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  • N.Y. Man Arrested for Hezbollah TV Broadcast

    08/24/2006 9:50:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,282+ views
    NewsMax ^ | August24, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    U.S. authorities have arrested a New York man for broadcasting Hezbollah television station al-Manar, which has been designated a terrorist entity by the U.S. Treasury Department, prosecutors said Thursday. Javed Iqbal, 42, was arrested Wednesday because his Brooklyn-based company HDTV Ltd. was providing New York-area customers with the Hezbollah-operated channel, federal prosecutors said in a statement. It did not say how long Iqbal's company had been providing satellite broadcasts of al-Manar, which the U.S. Treasury Department in March had designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity, making it a crime to conduct business with al-Manar. Iqbal has been charged with...
  • Federal Judge rules NSA surveillance unconstitutional!

    08/17/2006 9:06:43 AM PDT · by sinkspur · 585 replies · 17,162+ views
    ABC Radio News | 8/17/2006 | ABC Radio News
    A federal district judge in Detroit has ruled that the Bush administration's NSA surveillance of phone conversations is unconstitutional.
  • Are you ready for some football?(Florida Judge Blocks Terror Preventing Searches At Football Games)

    08/11/2006 12:14:28 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 1,751+ views ^ | 8 10 06 | mdjonline
    Isn't it ironic that one of the things our enemies, the Islamofascists, hate about America is the very thing that enables them to operate here? I'm talking about our openness. Our rights to privacy. The many freedoms granted us by the U.S. Constitution. And the protections and even special treatment afforded Muslim organizations in the U.S. We're a society like no other. Take for example last week's decision by Federal District Court Judge James Whittemore of Florida, who ruled in favor of ACLU lawyers last week that pat down searches before football games should be prohibited because they violate fans'...
  • NYPD mulls tightening rules for sidewalk, street protests

    07/19/2006 3:59:29 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 5 replies · 433+ views ^ | 07.19.06 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK ó Police have proposed placing tighter restrictions on protesters who march on sidewalks by making them obtain parade permits ó a move civil libertarians say would cripple the rights of people to stage spontaneous demonstrations. The written proposal, made public on July 17, would require permits for any march on a sidewalk by 35 or more people or for street demonstrations involving 20 or more bicycles or other vehicles. It says the new rules are needed to better police ďassemblies that obstruct the free passage of public streets and sidewalks.Ē Current regulations, which are more loosely worded, mandate...
  • Sheriff's remarks called 'overtly racist'

    07/08/2006 5:14:44 AM PDT · by Ellesu · 44 replies · 2,060+ views ^ | 07/08/06 | Paul Rioux
    Strain says he's just trying to find suspects : St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain's statements about the suspects in a recent quadruple murder near Slidell amount to racial profiling that broadly paints Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans as "thugs" and "trash," the American Civil Liberties Union said in an open letter to the sheriff. Strain countered that the ACLU is distorting his comments, which he said were intended to warn St. Tammany residents about early signs of post-Katrina "spillover crime" from New Orleans. The dispute centers on a TV interview Strain gave after four people were shot June...
  • Man's Comment On Check Could Land Him In Jail

    06/27/2006 11:50:03 AM PDT · by beezdotcom · 122 replies · 3,899+ views
    KIRO 7 TV ^ | Jun. 27, 2006 | Associated Press
    BERKLEY, Mich. -- The parking fine was $10. But the comment Robert Militzer added to the check could land him in jail for 30 days. The computer programmer from Allen Park got the ticket May 29. When Militzer wrote the check to Berkley District Court, he scribbled on the memo line, "BULL (expletive) MONEY GRAB." That got Militzer an in-person court appearance -- on a contempt of court charge. He's scheduled to go before a judge Wednesday, accompanied by an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who will argue Militzer's remark is protected by the First Amendment.
  • Court Agency Bans Prayers At 4-H Meetings

