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Congressmen file articles of impeachment against Trump - According to a statement, Sherman and Rep. Al Green (D-TX) are filing for impeachment over what they believe is obstruction of justice in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, as well as revelations from the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.
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A 229-Year Old Sentence Could Lead To The Impeachment Of Donald Trump - We live in an era where the American president is an enemy of the American Constitution. But it could end up being a 229-year-old sentence from this very Constitution that ends up sinking Trump’s presidency once and for all.
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Trump to judges: Even a 'bad high school student' would rule in my favor - CNNPolitics.com - President Donald Trump harshly criticized arguments against his temporary travel ban on Wednesday, discounting a legal challenge to the order as anti-security and lambasting the federal judicial system that's weighing it as overtly political.
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Foreign Payments to Trump Firms Violate Constitution, Suit Will Claim - President Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his hotels and other business operations to accept payments from foreign governments.
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5 myths about Sharia law debunked by a law professor | Commentary | Dallas News - Clearly, Americans fear Sharia, Islam's legal framework. At least nine states have passed "foreign law" statutes banning sharia in American courts -- even though no U.S. court has ever ruled based on Sharia.
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14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Primary Documents of American History (Virtual Programs & Services, Library of Congress) - In addition, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law". This means civil asset forfeiture is probably a bit illegal
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Instagramming Vandal Casey Nocket: I Defaced Rocky Mountain National Park | Westword - In October 2014, we reported not once but twice about allegations that Casey Nocket had defaced Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado National Monument and a number of other federally protected locations.The evidence was at least partly provided by her. She shared images of her "art" on a now-deleted Instagram account.Now, more than eighteen months later, Nocket is finally being held responsible for her actions, which turned her into a pariah on some of the very social-media platforms she once haunted.She's now reportedly pleaded guilty to seven counts of defacing government property and received her sentence — one that's no doubt lighter than many of her harshest critics might have wished.
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Center for Security Policy | Federal Government Authorizes Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to Censor %u201CAnti-Islam%u201D Speech; Lawsuit Filed - Today, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) under the First Amendment.
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Cyber Stalking Charges - Cyber stalking charges are charges for the act of using the internet or email to stalk a victim. Stalking is defined as conduct directed towards a target (the victim) by a person (the stalker) with the intent that the victim will regard the conduct as a threat of bodily injury or death. Laws addressing cyber stalking are relatively new.
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Tennessee Businesses That Disarm Conceal Carry Permit Holders Liable for Safety - On July 1, businesses that disarm concealed carry permit holders with gun-free signage will be liable for the safety of those permit holders.
When the law, contained in SB 1736, takes effect, business owners who demand law-abiding citizens disarm themselves will assume liability for injuries they incur while on the “posted premises.”
The duty of care created by this bill will extend to the conduct of other invitees, trespassers, employees of the person or entity, vicious animals, wild animals, and defensible man-made and natural hazards.
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Parrot squawk 'evidence' in murder trial - BBC News - A prosecutor in Michigan is considering whether the squawkings of a foul-mouthed parrot may be used as evidence in a murder trial.Glenna Duram, 48, has been charged with murdering her husband, Martin, in front of the couple's pet in 2015.Relatives of the victim believe that the pet African Grey, named Bud, overheard the couple arguing and has been repeating their final words.
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Supreme Court Lets Texas Voter ID Law Stand %u2014 For Now : NPR - The Supreme Court on Friday left intact a strict voter identification law in Texas, while leaving open the possibility that it would consider challenges to the law. NPR's Wade Goodwyn explains
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U.S. top court rejects Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo class action appeals - Yahoo Finance - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected two corporate challenges in class action cases, refusing to hear bids by Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Wells Fargo
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Scalia Led Court in Taking Trips Funded by Private Sponsors - The New York Times - Antonin Scalia was the longest-tenured justice on the current Supreme Court and the country’s most prominent constitutionalist. But another quality also set him apart: Among the court’s members, he was the most frequent traveler, to spots around the globe, on trips paid for by private sponsors.
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Secret police? Virginia considers bill to withhold all officers%u2019 names. - The Washington Post - It started with a reporter’s attempt to learn whether problem police officers were moving from department to department. It resulted in legislation that is again bringing national scrutiny to the Virginia General Assembly: a bill that could keep all Virginia police officers’ names secret.
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Why A Single Question Decides The Fates Of Central American Migrants : NPR - When is a migrant a refugee? The answer comes down to how U.S. judge reads one sentence in a 1980 law. Each ruling could mean the difference between life and death for thousands of Central Americans.
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Why the ‘Happy Birthday’ Song’s Copyright Has Finally Been Ruled Invalid - On Sept. 22, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge George H. King ruled that the copyright to the lyrics of the popular song “Happy Birthday to You” is no longer valid.
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Teenage Girl BRUTALLY Slammed to the Ground by Violent Cop While Sitting In Her Desk - Counter Current News - The following video was just sent to us by students at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina. Those students witnessed a Richland County sheriff’s deputy violently attacking a young female student.
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SC officer who body slammed black student has been sued twice before %u2014 RT USA - A white South Carolina officer is under investigation by his department, state police and the Justice Department for a violent encounter with a black female high school student. The deputy has a career marked with lawsuits claiming excessive force.
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Police Kill Themselves at Triple the Rate they’re Murdered - The last year on public record for police suicides was 2012, with a staggering 126 officers reported to have intentionally killed themselves. Compare that with the number of police fatally shot in the line of duty last year; 47. Let that sink in for a moment. American police are 300% more likely to kill themselves than be shot and killed by another individual. Cops hate cops more than anybody else.
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YouTube Flags Cat Purring as Copyright Infringing Music | TorrentFreak - YouTube's automated takedown tool is known for its flaws, but this week it crossed a line by attacking a purring cat. According to YouTube's Content-ID system both EMI Publishing and PRS own the rights to a 12 second purring loop. The cat in question, Phantom, has filed a dispute and hopes to reclaim his rights.
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US: The War On Drugs Is Burning Out - Leading at the Ballot Box From Alaska to Washington, D.C., Americans Are Charting a Path to a Saner National Drug Policy
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U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber - Yahoo News - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions.
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Federal judge rules U.S. no-fly list violates Constitution | Reuters - (Reuters) - The U.S. government's no-fly list banning people accused of links to terrorism from commercial flights violates their constitutional rights because it gives them no meaningful way to contest that decision, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.
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Arne Duncan: California ruling 'a mandate' to fix tenure laws - CNN.com - A California judge ruled as unconstitutional Tuesday the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out promising good ones.
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US House Votes to Prohibit DOJ From Interfering With State Medical Marijuana or Industrial Hemp Programs | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - After a long debate that had the US House of Representatives in session until after midnight, the lower chamber of Congress cast a historic 219 to 189 vote to restrict the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from using taxpayer funds to interfere in state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs in the 20 states that have enacted them.
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DC Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed Into Law | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - This afternoon, “The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2013” was signed by the mayor after being approved by the city council in a 10 to 1 vote. This measure amends the punishment for the possession or transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to 6 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $1,000) to a civil violation (punishable by a $25 fine, no arrest, no jail time, and no criminal record).
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Proposed privacy laws put blinkers on Google Glass - Recording private conversations or activities using Google’s Glass eyewear or similar wearable technologies without consent could become illegal under a push to overhaul state and federal privacy laws.The Australian Law Reform Commission discussion paper, released on Monday morning, recommended 47 legislative changes aimed at updating existing privacy laws for the digital age.
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Court Tosses California's Concealed-Weapons Rules - ABC News - A divided federal appeals court on Thursday struck down California concealed-weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
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DOJ to Allow Marijuana Legalization to Go Into Effect | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - During a conference call with state governors today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the US Department of Justice would allow the marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington to go into effect.
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Oregon: Lawmakers Give Final Approval to Measures to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - Members of the Oregon House and Senate have given final approval to two separate legislative measures, Senate Bill 40 and Senate Bill 82, to reduce penalties related to certain marijuana possession offenses.
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Problems surface over Ariz.'s 2007 immigration law - The immigration debate in Arizona reached a boiling point in 2007 when the state passed a groundbreaking law targeting those often blamed with fueling the nation's border woes: Employers who hire immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
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The Coming War Against Personal Photography and Video - The Coming War Against Personal Photography and Video
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FBI and Oakland police arrest five in anti-gang sweep - undreds of law enforcement agents pounced on an Oakland housing complex known to be infested with gang members and gang activity. 16 search warrants were served Wednesday night and into Thursday's early morning hours.
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New Bill To Solve Marijuana Conflict (fed vs state rights) - SEATTLE ( AP ) - A bill introduced in Congress on Friday would fix the conflict between the federal government's marijuana prohibition and state laws that allow medical or recreational use.The measure would amend the Controlled Substances Act to make clear that individuals and businesses, including marijuana dispensaries, who comply with state marijuana laws are immune from federal prosecution.
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Respect State Marijuana Laws Act Introduced In Congress | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - United States Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with a bipartisan coalition of three Republicans (Reps. Rohrabacher, Rep. Justin Amash [R-MI], and Don Young [R-AK]) and three Democrats (Reps. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR], Steve Cohen [D-TN] and Jared Polis [D-CO]) today introduced House Bill 1523: the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act.
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September 11 defendants 'had emails hacked' - Telegraph - Lawyers for the five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks asked a judge Thursday to delay an upcoming hearing after learning that emails with their clients had been monitored.
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Checking a Smartphone Map While Driving Banned in California - According to an appellate court in California, checking your smartphone while driving your Volkswagen (or any other vehicle) is officially verboten.In January 2012, one Steven R. Spriggs was pulled over and cited for checking a map on his smartphone while driving. In a trial held four months later, Spriggs disputed that his action violated California’s Section 23123 subdivision (a), which states that a person can’t use a phone while driving unless “that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free driving and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.” In short, he argued that the statute was limited to those functions of listening and talking—things he insisted could have been followed to the letter of the law. (The case is the People of the State of California v. Steven R. Spriggs, Sup. Ct. Appeal No. 0002345.)
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Supreme Court of Canada - Decisions - "The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that text messages are private communication (Official Ruling) and therefore police are required to get a warrant to gain access to the text messages of private citizens. The CBC reports: '[Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman] Abella said the only practical difference between text messaging and traditional voice communications is the transmission process. "This distinction should not take text messages outside the protection to which private communications are entitled," she wrote.'"
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Virginia's Blue Laws Still Prohibit Cohabitation, Oral Sex And Sex In A Car - Only one or two centuries late, Virginia lawmakers have decided it is none of their business if unmarried couples share a roof. So the legislators are now working diligently to repeal the state's law against "lewd and lascivious cohabitation." Huzzahs all 'round for that. But do not unclutch thy bodice yet. Virginia law is riddled with antiquated provisions meant to govern the "morals and decency" of the fair people of the commonwealth. And while the law against shacking up apparently never gets enforced, others do.
