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

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Kuwait's new DNA collection law is scarier than we ever imagined
FusionApril 1, 2017

Horrible laws often follow major terrorist attacks. After 9/11, the U.S. Congress passed the Patriot Act. After the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris last year, European powers contemplated sweeping, strikingly bold internet surveillance laws. Following ...more »

Prevent property crime by locking doors
Edmond SunApril 1, 2017

Neighbors can be a great ally to fight against property theft. Residents can share information on a Facebook page or apps similar to NextDoor. The goal is to inform those in close proximity of any suspicious activity. The National Institute of Justice ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Weighing the probabilty and consequences of federal cuts to Philly, other sanctuary cities
Newsworks.orgApril 11, 2017

If federal critics of the policy make good on their promises, Philadelphia could be stripped of more than $38 million in Community Development Block Grants — and potentially lose around $26 million in grants from the Department of Justice. But what ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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'Freedom of information isn't just a press issue'
Agoura Hills AcornApril 6, 2017

Started in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors and in partnership with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the weeklong campaign seeks to spread the word that “freedom of information isn't just a press issue. It is a ... Since ...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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WEISER: So-called 'Dark money' is plain free speech
Colorado Springs GazetteApril 3, 2017

The fear of persecution and violence is today, as it was in the past, a genuine physical threat that makes anonymity critical to protecting freedom of speech. That a group must by Colorado law register and be identified to band together and contribute ...more »

Native Americans
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'Cultural appropriation'? Try cultural sharing
Chicago TribuneApril 11, 2017

I suspect fewer Native Americans were upset by the Tomahawk references than other Americans who were upset by Jeffery's presumption, judging by their snarky responses to her tweet. Yet her concern is widely shared these days under the heading of ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Burley council uses eminent domain law for new road
Twin Falls Times-NewsApril 5, 2017

Burley council uses eminent domain law for new road. LAURIE WELCH; 48 min ago; 0. Overland Ave apartments. Buy Now. PAT SUTPHIN, TIMES-NEWS. The Burley Area Merchants Association asked the city council Tuesday to ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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New Sexual Harassment Allegations Make Clear Fox Never Attempted To Change
Media Matters for America (blog)April 3, 2017

In the lawsuit, Roginsky also said that no one, including those who knew about the alleged harassment, “advised Roginsky to contact attorneys at the Paul Weiss law firm who were reportedly investigating Ailes' pattern of sexual harassment at Fox News.more »

Freedom Of Information
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White House decides to keep visitor records secret
ABC NewsApril 14, 2017

White House communications director Michael Dubke said Trump has taken steps to improve the ethical climate in Washington, such as imposing new restrictions on lobbying by departing administration officials and opening the White House press briefing ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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New impaired driving laws mean you could be asked for a breath sample without reason
630ched.comApril 15, 2017

More specifically, in my view, it is going to contravene people's rights to be free from arbitrary detention as well as unlawful search and seizure.” The government says today's laws allow many impaired drivers to escape detection at check stops. The ...more »


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