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

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This scam plays the ultimate confidence trick on unsuspecting bank customers
MarketWatchApril 1, 2017

The Redditor “Keyann” wrote a post that said he or she received a call from someone claiming to be the fraud department of his or her bank, saying there was a fraudulent airline charge.Here's the twist: The caller ID for the call even said the name of ...more »

Missouri Attorney General's Office plans trafficking crackdown
ABC17News.comApril 1, 2017

The federal court documents outline the series of crimes, but the use of online classified ads at backpage.com is one of the specifics that got the feds involved. That crime is "use of interstate commerce in aid of racketeering enterprise" or the use ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Contrary to what critics say, Trump's strike on Syria was constitutional
The Hill (blog)April 9, 2017

So what kind of military action constitutes a “war” for constitutional purposes? Well, there's the rub: it can be fairly argued that a limited airstrike does not a war make. For example, George Mason University law professor Ilya Somin — as strong a ...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 »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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British Supermarket Slammed for 'Sexist' Easter Egg Advert
Heat StreetApril 5, 2017

... access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, HIV/Aids status or age.” Another commentator said: “Can't ...more »

Native Americans
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W. Kamau Bell to host special screening of 'United Shades of America'
atlantadailyworldApril 14, 2017

Comedian W. Kamau Bell will be hosting a special advance screening of his Emmy-nominated CNN Original Series, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta on Thursday, April 20. ... The second season ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Federal appeals court: Civil rights law covers LGBT workplace bias
USA TODAYApril 4, 2017

A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that a 1964 law barring sex discrimination extends to sexual orientation, marking a major workplace victory for gays and lesbians. The 8-3 decision by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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German Flatts mobile home park continues fight to stay open
The Times TelegramApril 28, 2017

The town has accrued at least $217,305 in legal fees, according to town records recently obtained by Virginia Jaquish through a Freedom of Information Law request. The couple keeps passersby along Route 168 updated about the town's spending through a ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Act would protect from military sexual harassment – Santa Clarita ...
Santa Clarita Valley SignalApril 7, 2017

Congressman Steve Knight answers questions from constiuents during a town hall at the Chimbole Cultural Center in Palmdale on Saturday, March 4, 2017.more »

Freedom Of Press
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Canadian Appeals Court Says Vice Media Must Turn Over Communications With Source To Law Enforcement
TechdirtApril 3, 2017

Not only would it deter journalists from speaking to sources who might, at some point in the future, face criminal charges, but it also would deter sources from speaking to journalists for fear their cover might be blown by law enforcement court orders.more »

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