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Supreme Court to consider if silence can be evidence of guilt | Reuters - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether a suspect's refusal to answer police questions prior to being arrested and read his rights can be introduced as evidence of guilt at his subsequent murder trial.
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Hawaii: 57% Want to Tax and Regulate Marijuana | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - New polling data, released this past week by the ACLU of Hawaii, shows strong support for marijuana law reform on the islands.57% of respondents stated that they believed marijuana should be “taxed, regulated, and legalized for adults” – only 39% were opposed. This is up a whopping 20 percentage points in support since they last polled the question in 2005.
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59% of Arizonians Want Marijuana Regulated Like Alcohol | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - A poll released today, commissioned by the National Cannabis Industry Association and conducted by Public Policy Polling, found that a majority of Arizona residents would vote “yes” on an initiative to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.
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Washington Voters Legalize Marijuana | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - Washington joins Colorado on this historic evening in passing their marijuana legalization initiative, I-502, in a 55% to 45% vote (with 50% of the vote tallied). The Seattle Times has called it a victory for I-502.
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Colorado Legalizes Marijuana | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - In a historic vote that will reverberate around the nation, the Denver NBC affiliated has projected that Colorado will pass Amendment 64 and will legalize marijuana. By a vote of 53% to 47% (with 38% of the vote tallied) news networks have begun to confirm that Colorado’s Amendment 64 has been passed by voters.
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Massachusetts: 18th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - With a current vote total of 63% in favor and 37% opposed (with 40% of the vote tallied), NORML projects that Massachuetts is set to become the eighteenth state to allow for the physician supervised use of marijuana. Massachusetts now joins its fellow Northeastern states of Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Maine in recognizing and allowing for the medical use of cannabis.
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59% of All Americans Want Marijuana to Be Legalized | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - A new poll, conducted by Huffington Post and YouGov, has support for marijuana legalization at an astounding 59% amongst all Americans – the largest support yet recorded in a nationwide poll. Only 26% of respondents stated that marijuana should remain illegal.
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The three-parent family - Salon.com - Imagine a lesbian couple that jointly raises a child with the man that helped them conceive, or a father who splits parenting duties with his ex-wife and her new husband. A new California bill, SB 1476, sponsored by Sen. Mark Leno, aims to make it possible for all three, and possibly more, parents in such cases to be legally recognized — if it’s in the child’s best interest.
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Connecticut Bill Would Allow Citizens to Sue Police Who Arrest Them for Filming in Public - Connecticut's state Senate is now taking a stand by recently approving a bill, Senate Bill 245, which would allow citizens to sue police officers if they arrest them for legally recording in public.
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Supreme Court Limits EPA's Ability To Enforce Clean Water Act - The Consumerist - Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in a case that has been a hot-button topic for both environmentalists and advocates for the rights of land owners. In the end, the Supremes came down on the side of landowners, allowing them to take legal steps to void Environmental Protection Agency compliance orders.Until now, the EPA could issue a compliance order to a landowner if the agency believed it had found a violation of the Clean Water Act. However, property owners could not legally contest the allegations until after the EPA had received a court ruling backing the order.Landowners argues that this system tipped the scales in favor of the EPA, as they were forced to wait until the agency took legal action before they could file their own complaint.The EPA defended the system by saying that it insured the agency's ability to work quickly in protecting water sources and that allowing landowners to sue first would undermine that process.
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Justice Dept opposes Texas voter ID law - - The Justice Department's civil rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.Texas follows South Carolina as the second state in recent months to become embroiled in a court battle with the Justice Department over new photo ID requirements for voters.Photo ID laws have become a point of contention in the 2012 elections. Liberal groups have said the requirements are the product of Republican-controlled state governments and are aimed at disenfranchising people who tend to vote Democratic — African-Americans, Hispanics, people of low-income and college students.Proponents of such legislation say the measures are aimed at combating voter fraud. But advocacy groups for minorities and the poor dispute that and argue there is no evidence of significant voter fraud.
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Kelly Cassidy Proposes 'Viagra Amendment' To Ultrasound Mandate In Illinois - An Illinois lawmaker proposed an amendment to a state mandatory ultrasound bill that would require men to watch a graphic video about the side effects of Viagra before legally being able to receive a prescription for it. The amendment's sponsor, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D), said she wanted to add gender equity to the "Ultrasound Opportunity Act" proposed in the Illinois House, which would require women to undergo a sometimes invasive, medically unnecessary ultrasound procedure before having an abortion.
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Thou Shalt Not Spill Thy Seed! Anti-Masturbation Amendment Added To Anti-Abortio - On February 6, following Personhood USA’s push to proclaim fertilized human eggs the same as grown humans, the Republican dominated Oklahoma legislature introduced the bill known as “Personhood Bill” SB 1433 to the Senate Floor. In response, Democratic State Senator Constance Johnson attached an amendment to the bill that would ban the spilling of semen in any location other than a woman’s vagina.
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Tweets cause US death row conviction to be overturned - A juror's tweets have caused the murder conviction of a death row inmate to be overturned by a court in the US.Arkansas Supreme Court judges said it was inappropriate for a juror to have posted his musings online.
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Swapping chicken pox-infected lollipops illegal - A federal prosecutor is warning parents against trading chicken pox-laced lollipops by mail in what authorities describe as misguided attempts to expose their children to the virus to build immunity later in life.
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England riots: pair jailed for four years for using Facebook to incite disorder - Two men have been jailed for four years for using Facebook to incite disorder.Jordan Blackshaw, 20, from Marston near Northwich, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, from Warrington, appeared at Chester crown court on Tuesday. They were arrested last week following incidents of violent disorder in London and other cities across the UK.Neither of their Facebook posts resulted in a riot-related event.
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Homeless man gets 15 years for stealing $100 - seems a bit excessive
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Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes in CT - The state has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.Last week, the Senate narrowly approved the legislation that supporters call a common sense reform to the judicial system. Today, it passed the House.Gov. Dannel P. Malloy supports the measure, which would eliminate the misdemeanor offense from possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. It would instead result in a $150 fine for a first offense and a fine ranging from $200 to $500 for subsequent offenses.
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Conn. Senate votes for pot decriminalization bill - Under the bill, possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana would no longer be a misdemeanor. Instead, it would result in a $150 fine for a first offense and a fine ranging from $200 to $500 for subsequent offenses. Those under 21 years old would face a 60-day driver's license suspension, similar to the existing penalty for possessing alcohol.Under current law, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by a possible jail term and larger fines: $1,000 for a first offense and $3,000 for subsequent offenses.
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School Bans Ten Commandments, ACLU Defends Christians - After Virginia schools stripped students' locker doors of their postings of the Ten Commandments, both Christian advocacy defenders and the ACLU have come to the defense of the Christian students.
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New Hampshire Moves to Criminalize TSA Grope-down Procedures - New Hampshire may soon criminalize the TSA's intrusive pat-downs and naked body porno scanners as sexual assault.Debate has moved forward on HB628-FN, a bill that would make “the touching or viewing with a technological device of a person's breasts or genitals by a government security agent without probable cause a sexual assault,
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recording Police Bill Introduced in CT - Connecticut State Sen. Martin Looney (D-New Haven) has introduced a short bill (PDF) that not only acknowledges the right of citizens to record on-duty police officers, it also provides for a civil action against police officers who violate that right.
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Cost of malpractice insurance....... - I am an emergency physician. I care for about 5,000 patients a year. I have been practicing for 12 years and thus have cared for roughly 60,000 patients. I receive deep satisfaction from my job and the privilege of the "laying on of hands" as the physician-patient relationship is called in medical school. Most of the time, I rely on the good graces and expertise of the primary care physicians, surgeons and many other specialists to help take care of the people who come to me seeking help. However, recent trends suggest that our hospitals' ability to deliver that care with the help of appropriate specialists is eroding.
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Eavesdropping Laws Mean That Turning On an Audio Recorder Could Send You to Prison - Christopher Drew is a 60-year-old artist and teacher who wears a gray ponytail and lives on the North Side. Tiawanda Moore, 20, a former stripper, lives on the South Side and dreams of going back to school and starting a new life.
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MA Supreme Court Deals Banks a Major Blow on Foreclosure Fraud, in the Ibanez Case - The notice requirements are a bit of a sideshow. The point here is that the mortgage assignment and the securitization process was improper. US Bank and Wells Fargo did not have possession of the mortgage note, and thus did not have the standing to foreclose. In addition, they put the endorsement in blank, without naming the entity to which they were assigning the mortgage. This violated Massachusetts law, according to the original judge in the case, and now the MA Supreme Court agreed.And as we know, this is more the norm than otherwise. But this is one of the first major cases, decided by a state Supreme Court, that affirms that a lack of securitization standards means that the bank who thinks they have the power to foreclose on a delinquent borrower actually does not.
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Spain rejects US influenced copyright bill - After a narrow vote, a Spanish parliamentary commission has rejected a controversial bill aimed at protecting content owners from internet downloaders. All of the main Spanish parties, except for Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialists rejected the so-called Sinde Bill, named after Culture Minister Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde. The draft legislation would have set up a government commission which would have then provided courts with details of websites offering access to copyright-protected material such as music, movies, video games or software. A judge could then have ordered the closure of offending websites.
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Husband charged after discovering wife's affair by reading her emails on shared computer - A US man who says he learned of his wife's affair by reading her e-mail on their computer faces trial on felony computer misuse charges.Leon Walker, 33, of Michigan, used his wife's password to get into her Gmail account. Clara Walker filed for a divorce, which was granted this month.
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What a difference a day makes! - Initially Phillips was to be suspended for six months and one day, which would have required him to reapply to the Bar in order to resume practice.The justices shortened the suspension by that one day so that he would not have to reapply.
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Julia Gillard fails to name law broken by Wikileaks or Julian Assange | The Australian - PRIME Minister Julia Gillard again has been unable to name any Australian laws broken by the controversial WikiLeaks website or its founder Julian Assange.Western governments increasingly are calling for Assange to be stopped as WikiLeaks continues to publish more than 250,000 confidential documents from the United States State Department.But asked directly what Australian laws had been broken by either WikiLeaks or Assange, Ms Gillard said the Australian Federal Police were investigating.
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Oklahoma may have banned use of Ten Commandments along with Sharia law - A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a constitutional amendment that would have banned Sharia law in Oklahoma."U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange ruled Monday morning in Oklahoma City following a brief hearing," the Associated Press reported. "It prevents the state election board from certifying the results of Tuesday's general election in which the amendment was approved by 70 percent of the voters."
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Law Schools Turn Out More Lawyers than America Needs - Where are the Engineers? No wonder China is winning.
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Arizona Executes Man for 1989 Murder - Justice.
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Communist Democrat Wants to Outlaw Supreme Court Justice - Hard for Hard Core Marxists to understand the Separation of powers.
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Connecticut Liberal Lawyers: Sue Everybody Every Day - Spending your entire life in courtroom arguing with people.
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Drowning in Law: Rules and Regulations are Killing Us - Instead, the land of opportunity is more like legal quicksand. Small business owners face legal challenges at every step. Municipalities requires multiple and often nonsensical forms to do business. Labor laws expose them to legal threats by any disgruntled employee. Mandates to provide costly employment benefits impose high hurdles to hiring new employees. Well-meaning but impossibly complex laws impose requirements to prevent consumer fraud, provide disability access, prevent hiring illegal immigrants, display warnings and notices and prevent scores of other potential evils. The tax code is incomprehensible.
