracy Laws, Opponents Promise A Fight
Billboard.bizJanuary 3, 2012

The Spanish parliament passed the Sinde Law with overwhelming support almost a year ago under intense pressure from the US government and entertainment industry. Illegal downloading, mostly in the form of peer to peer is mainstream in Spain and ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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NYS Board Of Regents' Vote Protects Students From Curriculum That Is ...
Yeshiva World NewsJanuary 10, 2012

... including but not limited to different races, weights, national origins, ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identity or expression and sexes. Age appropriate lessons must begin ...more »

Native Americans
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Guest columnist: GOP sideshow obscures a nation seized
DesMoinesRegister.comJanuary 7, 2012

... conservatives began an “American Way” campaign to push the country to the right after World War II, resulting partly in the union-slowing Taft-Hartley Act. Their push to the right sputtered, however, once the civil rights and anti-poverty movements ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Religion and education should be kept separate
Northwich GuardianJanuary 3, 2012

If a situation were to arise where a child from a non-Christian family were to be refused a place under this rule, then the school could be guilty of religious discrimination. If this form of discrimination is permitted under current legislation, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Lucci Smith, Former Harris County Civil Court at Law Judge, Joins Winstead
Citybizlist (press release)January 9, 2012

"Her experience and impressive contributions to the legal community and to eminent domain law in the state are unsurpassed." Smith has written various articles and papers on Texas and Harris County legal topics and has served on several boards of ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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All Ryan, all the time ... Sheboygan's mayor dominated local news in 2011
The Sheboygan PressJanuary 1, 2012

Payne settles Ryan sexual harassment claim for $310K A long-running sexual harassment claim alleging Ryan drunkenly tried to kiss and proposition the city's former human resources director was abruptly settled this summer after Ryan's drinking binge in ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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MORNING NEWS TOP STORY OF 2011: Not Rusty, not this time around
SCNowJanuary 1, 2012

Not widely reported: The Morning News issued a Freedom of Information Act request for the resumes of all 79 candidates for the Florence County administrator position. That request was denied by the county, which is only required by law to release ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Cops Bust 'Grow House' On Carillo Ave.
Patch.comJanuary 11, 2012

Four semi-automatic handguns, two assault rifles and $10000 in cash were also seized. “These individuals were heavily armed with high powered weapons and involved in illegal drug sales," police department spokesman Lt. Jeff Tudor said in a statement. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Our view: Paul can't swat away racist ties
Post-TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition ...more »


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