    06/26/2006 12:13:52 PM PDT · by Abathar · 34 replies · 910+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | June 26, 2006 | AP
    CROWN POINT, Ind. -- Prayer has been banned at 4-H meetings in Lake County, Ind. A memorandum issued last month by the Lake County Cooperative Extension Service said prayer is forbidden at all times, including to "begin or close meetings, fundraisers, camp sessions, including meals, and/or award ceremonies." Stan Sims, the county extension director, said he issued the directive because: "We want to respect peoples' beliefs and be inclusive." No single incident prompted his note. The formal prayers had been a tradition at various events, including 4-H, which has more than 800 youth members in Lake County. The new policy...
  • ACLU Fights To Keep Communist Propaganda In School Library

    06/21/2006 10:12:54 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 27 replies · 973+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 22-Jun-06 | John Stephenson
    The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge to stop the Miami-Dade County school district from removing a series of childrenís books from its libraries, including a volume about Cuba which depicts smiling kids in communist uniforms. The ACLU and the Miami-Dade County Student Government Association argued in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Miami on Wednesday that the school board should add materials with alternate viewpoints rather than remove books that could be offensive. Last week, the board voted 6-3 to remove ďVamos a CubaĒ and its English-language version, ďA Visit to CubaĒ from 33 schools,...
  • District pulls plug on speech

    06/19/2006 1:33:47 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 62 replies · 1,552+ views
    Review Journal ^ | June 17, 2006 | Antonio Planas
    She knew her speech as valedictorian of Foothill High School would be cut short, but Brittany McComb was determined to tell her fellow graduates what was on her mind and in her heart. But before she could get to the word in her speech that meant the most to her -- Christ -- her microphone went dead. Advertisement The decision to cut short McComb's commencement speech Thursday at The Orleans drew jeers from the nearly 400 graduates and their families that went on for several minutes. However, Clark County School District officials and an attorney with the American Civil Liberties...
  • Church play to get ACLU probe

    06/03/2006 3:58:31 PM PDT · by dukeman · 69 replies · 1,238+ views
    The Muskegon Chronicle ^ | 6/2/06 | Lynn Moore
    Controversy surrounding a religious drama recently presented in two local public schools has prompted an investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union -- and a plan by the church to bring the drama to the public. "The Last Call," based on the Bible's Book of Revelations, was presented to students at Muskegon Heights High School last December and at Muskegon's Steele Middle School in April. Teachers in Muskegon have complained about the program, which was performed April 14 during a mandatory all-school assembly at Steele on Good Friday during school hours. The ACLU began an investigation after The Chronicle on...
  • Christians Win Free Speech Victory Against ACLU In New York

    04/11/2006 6:41:45 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 24 replies · 987+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 10-Apr-06 | John Stephenson
    A federal judge has ordered an upstate New York school district to return bricks inscribed with Christian messages to a high school walkway, and a pro-family civil liberties attorney is praising the outcome as a victory against viewpoint discrimination. The dispute arose after the Mexico Academy High School class of 1999 in Mexico, New York (Oswego County), sold bricks that could be inscribed with personal messages and included in a walkway as a fundraiser. However, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) complained that certain bricks, particularly those inscribed with the messages ĀgJesus Saves/John 3:16Āć and ĀgJesus Christ, the only way,Āh...
  • Tensions Prompt School To Alter Dress Code

    04/05/2006 2:41:32 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 48 replies · 1,817+ views ^ | 4/5/06 | Mike Hooker
    (CBS4) WESTMINSTER, Colo. The immigration debate and recent demonstrations over the issue have led to a change in the dress code for a middle school in Adams County. Students at Shaw Heights Middle School are no longer allowed to wear anything that is patriotic, including camouflage pants, because they have become a political symbol for a version of patriotism, CBS4 reports. "It upsets me that we cannot support our troops -- the military," said Kirsten Golgart, an eighth grader who was told she'd be suspended if she didn't change her clothes. "We can't support our country. If we're American, I...
  • Father's Rights Book May Be Banned By Massachusetts Court.