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Liberals Outlaw Christmas Songs - "Silent Night" and other religious songs will remain off the program at holiday concerts in South Orange-Maplewood schools after the U.S. Supreme Court declined today to take up an appeal of the district’s ban on celebratory religious music.
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Larry King's Bagel Battle Goes to Court - A court room battle even before the bagels are pulled out of the oven.
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Experience: I spent 29 years in solitary confinement - I first entered Louisiana State Penitentiary in the early 60s, at the age of 18. I was in and out of that place for the rest of the decade. Back then, if you were young, black and had a record, police in New Orleans would come looking for you when they had a backlog of unsolved cases: it was called cleaning the books.
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Democrats Don't Like White People - A Justice Department prosecutor defied his superiors by testifying at a U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearing Friday, where he leveled an explosive allegation: top officials in the department gutted a voter intimidation case against a fringe African American militant group because the suspects were black and their alleged victims were white.
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Billionaire LIberal George Soros Wants to Buy the Courts - According to a study released this week by the American Justice Partnership, OSI has spent at least $45.4 million to promote the so-called merit selection system and reduce the influence of citizens and their elected representatives when it comes to picking judges.
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Marxist Judge Says He Knows More Than 7 Million Voters - THE STENCH FROM THE BENCH.
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Elena Kagan Wants Islamic Law in the US - Kagan’s detractors point to her time as the dean of Harvard Law School as the primary demonstration of her approval of Sharia. Andrew McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, wrote in an article on The National Review’s website that as Harvard Law School dean, Kagan “became the champion of sharia.”
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You have the right to remain silent. Or do you? - You have the right to remain silent, but only if you tell the police that you're remaining silent.You have a right to a lawyer - before, during and after questioning, even though the police don't have to tell you exactly when the lawyer can be with you. If you can't afford a lawyer, one will be provided to you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you, which, by the way, are only good for the next two weeks?The Supreme Court made major revisions to the now familiar Miranda warnings this year. The rulings will change the ways police, lawyers and criminal suspects interact amid what experts call an attempt to pull back some of the rights that Americans have become used to over recent decades.
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Brooklyn Schmuck Larry King Still Doesn't Get Arizona Law - The Putz still doesn't get it.
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The Stench from the Bench: Dems Allow Ilegals to Roam AZ - Democrats cheer on Drug Cartels and Criminals.
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Manhattan’s Upper West Side is Not America - the Dems are the party of Cynthia McKinney, Jessie Hymietown Jackson, Al Sharpton, Grand Wizard Byrd, et al and THESE ah*les have the nerve to accuse Republicans of being anti-semitic? What planet are they living on?
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GOP May Bork Kagan - Failed conservative Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork is joining anti-abortion activists to publicly oppose confirming Elena Kagan as a justice.
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Illegal Aliens Flee Arizona - Paul Senseman, a spokesman for Brewer, said it's difficult to gauge how many people are leaving because of the law, but he said he hears similar reports of people leaving the state. "If that means that fewer people are breaking the law, that is absolutely an accomplishment," he said.
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Wile E. Coyote Files Lawsuit Against the Acme Corporation - Mr. Coyote states that on eighty-five separate occasions he has purchased of the Acme Company (hereinafter, "Defendant"), through that company's mail-order department, certain products which did cause him bodily injury due to defects in manufacture or improper cautionary labeling. Sales slips made out to Mr. Coyote as proof of purchase are at present in the possession of the Court, marked Exhibit A. Such injuries sustained by Mr. Coyote have temporarily restricted his ability to make a living in his profession of predator. Mr. Coyote is self- employed and thus not eligible for Workmen's Compensation.
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Alaskans Have a Right to Shoot Liberals Who Violate Property - those who are fond of Joe McGinnis might remind him (if he doesn’t already know) that Alaska has a law that allows the use of deadly force in protection of life and property.
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Mexico Harasses Immigrants as it Criticizes Arizona Law - Meanwhile, Mexican police freely engage in racial profiling, harassing Central American migrants while ignoring thousands of American retirees living illegally in Mexico, immigration experts say. Mexico already has an Arizona-style statute requiring local police to check IDs. That clause has fed an epidemic of kidnappings, rapes and other atrocities against migrants because victims are afraid to talk to police, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says. A bill eliminating the rule has been stalled in the Mexican Senate since March.
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Read The Bill: Arizona Senate Bill 1070 - Codewolf communists now have the opportunity to actually read the bill, something the Obama, the Attorney General, and the State Controlled Communist media have yet to do.
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Derivative Reform Offers its Own Risks - The reform legislation could make it harder and more costly to hedge. In part, this is because some proposals would push more derivatives trading to exchanges, and companies would have to use standardized contracts.
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Spain Puts Communist Judge on Trial - Put this asshole in prison.
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Kagan Wants to Take Your Gun Away - Say goodbye to your 2nd amendment rights.
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Detroit Demolishes Vacant Homes: Owners Fled Busing - After a Left-Wing judge started forced busing, whites fled for their lives.
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Petition Drive to Stop Kagan Confirmation - "I urge everyone to sign the petition and take part in this easy, simple, effective and inexpensive campaign to bombard the Senate with opposition to this nominee," said Farah.
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Supreme Court Upholds Freedom Of Speech - In a decisive and vulgar 7-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court once again upheld the constitution's First Amendment this week, calling the freedom of expression among the most "inalienable and important rights that a motherfucker can have." "This is a historic victory for free speech, and I wouldn't be surprised if, a hundred years from now, the hallowed walls of this court bear an inscription taken from the eloquent decision handed down today," lead defense attorney Carl Huddleston said. "Particularly the phrase 'That which erodes human rights serves to erode humanity, fuckface."
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East Hartfod, Connecticut: Lap Dances Outlawed at Kahoot's - A federal court settlement has mandated that Kahoots, East Hartford's only strip club, comply with most parts of a town ordinance that, among other things, prevents entertainers from physically taking tips and outlaws physical contact with customers.
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Customer Says He Was Burned Alive by Starbucks Tea - As a result of Starbucks' negligence, the plaintiff suffered "great physical pain and mental anguish," including the burns, the complaint said.
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Court Stops Democrats from Blowing Up Christian Cross - "A Latin cross is not merely a reaffirmation of Christian beliefs," he wrote. "Here, a Latin cross in the desert evokes far more than religion. It evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields marking the graves of Americans who fell in battles, battles whose tragedies are compounded if the fallen are forgotten."
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Don't We Need At Least One Protestant On the Supreme Court? - Current Count: 3 Jews, 6 Catholics.
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Christian Law Center Helps Enfield Fight ACLU Marxists - "I've been hired to advise the board on any issues that arise in this case, and that includes advising on how to handle any suit that may come from the ACLU or Americans United [for Separation of Church and State]," Vincent McCarthy, senior northeast counsel for the ACLJ, said Thursday. "We're preparing in the event that we can settle or in the event that a suit is filed."
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The Pot Smoke State Discriminates Against Christians - A federal judge sided with the school, saying its blanket policy did not single out the religious group because of its views. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed.
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California poised to vote on fully legalizing pot - Fourteen years after California decided marijuana could be used as medicine and ignited a national movement, the state is likely to vote on whether to take a decisive step into the vanguard of drug liberalization: legalizing the weed for fun and profit.
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Chart: Comparing Health Reform Bills: Democrats and Republicans 2009, Republicans 1993 - The proposal President Barack Obama unveiled on Monday is based largely on the bill passed by the Democratic Senate on Dec. 24, 2009, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It has some similarities to a GOP proposal sponsored by Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I., during the Clinton presidency, the Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993. This chart compares those two bills with the Nov. 3, 2009 proposal from House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, the Common Sense Health Care Reform and Affordability Act.
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Is the music industry trying to write the digital economy bill? - The mess of the digital economy bill suggests that the record industry thinks it's better to get influence than popularity
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Left-Wing Trial Lawyers Outlaw Perfume - The Detroit News reports the move stems from a $100,000 settlement in a federal lawsuit filed in 2008 by a city employee who said a colleague's perfume made it challenging for her to do her job.
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Conservative Manifesto Defends Our Liberties and Freedoms - Stop Obama and the Communist Left from taking away our freedoms.
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CNN Liberal Lawyer Won't Support Baby - One of the media elite's most whispered-about scandals went public Wednesday when married CNN correspondent Jeffrey Toobin squared off with a woman who says he's the father of her baby. Yale-educated lawyer Casey Greenfield - the daughter of eminent CBS News analyst Jeff Greenfield - had a chilly faceoff with Toobin in Manhattan Family Court.
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Unsafe Working Conditions at CNN's Liberal's House - An interior designer is suing CNN anchor Anderson Cooper after she took an unusual fall at an old Manhattan firehouse that he is converting into a new home.
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On the jury, Gene Weingarten didn't believe the D.C. police's eyes - Last week I was a juror in the trial of a man accused of selling a $10 bag of heroin to an undercover police officer. At the end of the two days of testimony, I concluded that the defendant was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I also concluded that he should be acquitted.
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High court tosses ruling favorable to Abu-Jamal - PHILADELPHIA – The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a ruling that had set aside the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in a racially tinged case that has made the former Black Panther an international cause celebre.
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Did Court Deal Fatal Blow to Tasers for Police? - In what is being heralded as a landmark decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently declared that police officers could be held liable for using a Taser without proper cause. And in making their determination, the court also set new legal parameters on how law enforcement is to use Tasers, stating, "The objective facts must indicate that the suspect poses an immediate threat to the officer or a member of the public." The federal finding substantially changes the landscape of Taser usage, and may signal the end of Tasers for law enforcement agencies who are now more vulnerable to civil and criminal action then ever before.
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Federal Prison Camp - Have you ever heard of a prison “camp”? How about “club fed”? I myself never heard of a prison “camp” until I arrived at one. This is what is known as “club fed”. I arrived at the camp on the grounds of Schuylkill FCI in Minersville Pennsylvania in the late summer of 2005. I actually thought I was going to the FCI, and stopped at the front office of the camp because it looked like one of those information buildings at a state or national park. I was shocked to see men dressed in what looked like green prison attire walking around the office area. I soon found out that I was at the right place.
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The End of Scientology? - The Church of Scientology is having a very bad week: First ABC's “Nightline” hammered spokesperson Tommy Davis so hard about the sect’s sci-fi creed that he stormed off the set. (Watch Tommy Davis prematurely end his Nightline interview.) Next, Paul Haggis, writer/director of 2004’s Crash, resigned from the church, slamming it for anti-gay bigotry. Then a French court capped off the week by ordering the church to pay a $900,000 fine for defrauding its members. Can Scientology weather the storms? Religion - what a disease!
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Don’t scrap money limits - To His Honor, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts, Your Honor, the Supreme Court as early as Oct. 5 could decide the fate of the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law with a decision that could shake the foundation of the politics of our republic. The impact of your decision could be so extreme that I hope it will be carefully considered by the court based on respect for precedent and aversion to judicial activism... THANKS TO BUSH FOR ALLOWING THE CREATION OF A FASCIST STATE OCT. 5!!!
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Repeat drunk driver not a dangerous offender - A Quebec judge has ruled a repeat drunk driver who pleaded guilty to killing a woman in a wheelchair in 2008 is not a dangerous offender, but still deserves a life sentence, the toughest penalty ever handed out for such a crime in Canada.
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Lawmakers to propose ban on driving while texting - Yahoo! News - This is why we need a government to tell us what to (not) do: People are too fucking stupid TO NOT DO THIS!

