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

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Someone You MUST Know: Immigration Equality Advocate & Author Judy Rickard
10 Thousand CouplesJanuary 1, 2012

By Heidi Mann, Associate Editor Sun, Jan 01, 2012 More attention is needed for the matter of US immigration reform and extending rights to LGBT binational couples. When it comes to gay rights and the 1000+ practical/financial benefits of marriage in ...more »

Office Rules Death a Homicide, Investigation Continues
OzarksFirst.comJanuary 1, 2012

(Greene County, MO) -- The Greene County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Weston T. North, 17, of Republic, as a homicide. A passerby found his body Saturday morning near Republic, in a ditch on the side of a Farm Road 178 off of Highway ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Virginia AG abandons plans to back GOP primary ballot fight
CBS NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The Constitution is surpreme, even over the will of the people. by Mortar1SG29 January 2, 2012 1:44 PM EST By the way, Perish. I, as a Virginian, want the law changed. Just not by being corrupt, and changing the the law in the middle of the game. ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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New law to lift ban on broadcasting early election results
Toronto StarJanuary 13, 2012

As NCC head, Harper, an ex-Reform MP, wrote a fundraising appeal in 2001, condemning the prosecution of Paul Bryan — and the law — as an attack on free speech: “The jackasses at Elections Canada are out of control.” Bryan, who published Atlantic ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Racism: A Sickness Made Worse By Nationalism That Islam Can Treat – OpEd
Eurasia ReviewJanuary 17, 2012

He reminds humanity that it shares a common Creator, a common ancestry despite the diversity of gender, race and geographical location. He makes it clear that none of those things convey any inherent superiority of one person over another. ...more »

Native Americans
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Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Problem
NewsweekJanuary 2, 2012

Instead of complying, Weinstein took a seat several rows behind the driver and held her ground, channeling the spirit of that American civil-rights icon from more than a half century ago. A native of New York City who describes herself as modern ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Notorious "Candy Cane" Religious Liberty Case Goes Before Supreme Court
The New AmericanJanuary 3, 2012

“Saying that school officials can engage in such religious discrimination without any responsibility is not the law and would send exactly the wrong message to millions of school children and their families.” Shackleford told the that ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Eminent domain for St. Saviourís?
Queens ChronicleJanuary 5, 2012

Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is asking the cityís Parks Department to consider using eminent domain to acquire some or all of the 1.5-acre property that once was the home of St. Saviourís Church in Maspeth. In a letter to Assistant Commissioner ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Paul pressed to explain AIDS claims
Politico (blog)January 1, 2012

Paul said there shouldn't be federal laws against the kinds of rude behavior often connected with sexual harassment. “If it's just because somebody told a joke and somebody got offended,” Paul said, “they don't have a right to go to the federal ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Police Inquiry Prompts New Speculation on Who Leaked Climate-Change E-Mails
New York TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Some have noted that in 2009, the online trickster used the initials RC and linked to a zip file named “FOI2009,” an apparent reference to Freedom of Information statutes in both Britain and the United States. (Much of the criticism of climate ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Are drug dog searches at a home illegal?
WALA-TV FOX10January 4, 2012

But Lyter said roughly twice a year laws are changing, and police officers are constantly adapting their methods. For example, he said decades ago, a court ruling changed the methods for shooting at felons who were running away. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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28 signs that US public schools are rapidly being turned into indoctrination ...
Press TVJanuary 3, 2012

If we continue to allow all of the liberty and freedom to be systematically drained out of our school children, then there is not going to be much hope for the future of this nation. The following are 28 signs that US public schools are being turned ...more »


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