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

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Net neutrality is next and biggest target for new FCC chairman
Winona Daily NewsMay 1, 2017

... the courts, President Barack Obama and liberal activists pushed the agency to expand its authority over broadband. They urged the agency to classify broadband as a more highly regulated utility-like service under Title 2 of federal ...more »

EFA calls for 'universal' metadata warrants
iTWireMay 1, 2017

... including lawyers and their clients, doctors and their patients, and any other relationship where privacy is critical. The only effective means to achieve such protection is to have a universal warrant requirement for access to retained ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Pacific Legal Foundation Intervenes in Lawsuit Challenging Use of the Congressional Review Act
Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) (press release) (blog)May 5, 2017

The head of PLF's Red Tape Rollback project is Todd Gaziano, director of PLF's DC Center and its Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law. Before joining PLF, Mr. Gaziano was the key drafter and negotiator of the bill that became the Congressional Review ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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The UK wants new laws to fine Google, Twitter, and Facebook for failing to deal with hate speech
QuartzMay 1, 2017

As a result of the poor results, Maas in March proposed a law that would impose a fine of up to €50 million for failing to remove hate speech quickly enough, and would require firms to put an executive in charge of dealing with complaints. That person ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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14th Amendment ensures basic rights
Pacific Daily NewsMay 1, 2017

... important civil rights legislation, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination based not just on race or color, but on religion, age, sex and national origin as well. Even today, constitutional questions relating to gun rights ...more »

Native Americans
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Alumni Association increases investment for LEAD Scholars
The Michigan DailyMay 1, 2017

As of fall 2015, according to the Office of the Registrar, the University's student body was mostly composed of white students, with the Black, Hispanic and Native American communities representing 4.1 percent, 4.6 percent and 0.2 percent of the total ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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One's religious belief should not permit discrimination of others
Youngstown VindicatorMay 4, 2017

My “sincerely held religious belief” should not allow me to discriminate against others on the basis of things they cannot change. No workaround to the First Amendment and existing law is needed to solve this “problem,” because it should not be a ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Agawam city councilman seeks legal opinion on seizing property by eminent domain
MassLive.comMay 23, 2017

AGAWAM -- City Councilman George Bitzas is seeking clarification from the city's law department regarding Agawam's authority to seize property by eminent domain, or the right of a government to take private property for public use. A Main Street parcel ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Woman says co-worker at Bob Evans sexually harassed her
West Virginia RecordMay 5, 2017

Jarvis claims soon after Thornton became the cook, he began to engage in sexual harassment of the plaintiff, including groping her from being, grabbing her breasts and buttocks and making sexual comments about “things he would love to do to her.”.more »

Freedom Of Information
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We Asked the Government Why Animal Welfare Records Disappeared. They Sent 1700 Blacked-Out Pages.
National GeographicMay 1, 2017

These redacted records, released by the department's Office of General Counsel, which provides legal services to the USDA, cover February 23 to March 10—after the database was taken offline. The FOIA officer handling the request said that all 1,771 ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Immigrant says he was wrongly placed in gang database, sues over arrest
Chicago TribuneMay 1, 2017

The suit, which names ICE, the city of Chicago, CPD and McHenry County, claims authorities used excessive force, and unlawful search and seizure. It also contends authorities violated his right to due process in his removal proceedings by ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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GOP Scrambles as a Crucial Voice Shuns the Latest Health Bill
New York TimesMay 3, 2017

Credit Cliff Owen/Associated Press. WASHINGTON — With two days left before an 11-day recess and no vote scheduled, House Republican leaders worked on Tuesday to win votes one at a time for their latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act after an ...more »

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