Oh yeah, before I forget, this is brought to you by those "democratic-jew-hater-nazi-liberals" that NeoCon hates.
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3 NJ mayors, lawmakers arrested in corruption case - NEWARK, N.J. – An investigation into the sale of black-market kidneys and fake Gucci handbags evolved into a sweeping probe of political corruption in New Jersey, ensnaring more than 40 people Thursday, including three mayors, two state lawmakers and several rabbis.
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Supreme Court Ruling Requiring Lab Analyst Testimony Worries Prosecutors - Legal experts and prosecutors are concerned about the results of last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires lab analysts to be in court to testify about their tests. Lab sheets that identify a substance as a narcotic or breath-test printouts describing a suspect's blood-alcohol level are no longer sufficient evidence, the court ruled. A person must be in court to talk about the test results.
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Hal Turner, Internet Radio Host, Arrested For Inciting Violence Against Public Officials...Again - Hal Turner, an occasional talk show host on internet radio and blogger, was arrested today by the FBI in his New Jersey home on charges he threatened to murder three federal appeals court judges in Chicago following their recent ruling upholding handgun bans.According to the U.S. attorney's office, postings on Turner's web site included photos of the judges and addresses for them, with statements such as: "Let me be the first to say this plainly; These judges deserve to be killed."
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Supreme Court Says Child%u2019s Rights Violated by Strip Search - NYTimes.com - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a school's strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal.The court ruled 8-1 on Thursday that school officials violated the law with their search of Savana Redding in the rural eastern Arizona town of Safford.Redding, who now attends college, was 13 when officials at Safford Middle School ordered her to remove her clothes and shake out her underwear because they were looking for pills -- the equivalent of two Advils. The district bans prescription and over-the-counter drugs and the school was acting on a tip from another student.
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UN Backs Drug Decriminalization In World Drug Report - In an about face, the United Nations on Wednesday lavishly praised drug decriminalization in its annual report on the state of global drug policy. In previous years, the UN drug czar had expressed skepticism about Portugal's decriminalization, which removed criminal penalties in 2001 for personal drug possession and emphasized treatment over incarceration. The UN had suggested the policy was in violation of international drug treaties and would encourage "drug tourism."But in its 2009 World Drug Report, the UN had little but kind words for Portugal's radical (by U.S. standards) approach. "These conditions keep drugs out of the hands of those who would avoid them under a system of full prohibition, while encouraging treatment, rather than incarceration, for users. Among those who would not welcome a summons from a police officer are tourists, and, as a result, Portugal's policy has reportedly not led to an increase in drug tourism," reads the report. "It also appears that a number of drug-related problems have decreased."
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Supreme Court Keeps Voting Rights Act Largely Intact - WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court dodged a constitutional showdown over voting rights by leaving intact a central provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.The court's 8-1 vote, and its opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, was a break from recent decisions in race-tinged cases that have split its conservative majority from the liberal minority.Instead, the court chose a narrow path in making it easier for small jurisdictions to end federal supervision of their election procedures. The decision kept intact the framework of a law designed to end the disenfranchisement of black citizens across the South -- and kept the court out of a divisive social and political issue.
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Tasing of 72-year-old woman was appropriate, officials say - Kathryn Winkfein, 4'11", was driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. She got pulled over, and refused to sign the ticket. Sgt. Maj. Gary Griffin of the constable's office said Winkfein was belligerent, pushed Beize into oncoming traffic and nearly stepped into it herself. "She was using language I wouldn't expect any woman to use, let alone a 72-year-old woman," Griffin said. She continued to not listen to Beize's demands and was Tased, the incident report says. She was Tased again after not staying on the ground, as commanded, according to the report. DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS
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Horse and buggy chase ends in suspect%u2019s arrest : Police Blotter : The Buffalo News - The driver of a horse and buggy led Cattaraugus County sheriff’s deputies on a three-mile pursuit through fields and woods early Monday morning, eventually abandoning the buggy and fleeing on foot.
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Pennsylvania mom arrested after faking abduction - A Pennsylvania woman was arrested Wednesday after her story about being abducted with her daughter unraveled -- quickly turning from a mysterious missing persons case into a criminal investigation that ended in her capture at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. Making false accusations, identity theft (using co-worker's license), stealing $300,000 from employer and lying to 911 - throw the book at her!!
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Judge Finds Copyright Lawsuit Over Tie-Dye Shirts Totally Frivolous | Techdirt - Many may associate tie-dyed shirts with hippies, The Grateful Dead and sharing, but apparently one maker of such shirts thought it owned a copyright on certain designs. Michael Scott points us to the news that a tie-dye shirt maker named Bonzai had claimed that another shirt maker, Broder Bros., had copied two of its tie-dye shirt design patterns and color schemes, but thankfully, the judge not only tossed the suit out as frivolous, but also handed over attorneys' fees as well. The judge found it ridiculous that anyone would claim a copyright on such things, noting that there was nothing original in the designs that made them deserving of copyright protection, and ordered the Copyright Office to cancel the registrations.
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Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, Teen Somali Pirate, Indicted In NYC Court - A Somali teenager whose role in the commandeering of an American cargo ship thrust him into the international spotlight has been indicted on multiple criminal charges, authorities said Tuesday.
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IRS says focus on wealthy individuals, companies - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is focusing its audits on wealthy individuals and corporations as part of a broader effort to increase enforcement, the agency chief told lawmakers on Tuesday.
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Who wants to free cop killer Mumia-Abu-Jamal Now? - Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal seeking a new trial for death row inmate and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the 1981 shooting of Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Earlier, a lower court rescinded Abu-Jamal's death sentence, which prosecutors have asked to be reinstated. Meanwhile, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, last week's ruling "virtually guarantees that the internationally known death row inmate will never be freed."
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ACLU sues over patents on breast cancer genes - - Myriad Genetics, a Utah-based company, vowed Wednesday to "vigorously defend" itself against a legal challenge to its patents on two human genes linked to breast and ovarian cancers, its attorney told CNN. "Myriad strongly believes its patents are valid and enforceable and will be upheld by the courts," said Richard Marsh, the company's general counsel. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Myriad, arguing that patenting pure genes is unconstitutional and hinders research for a cancer cure.
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%u2018Abu Ghraib US prison guards were scapegoats for Bush%u2019 lawyers claim - Times Online - Prison guards jailed for abusing inmates at the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq are planning to appeal against their convictions on the ground that recently released CIA torture memos prove that they were scapegoats for the Bush Administration.The photographs of prisoner abuse at the Baghdad jail in 2004 sparked worldwide outrage but the previous administration, from President Bush down, blamed the incident on a few low-ranking “bad apples” who were acting on their own.The decision by President Obama to release the memos showed that the harsh interrogation tactics were approved and authorised at the highest levels of the White House.
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Mexico will legalize Drugs for personal use | Free Used Cars Ads Blog - While everybody its talking about the flu, Mexico senado has in their hands a law that would allow for citizens to carry up to 5 grams of marihuana.
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Strangest lawsuit ever? - Demetrius Soupolos, 29, and his former beauty queen wife, Traute, were very keen to have a child together, but Demetrius was sterile so they began to seek out other possible options.The option the couple eventually decided on was to hire their neighbour Frank Maus, 34, to impregnate Traute.Maus, who was already married with two children agreed to do the job for the fee of €2,000. For three evenings a week for the next six months, a total of 72 different times, Maus tried to impregnate Traute.When his own wife objected, Maus explained that he was "only doing it for the money."After the unsuccessful six-month period Soupolos insisted that Maus take a medical examination. The doctor concluded that Maus was also sterile, which forced his wife into admitting that their two children did not belong to him.
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Barack Obama: Bush ocould be prosecuted over 'torture' - US President Barack Obama has bowed to pressure from the Left by opening the door to Bush administration officials being prosecuted for approving alleged torture by CIA interrogators.
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Stop the Cap! · BREAKING NEWS: Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) Condemns Time Warner Internet Cap; Will Take Lead Role in Opposition - New York Representative Eric Massa to Fiercely Oppose Time Warner's "Outrageous" Bandwidth Caps, Will Draft Legislation Banning such Caps!

