Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in April, 2017

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Immigrant Power of Attorney clinic | The Charlotte Observer
Charlotte ObserverApril 1, 2017

Families at an Immigrant Power of Attorney clinic at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, meeting with lawyers from Legal Services of Southern Piedmont to fill out ...more »

Advocates push to restore military benefits
Albany Democrat HeraldApril 1, 2017

Organizations representing members of the National Guard and Reserve are mobilizing to prod Congress into restoring benefits for active duty deployments that have been denied under a new legal authority quietly implemented several years ago by the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Citizen Activism and the Courts
The American ProspectApril 10, 2017

David Cole's Engines of Liberty is a welcome corrective to a conventional way of narrating constitutional law as being the work of federal courts, especially the Supreme Court, whose justices are nerd-celebrities, internet memes, and partisan heroes or ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Judge to consider Arkansas' plan to execute 7 in 11 days
San Angelo Standard TimesApril 10, 2017

Baker later became a partner at the Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow law firm in Little Rock, where she worked in commercial litigation, employment law and Freedom of Information cases. She also helped represent The Associated Press in an ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Iceland introduces world first bill to mandate equal pay for women
SBSApril 4, 2017

The legislation would also apply to discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity. Viglundsson said the new law aims to close a seven per cent wage gap between men and women in the ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Colorado campus free speech bill signed into law (with high marks for bipartisan support)
The Colorado StatesmanApril 5, 2017

Even as Hickenlooper was signing the Colorado bill into law, news came from North Dakota that the state Senate voted down a campus free speech bill. Rep. Rick Becker, sponsor of the North Dakota bill, described it as a rejection of “political ...more »

Native Americans
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Free speech or hate speech? Civil rights lawyer speaks at PSU
Psuvanguard.comApril 6, 2017

Joe Cohn, FIRE's Legislative and Policy Director, speaks at the Native American Student Center. Andy Ngo/PSU Vanguard. When Joe Cohn, legislative and policy director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, brought his dialogue concerning ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Eminent Domain Lawsuit Is Filed
ClintonchronicleApril 5, 2017

Attorneys for Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. law firm have filed the first set of condemnations for property in Laurens and Spartanburg counties on behalf of the Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission LLC as plaintiff. This action - also known as "eminent ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Michigan Supreme Court looks at decisions at Catholic school
The Bellingham HeraldApril 8, 2017

He said the feud at St. Pius X involved a contract claim — not religion. Davis said Michigan's anti-discrimination law based on disabilities covers all schools, public or private. "What religious principle is being trampled on by applying a civil ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Trump White House drops policy of identifying visitors
Charleston Post CourierApril 15, 2017

... visitor records and other matters, argued that Trump should allow the Secret Service to release the logs under the Freedom of Information Act, which would allow sensitive details to remain private. The White House says the records are exempt from ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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'Law & Order: SVU' Sets Cast for Roger Ailes-Inspired Episode
Hollywood ReporterApril 4, 2017

Just as Fox News finds itself in the midst of another round of sexual harassment controversy, Law & Order: SVU is firming up its own take on the cable news network. Christopher McDonald (Thelma and Louise), Bonnie Somerville (Friends) and Mark Moses ...more »


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