For those that don't know, Time Warner is putting a 40 gig/month bandwidth cap on connections in many places.
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Colorado professor wins wrongful-termination suit - The University of Colorado professor who likened 9/11 victims to a Nazi leader was fired in retaliation for his controversial remarks, a Denver jury ruled Thursday.Jurors in the wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by Ward L. Churchill agreed with the embattled professor's contention that he was the victim of a "howling mob," not the perpetrator of academic misconduct.

NeoCon will be very upset!
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Unanimous ruling: Iowa marriage no longer limited to one man, one woman | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register - The Iowa Supreme Court this morning unanimously upheld gays’ right to marry.“The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution,” the justices said in a summary of their decision.
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Subpoena for former US Vice-President Cheney - World - NZ Herald News - A federal judge has reinstated a man's request to subpoena former US Vice-President Dick Cheney as part of a lawsuit
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OSI Gazette » Blog Archive » Pictures of Fertalized Eggs Now a Sex Crime in North Dakota? - You see this image? That’s a fertilized human egg. The North Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill on Feb 19th 2009 which states that this picture is considered child pornography.
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San Francisco - The Snitch - Get Up, Stand Up: Ammiano Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill to the Press - Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's press conference this morning announcing his marijuana-legalization bill started punctually and stayed relentlessly on-point -- thereby denying a barb to every journalist present.Ammiano and the assembled speakers at San Francisco's State Building also spoke calmly and methodically, at one point being drowned out by a floor-waxer. The famously funny lawmaker reined himself in, presenting "The Marijuana Control, regulation and education act (AB 390)" as a simple matter of fiscal common sense. If you believe Ammiano and his straitlaced panel, it is.
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Bill to enable Japan to legally use force against pirates - The Mainichi Daily News - Yarrr, Bill to enable Japan to legally use force against pirates
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San Francisco - The Snitch - Legalize It: Ammiano to Introduce Legislation Monday to Allow Pot -- and Tax It - The story SF Weekly broke on Friday is true: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will announce legislation on Monday to legalize marijuana and earn perhaps $1 billion annually by taxing it.
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Woman blinded by acid wants same fate for attacker - CNN.com - Woman Blinded By Acid Requests That Her Attacker Be Blinded With Drops Of Acid In Each Eye. Iranian Court Accomodates Her.
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Pirate Bay Crew Chums Up to Foes Over Lunch | Threat Level from Wired.com - Pirate Bay Crew Chums Up to Foes Over Lunch
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Legal System Struggles With How to React When Police Officers Lie - WSJ.com - It's one of the most common accusations by defendants and defense attorneys -- that police officers don't tell the truth on the witness stand.
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Bill would dock lawmakers a day's pay for failing to vote - A state representative wants to dock lawmakers a day's pay if an unexcused absence causes them to miss a vote on legislation that reaches the floor of the House or Senate.
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Islam Film Dutch MP To Be Charged - A Dutch court has ordered prosecutors to put a right-wing politician on trial for making anti-Islamic statements. Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made a controversial film last year equating Islam with violence and has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.
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France's New Year's Tradition: Car-Burning - For much of the world, they became iconic of France's worst social ills: the burned-out carcasses of thousands of cars set ablaze during nearly three weeks of nationwide rioting in 2005. But as yet another orgy of automobile arson on Wednesday demonstrated, the torching of cars in France has not only become an everyday event; it's also now a regular form of expression for disenfranchised suburban youths wanting to make sure the rest of the country doesn't forget they exist. And their fiery presence is never felt so strongly as it is each New Year's Eve — the day of France's unofficial festival of car-burning.
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Gun 'Superchecks' May Violate Federal Law - The Delaware State Police have been conducting secret background checks of some gun owners since 2001, a process known as "superchecks" that may violate federal law.
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Verdict handed down in MySpace suicide trial - An American mother on trial in a landmark cyber-bullying case was convicted on Wednesday of three minor offences instead of the main conspiracy charge in a cruel internet hoax that apparently drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide.
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Key witness refuses to testify in ex-soldier's murder trial - A key witness in the homicide trial of an Iraq war veteran accused of killing a fellow soldier refused to testify Wednesday, in violation of a deal he made with prosecutors.
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Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama - WASHINGTON – Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.
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Andover law school convenes Bush War Crimes Conference - "For Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Yoo to spend years in jail or go to the gallows for their crimes would be a powerful lesson to future American leaders," Velvel said in a media advisory.
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Life for microwave baby killer - A mother who murdered her one-month-old daughter by burning her to death in a microwave oven has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. China Arnold, 28, was spared the death penalty when the jury in Dayton, Ohio failed to reach a consensus.
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Wisconsin woman arrested, booked over library fines - A Grafton woman has been arrested and booked for failing to pay her library fines. Heidi Dalibor, 20, told the News Graphic in Cedarburg she ignored the library's calls and letters as well as a notice to appear in court.
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Lawsuit Filed Against Gonzales & DOJ Officials - Six attorneys rejected from civil service positions at the Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and three other top officials for allegedly violating their rights by taking politics into consideration in the hiring process
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Denver cop breaks cyclist's teeth for running a red light - John Heaney, 57, was riding his through downtown Denver, Colorado when he was stopped by Michael Cordova for riding his bicycle "recklessly" through an intersection. According to police statements, officers testified under oath that Heaney was wildly combative and started a brawl with the officers. He was charged with assault on a police officer. The charges were dropped when the video surfaced showing a different version of the events.
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Juror Becomes Fly in the Ointment (Cato-at-liberty) - It was supposed to be just another federal drug prosecution. The federal prosecutors introduced evidence that the man on trial was involved in the black market drug trade. The defense attorney said the government agents entrapped his client. And then the twelve citizen-jurors retired to deliberate the outcome of the case.
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Iranians suspend death by stoning - Iran's has suspended the punishment of death by stoning, state media say. A judiciary spokesman said four people sentenced to die by stoning had had their sentences commuted and that all other cases had been put under review.
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Texas Executes Mexican murderer - A Mexican man whose case has drawn international attention has been executed in Texas for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl. Jose Medellin, 33, was put to death by lethal injection after the US Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal.
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Israel High Court says government acting unlawfully - The Israeli government is under attack form the High Court of Justice.Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, and Justices Eliezer Rivlin and Ayala Procaccia have slammed the state for ignoring the court's ruling in relation to the security fence a year ago.
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US vote says cigarettes are drugs - The US House of Representatives has voted to treat tobacco as a drug and have it regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Library confrontation points up privacy dilemma - Children's librarian Judith Flint was getting ready for the monthly book discussion group for 8- and 9-year-olds on "Love That Dog" when police showed up.They weren't kidding around: Five state police detectives wanted to seize Kimball Public Library's public access computers as they frantically searched for a 12-year-old girl, acting on a tip that she sometimes used the terminals.
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Smell of Marijuana Is Insufficient Cause for Search and Arre - The Washington State Supreme Court ruled this morning that an officer was unjustified when he arrested a car passenger after smelling marijuana.
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Tenant Banned from Flying Flag Upside Down, Gets Death Threat - he stood his ground: "I told him, 'I know I'm not breaking the law, but if you can come to my house and show me the statute, I'll take my flag down. Otherwise, I'll keep flying it.'"
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There's A Law That Takes Away Money If You Leave U.S. Citizenship? | MainStreet - one section of the act, which states that anyone voluntarily giving up his or her citizenship will be taxed on all of his assets as if he or she had sold them -- paying capital gains on assets that have increased in value, even though they have not been sold.That's right. While everyone in the media is focused on keeping aliens out of America, Congress has voted to lock its citizens - or at least a good portion of their assets -- into America! Maybe they're thinking that patriotism won't be enough to keep the smart money from recognizing the coming increases in the tax burden.
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High court strikes down gun ban - CNN.com - WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sweeping ban on handguns in the nation's capital violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
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Supreme Court Gun Ban Ruling Expected Tomorrow - D.C. Wire - - The U.S. Supreme Court today did not release its long-awaited ruling on whether the District's handgun ban violates the Second Amendment. That means the potentially landmark decision will almost certainly come tomorrow morning when the court is planning to issue the last of its rulings for the term. The case, District of Columbia v. Heller, which was argued nearly four months ago, could settle the decades-old debate over whether the Second Amendment grants individuals the right to own firearms.
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Court bans death penalty for child rape - Yahoo! News - WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declared Wednesday that executions are too severe a punishment for raping children, despite the "years of long anguish" for victims, in a ruling that restricts the death penalty to murder and crimes against the state.
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Lawyer says Florida's Supreme Court isn't legitimate - TALLAHASSEE - Six of Florida's seven Supreme Court justices filed written loyalty oaths last year after conservative activists challenged their authority to sit on the bench. One of the activists is a controversial Coral Gables attorney who wears his born-again Christianity on his sleeve and whose legal war against ultra-violent video games once landed him on "60 Minutes."Jack Thompson is facing a 10-year disbarment for professional misconduct and the Florida Supreme Court is supposed to have final say.But Thompson is arguing justices don't have the power to punish him because all of them except for Chief Justice Fred Lewis failed to properly file written loyalty oaths when they came to the bench years ago.
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Supreme Court rules for Guantanamo prisoners - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Guantanamo Bay prisoners can go before U.S. federal judges to challenge their years-long detention, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a landmark decision that delivered another setback for President George W. Bush's war on terrorism.
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law.com Law Dictionary - Because some people need a reminder: treason - n. the crime of betraying one's country, defined in Article III, section 3 of the U.S. Constitution: "Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort." Treason requires overt acts and includes the giving of government security secrets to other countries, even if friendly, when the information could harm American security. Treason can include revealing to an antagonistic country secrets such as the design of a bomber being built by a private company for the Defense Department. Treason may include "espionage" (spying for a foreign power or doing damage to the operation of the government and its agencies, particularly those involved in security) but is separate and worse than "sedition," which involves a conspiracy to upset the operation of the government. See also: espionage sedition
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Do You Own Your Software? - Unbeknownst to most software users, a lawsuit now at a critical stage could drastically expand the ability of software vendors to restrict how their customers can use their software.

The WoW licensing agreement ostensibly forbids using programs like Glider. Blizzard says that Donnelly illegally interfered with that agreement by selling Glider and, therefore, encouraging users to breach the license agreement by using the program.

Here's the scary part: Blizzard also insists that because the license agreement forbids using Glider with WoW, Glider users are committing copyright infringement when they load copies of WoW into RAM in order to play the game.
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Judge: Corps of Engineers can be sued over Katrina flooding - The Corps of Engineers had argued that it was immune from liability because the channel is part of New Orleans' flood control system. The law says the federal government cannot be sued if something goes wrong with a flood control project such as a levee, reservoir or dam.

Judge Stanwood Duval dismissed that argument, saying the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, or MRGO, was clearly a ship channel and not a flood control project.
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Lawmakers being forced to give up gas-guzzling cars - A little-noticed amendment to last year's energy bill requires House members who lease vehicles to select those that emit low levels of greenhouse gases.
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People are property now - Welkome to Kommunist Amerika, where people are property and you MUST give your baby's DNA at birth. A lie? No, a fucking law now, thanks to that traitor sitting on his White House throne.

NOW it's time for a bloody revolution.
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Today @ PC World Judge Deals Blow to RIAA in Music Piracy Ca - The Recording Industry Association of America suffered a legal setback this week in a music piracy case where a judge ruled that the sole act of making a music file available in a "shared folder" does not violate copyright laws.
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Court allows search and seizure in Virginia case - The Supreme Court affirmed Wednesday that police have the power to conduct searches and seize evidence, even when done during an arrest that turns out to have violated state law. The unanimous decision comes in a case from Portsmouth, Va., where city detectives seized crack cocaine from a motorist after arresting him for a traffic ticket offense.
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"What are you starin' at?" - LECCO, Italy (Reuters) - An Italian man was given a suspended jail sentence for staring too intensely at a woman sitting in front of him on a train.
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Supreme Court rules DWI is not a violent felony - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that convictions for drunken driving do not count as violent felonies for enhancing prison sentences.
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It took less than one drink to get Shannon Wilcutt busted - The businessman was meeting with clients for lunch at Mimi's Café when he noticed the woman. Sitting a few tables over with her 4-year-old boy, she seemed groggy — yet she was drinking a mimosa.
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Court to consider death penalty for child rape - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears arguments about whether the death penalty can be imposed for child rape, taking up for the first time in more than 30 years whether a crime other than murder can be punished by execution.
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Masseuses told to padlock pants - JAKARTA (Reuters) - A bid by a local government in Indonesia's East Java province to curb prostitution by asking masseuses to wear a padlock on their pants was an insult, a newspaper quoted the minister for women's empowerment as saying.
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Florida Senate passes controversial guns-to-work bill - TALLAHASSEE - The Republican-led state Senate handed a major election-year victory Wednesday to the National Rifle Association by approving a measure allowing some 500,000 Floridians with concealed-weapons permits to carry their guns to work.
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Florida lawmakers pass "take your guns to work" law - TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Most Florida residents would be allowed to take guns to work under a measure passed by Florida lawmakers on Wednesday.
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How does the legal concept of self defense work? - There've been some interesting Staff Report columns recently dealing with tricky and specific legal issues, like confessing to a crime after being found not guilty. It inspired me to raise the question of yet another legality that everyone thinks they understand by watching television procedural dramas: claiming self-defense. What exactly in the law makes allowance for self-defense? Do you have to plead guilty in order to claim self-defense, or is it a "not guilty by reason of" thing? What are the limitations on self-defense? Finally, and most importantly, the practical concern: if you do hurt or kill someone in self-defense, is there a process you should follow to report the incident to minimize suspicion and/or time in custody?
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FindLaw for Legal Professionals - Case Law, Federal and Stat - The funniest lawsuit in the history of the US... 1938: Butts vs. McCracken...Bonus: First names are great too.
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The most entertaining trial ever - I've was listening to a senior (a very senior, senior, you might say) lecture about the law of evidence when my cousin asked what would happen if you were rude in court. I gave him the obvious answer (contempt of court) but in the process I was reminded of something I had read a couple of years ago.
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Right to bear arms at heart of high court case - For the first time in 70 years, the U.S. Supreme Court will take on the question of whether individual Americans have the right to keep and bear arms or whether it a collective right of the people for service in a state militia.
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Judge allows Wikileaks site to re-open (AP) - AP - A federal judge who shuttered the renegade Web site Wikileaks.org reversed the decision Friday and allowed the site to re-open in the United States.
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First spam felony conviction upheld: no free speech to spam - Virginia's Supreme Court on Friday upheld the first US felony conviction for spamming. The spammer will serve nine years in prison for sending what authorities believe to be millions of messages over a two-month period in 2003.
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Attourney Smackdown - A federal judge recently got so infuriated by the conduct of two highly regarded trial attorneys that he overturned a jury's $51 million verdict, then ordered the lawyers to pay the fees and costs of the opposing lawyers, a sum that could total several million dollars.
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Thomas silent as Supreme Court talks on and on - CNN.com - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two years and 142 cases have passed since Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas last spoke up at oral arguments. It is a period of unbroken silence that contrasts with the rest of the court's unceasing inquiries.
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'Vista Capable' lawsuit against Microsoft now a class action - In a blow to Microsoft Corp., a federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit late Friday alleging that Microsoft unjustly enriched itself by promoting PCs as "Windows Vista Capable" even when they could only run a bare-bones version of the operating system, called "Vista Home Basic."
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Judge Says Friend Request Can Violate Protective Order - Sending a MySpace "friend request" to a person who holds a protective order against you requiring no contact is a violation of the order.Hence, a municipal judge in Staten Island, N.Y., has declined to dismiss a criminal contempt case against a 16-year-old. She allegedly made the Internet communication, in violation of a protective order requiring no-contact with a woman the teen's father had formerly dated and the woman's two daughters
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Two New Orleans Residents Charged With Spying for China - WASHINGTON --Âť The U.S. Justice Department on Monday declared it has blown the lid off what it described as a "classic espionage operation" involving two New Orleans residents and engineered by the Chinese government to obtain details of U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan.
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Court: Neb. Electric Chair Not Legal - LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that electrocution is cruel and unusual punishment, outlawing the electric chair in the only state that still used it as its sole means of execution.The state's death penalty remains on the books, but the court said the Legislature must approve another method to use it. The evidence shows that electrocution inflicts "intense pain and agonizing suffering," the court said.
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Woman Files for Restraining Order Against Cops - There are many ways to avoid the cops: Some folks run, some lie and others hide. But one creative Milwaukee woman came up with a novel idea, one that police hope never catches on. She got a temporary restraining order in family court against a detective.
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Magistrate judge suggests sanctions against RIAA lawyers - The RIAA's habit of roping numerous unrelated defendants into a single "John Doe" lawsuit has drawn the attention of a federal magistrate—and not in a good way. In the case of Arista v. Does 1-27, a lawsuit targeting students at the University of Maine, Magistrate Judge Margaret J. Kravchuk suggests that the court look into imposing Rule 11 sanctions on the RIAA's legal team.
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Tough street-racing law nabs 85-year-old - TORONTO (Reuters) - A new law meant to help crack down on young Canadian street racers in their souped up cars has nabbed an octogenarian in his Oldsmobile.
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Judge: Man can't be forced to divulge encryption passphrase - Especially if this ruling is appealed, U.S. v. Boucher could become a landmark case. The question of whether a criminal defendant can be legally compelled to cough up his encryption passphrase remains an unsettled one, with law review articles for the last decade arguing the merits of either approach.
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Judges given leeway in crack sentencing - The Supreme Court, weighing in on an issue with racial undertones, ruled Monday that federal judges have broad leeway to impose shorter prison terms for crack cocaine in a case that bolsters the argument for reducing the difference in sentences for crack and powder cocaine.
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The Raw Story | ACLU: Bush's wiretap bill violates Fourth Am - Bush's wiretap bill violates Fourth Amendment
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Police Cite Man for Watching Porn in Car - Police issued a citation for a man accused of watching pornography on his car DVD player. Cameron J. Walker, 24, of Irving, was issued misdemeanor citations for obscene display or distribution, not having a driver's license and having an open container of...
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Jury awards father $11 million in funeral case - BALTIMORE - A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals out of a belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. Religion strikes again!
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Supreme Court to decide photo ID voting law - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court said on Tuesday it would decide whether voters can be required to show photo identification, a move that can limit participation of the elderly and poor in elections.
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Gun-Toting, Pro-Pot Lawyer Discusses Killer's Trial - A man who shot his drinking buddy to death was too drunk to mean it, a Lexington jury concluded.
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Tarred, feathered and tied to a lamppost - Tied to a lamppost, he stands with his head and upper body covered in tar and feathers. A makeshift placard hung around his neck with a piece of string announces the reason for his treatment.It is a very public humiliation, and a medieval one. Almost ten years since Northern Ireland's Troubles officially ended, this remains the crude face of justice on the streets of south Belfast.
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He Didn't Kill, But He Will Be Executed - Kenneth Foster Jr. is scheduled to be executed in Texas later this month for the murder of Michael LaHood, even though everybody -- even the prosecutors -- knows Foster did not kill the man.
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Motorist who made obscene gesture to cop awarded $3,000 - A judge ordered last week that the Mobile Police Department pay $3,000 to a government engineer arrested for cursing and making an obscene hand gesture to an officer, court documents show.Addison DeBoi, 56, of Mobile was arrested shortly after Hurricane Katrina and was acquitted on the disorderly conduct charge last year. He sought $10,000 in damages from the police department because of time lost from work, the threat of losing his job -- which requires a government security clearance -- and the embarrassment of being put in jail.Mobile County District Judge Michael E. McMaken awarded DeBoi the money on Tuesday saying that legal precedent provides that police officers must have "thicker skin" than the general public.
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Iran arrests 230 in raid on illegal rock concert - TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian police arrested 230 people in a raid on an underground rock concert close to Tehran, amid a growing crackdown on behaviour deemed contrary to Islamic law, local officials said on Saturday.
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Canadians can now mention bombs, guns at airports - OTTAWA (Reuters) - Air travelers in Canada who make comments about bombs and guns will from now on only be arrested if it is clear they are making a serious threat, officials said on Wednesday.
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Wigs off as Britain ends courtroom tradition - LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's lawyers and judges are to break with centuries-old tradition and cease wearing white horse-hair wigs in non-criminal cases, the head of the country's judiciary announced on Thursday.
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Daily Kos: State of the Nation - The "Missing" 13th Amendment
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Missing staple lets murderers appeal - SYDNEY (Reuters) - A missing staple from a court document has allowed two murderers found guilty of one of Australia's most brutal killings to appeal against their convictions.
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NJ Enacts Anti-Global Warming Law - NJ Enacts Anti-Global Warming Law
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Egypt attempts to curb smoking in public (AP) -

Egyptians smoke traditional water pipes at a coffee shop in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 2, 2007. Egypt's 76 million people smoke billions of cigarettes a year — one of the highest rates in the Middle East. The country's parliament recently passed laws banning tobacco advertising, smoking in some public places including government buildings, schools and hospitals and selling tobacco to people under the age of 18. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)AP - In a country where perhaps the most popular national past-time is puffing on a water pipe or chain smoking while drinking tea, new laws designed to curb smoking are receiving a skeptical response.



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Wiretap charge dropped in police video case - "When police are audio- and video-recording traffic stops with notice to the subjects, similar actions by citizens, even if done in secret, will not result in criminal charges," Freed said yesterday. "I intend to communicate this decision to all police agencies within the county so that officers on the street are better-prepared to handle a similar situation should it arise again."
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US town set to ban saggy trousers - A mayor in the US state of Louisiana says he will sign into law a proposal to make wearing saggy trousers an act of indecent exposure.Delcambre town council unanimously passed the ordinance earlier this week making it a crime to wear trousers that show underwear.
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House set to pass post-Virginia Tech gun bill - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Spurred by the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, the Democratic-led House of Representatives is expected to approve a bill to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, lawmakers said on Tuesday.
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Pharmacies to fill orders no matter beliefs - A pharmacy would be required to fill prescriptions for any drug it stocks such as birth-control pills regardless of a pharmacist's moral beliefs under a bill that cleared the Legislature on Monday.The bill, approved 56-18 by the Assembly, establishes a pharmacy's duty to fill lawful prescriptions without undue delay and without consideration for a pharmacist's moral, philosophical or religious beliefs.
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Justice...Florida Style - Former Miami City Attorney Barry Kutun won't be forced to live under The Julia Tuttle Causeway. He won’t be required to register as a sex offender, wear a GPS tracking device, nor will his neighbors be notified of his presence at work or in the community. Apparently, that treatment is reserved only for us "common folk". Mr. Kutin was alleged to have paid to have sex at least eight times with an underage prostitute and somebody took pictures. Instead of being held to a higher (or at the very least equal) standard as a member of public office, Kutun, age 65, was allowed to plead guilty to one single count of child abuse, with no sexual designation whatsoever. A super sweet plea deal that amounts to a mere slap on the wrist considering the allegations against him. The only other man in Florida who has been anywhere near that lucky is disgraced former Republican Congressman Mark Foley.

Welcome to a Red State
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Alcatel-Lucent seeks more Microsoft money - $1.5bn is so two years ago Alcatel-Lucent is not satisfied with the $1.5bn Microsoft has been ordered to pay for violating two MP3 patents, and is seeking additional damages.
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Cheerleader sues county for false arrest - The attorney for the New Lebanon High School student arrested and sent to jail after losing her cheerleading uniform filed a notice of claim this week announcing plans for a lawsuit which will include Columbia County Emergency Management Director William Black...
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'Get a divorce' billboard gets dumped - A racy billboard proclaiming "Life's short. Get a divorce" caused such an uproar that city workers stripped it from its downtown perch after a week. It wasn't so much about the partially clothed man and woman on the law firm's ad.
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About 20,000 marchers smoke up for freer pot laws - Some 20,000 marijuana advocates blew smoke on the lawn of Queen's Park and puffed away as they marched the streets of Toronto on Saturday.The participants, taking part in the ninth annual Global Marijuana March being held in 232 cities, rallied to promote the legalization of pot in Canada.
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A 'BAD' SIGN - Lisa King Fithian is a walking billboard against shoplifting as she parades in front of a Wal-Mart in Attalla, Ala. - her penalty for stealing. A judge ordered her and another shoplifter to stand outside the store wearing the sign for four hours for two successive Saturdays to avoid serving 60 days in jail.
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Minorities Fare Worse in Traffic Stops - Washington - Black, Hispanic and white drivers are equally likely to be pulled over by police, but blacks and Hispanics are much more likely to be searched and arrested, a federal study found.
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Marc Fisher - Lawyer's Price For Missing Pants: $65 Million - He says he deserves millions for the damages he suffered by not getting his pants back, for his litigation costs, for "mental suffering, inconvenience and discomfort," for the value of the time he has spent on the lawsuit, for leasing a car every weekend for 10 years and for a replacement suit, according to court papers. Pearson is demanding $65,462,500. The original alteration work on the pants cost $10.50.
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Court to rule if chimp has human rights - He recognises himself in the mirror, plays hide-and-seek and breaks into fits of giggles when tickled. He is also our closest evolutionary cousin.A group of world leading primatologists argue that this is proof enough that Hiasl, a 26-year-old chimpanzee, deserves to be treated like a human. In a test case in Austria, campaigners are seeking to ditch the 'species barrier' and have taken Hiasl's case to court. If Hiasl is granted human status - and the rights that go with it - it will signal a victory for other primate species and unleash a wave of similar cases.

There is hope for Bush!
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Trial would have done Stalin proud - lawyer - THE secret agreement that resulted in David Hicks facing only nine more months in prison may do fatal damage to an already discredited system of dealing with terrorism suspects, legal experts say.The combination of a sentencing deal arranged behind closed doors and the conditions imposed on Hicks, including a year-long gag order and a declaration that he was never tortured, has shown the process to be a political and not legal one, Australian and US observers say.Robert Richter, QC, one of Australia's most experienced criminal lawyers and a Hicks supporter, said the trial was a sham that had wholly discredited the Pentagon's war-crimes process.
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Court hears "Bong hits 4 Jesus" case - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In its first major student free-speech rights case in almost 20 years, U.S. Supreme Court justices struggled on Monday with how far schools can go in censoring students.
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wsbradio.com: News Pre-Abortion Sonogram? - Of all the stupid crap in the world. A power grab by pro-life activists just got passed by the House: a requirement for doctors to show an ultrasound of the fetus right before an abortion.
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Begging for free speech - DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's High Court struck down a 19th century law against begging on Thursday, ruling in favor of a beggar who had argued that his arrest violated a right to free speech, broadcaster RTE reported.
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Homeowner had 'a right to resist' - John Coffin won't spend any more time in jail for beating up two sheriff's deputies inside his house, striking one in the head with a Taser gun he took from the other.
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Yes, spitting in the face is crime, court rules - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A man who intentionally spat at another can be charged with criminal assault, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
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ksl.com - Marijuana Odor Didn't Justify Search Without a War - The odor of burning marijuana didn't justify a search of a central Utah trailer without a warrant, the Utah Supreme Court said Friday.

Now if only they'd decriminalize it, at least to the extend Alaska has.
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D.C. Gun Ban Ruled Unconstitutional, Violates Individual Right To Own A Gun - Friday, March 09, 2007 This week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Second Amendment is an individual right and concluded that the District of Columbia’s ban on guns in the home is unconstitutional. According to the majority opinion, "[T]he phrase 'the right of the people'...leads us to conclude that the right in question is individual." Also, earlier this week, Second Amendment supporters on Capitol Hill introduced H.R. 1399 - the "District of Columbia Personal Protection Act."
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Supreme Court refuses to review 200-year sentence for child porn - Sign of the times The US Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of a man who was sentenced to 200 years in prison for the possession of child pornography. It was one of several recent actions indicating that America's courts are getting tough on kiddie-porn suspects in an age where the trafficking of such images are easier than ever.
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Mexican Trucks Travel Freely In U.S. - Substandard trucks driven by low-paid, unqualified Mexican drivers that will threaten national security and endanger American motorists will travel freely throughout the United States under a new Bush Administration pilot project.The program will lift the current restrictions in place for Mexican truck companies that deliver goods into the U.S. and must remain within the 25-mile commercial zone along the Southwest border. In about 60 days Mexican truck companies will be free to travel from Mexico throughout the United States and back.
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Judy pwns ebay scammer. -
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Bong Hits 4 Jesus - Supreme Court case - The dispute arose in advance of the Winter Olympics of 2002. The Olympic torch relay was passing through Juneau as the torch was on its way to Salt Lake City, and Juneau schools decided to turn the event into a teachable moment by letting students watch.At Juneau-Douglas High School, Principal Deborah Morse allowed students, under supervision, to watch the torch runner pass in front of the school. School cheerleaders and the pep band performed.Some students watched from across the street as well -- significantly, not on school property. In that group, student Joseph Frederick had other plans for when the torch passed. As cameras recorded the moment, he and other students unfurled a large banner that read: "BONG HITS 4 JESUS." He later described it as a humorous, meaningless, and not at all pro-drug, message.When Morse asked the students to take down the banner, all complied except Frederick, who asserted his First Amendment rights. Morse grabbed and crumpled the banner and suspended Frederick for five days. During a later discussion, according to his brief, Frederick quoted Thomas Jefferson to her -- and his suspension was increased to 10 days. Frederick sued in federal court.
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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Separation Church/State - The case is a critical one for church-state separation, as the religious right is using it as a vehicle to urge the Court to eliminate taxpayer standing in Establishment Clause cases, which would significantly undermine the ability of Americans to obtain access to the courts to vindicate their constitutional right to religious liberty.
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Bush SAYS Americans have No ‘Unalienable Rights’ - In one of the most chilling public statements ever made by a U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales questioned whether the U.S. Constitution grants habeas corpus rights of a fair trial to every American.
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Woman's Lawsuit Threatens To Remove Speed Cameras - In November 2005, Mendenhall got a ticket from a red-light camera. It stated she was going 39 mph in a 25 mph zone on Copley Road in Akron.Mendenhall is married to Warner Mendenhall, an attorney known for fighting government."He said, 'Well, you're going to have to pay the ticket or I'm going to have to sue somebody.' I said, 'Well, I guess you're going to have to sue somebody,'" she said.And he did, Pohman reported.
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$3.76 photo dispute finally resolved - It took nearly two years, three courts and five judges, but a lawyer has cleared himself of a shoplifting conviction. At the center of the dispute? $3.76.A three-judge appeals panel ruled that a charge of shoplifting should not have applied when Adam Goodmann walked out of a Walgreens without paying for a set of photo prints.Goodmann claimed he should have been charged $5.99 as promoted in a flier; the store in Fair Lawn wanted $9.75.
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Congress can halt Iraq war, experts tell lawmakers - The U.S. Congress has the power to end the war inIraq, a former Bush administration attorney and other high-powered legal experts told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
With many lawmakers poised to confrontPresident George W. Bush by voting disapproval of his war policy in the coming days, four of five experts called before the Senate Judiciary Committee said Congress could go further and restrict or stop U.S. involvement if it chose.
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H.R. 393 - THE DRAFT OF ALL PERSONS AGES 18 - 42 - To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the favorable treatment afforded combat pay under the earned income tax credit, and for other purposes.
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Pentagon sets rules for detainee trials - The Pentagon's rules for upcoming detainee trials would allow terrorism suspects to be convicted and perhaps executed using hearsay evidence and some coerced testimony.The rules are fair, said the Pentagon, which released them Thursday in a manual for the expected trials. However, they could spark a fresh confrontation between the Bush administration and the Democratic-led Congress over treatment of terror suspects.
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American Civil Liberties Union : Adults Have Privacy Right t - Adults Have Privacy Right to Use Marijuana in the Home, Says Alaska Judge in Landmark Ruling
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Murder Suspect Selling Company - In an exclusive jailhouse interview with Wired News, Hans Reiser announces he's looking to sell off his open-source file system company to help pay legal costs, as he fights charges of murdering his wife. Joshua Davis reports from Dublin, California.
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Hidden Camera Exposes Illegal Search by Police - A driver who wishes to remain anonymous has used a hidden camera mounted in the dash of his car to record instances with police as a protection against potential harassment or any violation of rights.
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Judge dismisses Guantanamo prisoner case - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Guantanamo prisoner who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June lost his bid to challenge his detention on Wednesday when a federal judge dismissed the case because of a new anti-terrorism law signed by President George W. Bush.
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Judge considers unprecedented torture claim against Rumsfeld - A federal judge appeared reluctant to give outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld immunity from torture allegations but also said Friday that it would be unprecedented for him to allow Rumsfeld to face a civil trial."What you're asking for has never been done before," U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan told lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union.The ACLU is suing on behalf of nine former prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. The lawsuit contends the men were beaten, suspended upside down from the ceiling by chains, urinated on, shocked, sexually humiliated, burned, locked inside boxes and subjected to mock executions.

Didn't you tell me it would never happen NeoCon?!?!?
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Disgruntled Dell customer finds crafty path to lawsuit settl - Disgruntled Dell customer finds crafty path to lawsuit settlement
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30 Craziest Lawsuits - 30 Craziest Lawsuits
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BREITBART.COM - US Supreme Court appears divided over global - The nine-member US Supreme Court appeared split as it took up the debate over global warming, with rival lawyers arguing whether some greenhouse gas emissions should be regulated.
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Judge Orders Agency to Restore Aid to Katrina Evacuees - New - The Federal Emergency Management Agency must restore housing assistance, and pay back rent, to thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees who had been deemed ineligible for long-term housing assistance, a federal judge ruled today.
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Reverse Engineering DRM on CDs Deemed Lawful - The US Librarian of Congress is recommending that Congress officially recognize that engineering intended to expose flaws in DRM schemes on audio CDs to be non-infringing. Soon, the type of work engineers like Mark Russinovich and Ed Felten performed to expose DRM flaws, will be protected by law.
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Judge strikes down part of Bush anti-terror order - A federal judge in Los Angeles, who previously struck down sections of the Patriot Act, has ruled that provisions of an anti-terrorism order issued by President George W. Bush after September 11 are unconstitutional.
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Academics Get Exemption from DVD Copyright Law - Three professors from the University of Pennsylvania asked for an academic exemption to a law that makes it illegal to reproduce copyrighted material from DVDs -- even short excerpts. The professors' request was granted.
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High Court to Weigh Climate Change Case - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court hears arguments this week in a case that could determine whether the Bush administration must change course in how it deals with the threat of global warming.
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International Law is US Law Too - In a recent speech to the Federalist Society, US Homeland Security Secretary and formal federal judge Michael Chertoff said: "International law is being used as a rhetorical weapon against us,"
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Plea deals pile up in Iraq murder cases - Experts surprised that military has agreed to lighter sentences
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Boston Men Cleared in Slayings Sue Gov't - BOSTON — Two Boston men spent 30 years in prison for an underworld slaying they did not commit after the FBI withheld evidence that would have cleared the pair to protect a mob hitman who was serving as an informant.
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Guantanamo detention cases must be dismissed: U.S. - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration said on Monday that Guantanamo prisoners have no constitutional right to challenge their detention before U.S. federal judges, and the lawsuits by hundreds of detainees must be dismissed.
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Google Video Target of Copyright Suit - Although Google is not disclosing the origin of the suit, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week indicates that its Google Video service is the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit.
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Pennsylvania court says viewing child porn 'not illegal' - Cache loophole A US court has ruled that viewing child pornography on a website without deliberately saving it to a computer is not a crime. The judge said that the state penal code was ambiguous, so he must rule in favour of the defendant.
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Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse - A lawsuit in Germany will seek a criminal prosecution of the outgoing Defense Secretary and other U.S. officials for their alleged role in abuses at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo
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Donald Rumsfeld: The War Crimes Case - JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, president of the National Lawyers Guild, says that although Donald Rumsfeld is resigning as US Secretary of Defense, steps should be and will be taken to hold him accountable for breaches of international law and even war crimes sanctioned in Iraq and Guantanamo during his tenure ...
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Top court considers major abortion test cases - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several U.S. Supreme Court justices asked on Wednesday whether the first nationwide ban on a specific abortion procedure must be struck down for failing to allow exceptions for a pregnant woman's health.
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Judge blocks Calif. measure against sex offenders - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge moved on Wednesday to block a law that California voters passed a day earlier that would have boosted tracking of sex offenders and limited where they could live.
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New Jersey seen stopping short of gay marriage - PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - New Jersey state legislators from both parties on Thursday predicted same-sex marriage would have a difficult time winning approval, likely leaving gays and lesbians with the same rights as other couples but unable to call the unions marriage.
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Florida judge orders copy of Bully for review - Free speech implications A US judge has ordered developer RockStar Games to hand over a pre-release copy of its controversial title 'Bully' for review. The judge will assess its content in a move that civil liberties activists say breaches free speech rights.
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Bahamas orders man lashed with cat-o'-nine-tails - NASSAU, Bahamas, Oct 10 (Reuters Life!) - A man convicted of trying to rape an 83-year-old woman was sentenced to eight lashes with a cat-o'-nine-tails, a punishment used by the British Navy in the 18th century and reinstated in the Bahamas 15 years ago.
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Supreme Court rejects Texas sex-toy case - Adult bookstore sued state over law against toys shaped like sexual organs
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Gonzales Cautions Judges on Interfering - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who is defending President Bush's anti-terrorism tactics in multiple court battles, said Friday that federal judges should not substitute their personal views for the president's judgments in wartime.

This translates to: "Obey our Leader, or else in prison without trial"
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President Given Undue Power to Silence Critics - "This ominously broad definition of enemy combatants would mean that almost anyone who actively opposes the President or the government could be locked up indefinitely. This bill makes a mockery of the rule of law."
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Federal judge: boating illegal in all US navigable waters - In a rather bizarre ruling that has marine industry officials worried, Judge Robert G. James of the United States District Court, Western Division of Louisiana, has said that it is criminal trespass for the American boating public to boat, fish, or hunt on the Mississippi River and other navigable waters in the US.

Freedom biting the dust again! LOL
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Climate change heads for the Supreme Court - Politics, science and the law The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the arguments in the case of Massachusetts vs the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Intrusive measures worse than terrorism - If I knew a terrorist, I would ask how much Osama bin Laden Inc. counts on the massive, unnecessary expense and damage America inflicts on itself by overreacting to the threat of terror.The foolishness of color-coded alerts and X-raying the shoes of all airplane passengers is well-known. The huge expense and bureaucracy of the Transportation Security Administration is a monument to our miscalculation of risk. And so on.
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Judge Halts NSA Snooping - Calling the government's warrantless wiretapping program unconstitutional, a district judge orders the National Security Agency to stop it. Now. By Ryan Singel.
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