    03/24/2006 10:43:07 AM PST · by Orlando · 59 replies · 2,290+ views
    ANCPR ^ | 3-21-06 | ANCPR
    On Wed,March 22, there will be a hearing in Essex County Court in Massachusetts, which could result in the banning of a book by Fathers rights(Pro-Family) activist, Kevin Thompson. Kevin Thompson has been fighting a long and lonely battle in the Essex Probate and Family Court to try to be able to be a father to his son. Several months ago, the court impounded the records of the trial and Judge DeGangi has recently granted a restraining order forbidding Kevin from distributing his book, EXPOSING THE CORRUPTION IN THE MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY COURTS.
  • NYCLU demands review of GOP convention arrests

    03/24/2006 2:44:57 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 5 replies · 412+ views ^ | 3 24 06 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK ó A civil liberties group accused police yesterday of lying about the circumstances surrounding the arrests of hundreds of protesters during the Republican National Convention. In a letter to police and prosecutors, the New York Civil Liberties Union demanded a review of cases brought against protesters arrested on Aug. 31, 2004, at demonstrations near the World Trade Center site and Union Square. ďWe are concerned that false police statements may have tainted hundreds of cases of people arrested at the two largest mass arrests during the convention,Ē wrote the groupís attorney, Christopher Dunn. City law officials have said...
  • ACLU says lethal injection violates First Amendment

    03/08/2006 8:00:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 2,061+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/8/06 | David Kravets - ap
    The American Civil Liberties Union claimed in a federal lawsuit Wednesday that California's lethal injection protocol violates the First Amendment rights of execution witnesses by not allowing them to see if the inmate is experiencing pain before death. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, says the only reason San Quentin State Prison officials inject a paralyzing agent is to sanitize the execution and prevent witnesses from perhaps seeing convulsions. The paralyzing drug, according to the lawsuit, "makes it impossible for witnesses to determine whether death row inmates in California are being subjected to substantial and unnecessary...
  • ACLU opposes creation of 'Catholic town'

    03/01/2006 8:05:15 AM PST · by grundle · 74 replies · 1,644+ views ^ | Feb. 22, 2006
    ACLU opposes creation of 'Catholic town' Domino's Pizza founder wants to build new town with 'Catholic values' ACLU opposes creation of 'Catholic town' Feb. 21: The Situation's Tucker Carlson asks Howard Simon, the Executive Director of Florida's ACLU, why his group is trying to stop the founder of Domino's pizza from building a town with Catholic values, and pharmacies that may not stock contraceptives. TRANSCRIPT MSNBC Updated: 3:45 p.m. ET Feb. 22, 2006 If you could build a town from scratch, what would it look like? Tom Monaghan, the founder of DominoĎs Pizza, wants a towering Roman Catholic Church at...
  • Judge: Lesbian couple can be foster parents

    02/17/2006 7:04:20 PM PST · by Stellar Dendrite · 493 replies · 3,984+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Fri, Feb. 17, 2006 | By JOHN SHULTZ
    Judge: Lesbian couple can be foster parents By JOHN SHULTZ The Kansas City Star Missouri cannot block an openly gay Kansas City womanís efforts to become a foster parent because of her sexual orientation, a Jackson County judge ruled today. In her decision, Circuit Judge Sandra Midkiff ruled the state arbitrarily denied Lisa Johnstonís petition to become a foster parent because she is a lesbian. Johnston and partner Dawn Roginski sought to become foster parents in 2003, but their efforts were stymied by an unwritten state social services policy prohibiting gays from becoming foster parents. The state argued that Johnston...
  • Police Shot Him, But ACLU Killed Him, Group Says

    02/17/2006 10:35:38 AM PST · by yama85 · 16 replies · 858+ views ^ | February 17, 2006 | Susan Jones
    ( - Police in Antioch, Calif., shot and killed a man this week when he allegedly advanced on them with a carving knife and a meat fork. Although a bullet killed 27-year-old Scott Dittman, it might not have happened if police could have used a TASER instead of a gun, a law enforcement lobbying group said on Friday. The Law Enforcement Alliance of America calls Dittman's shooting the nation's "first real TASER death," and it pins the blame on the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which released a report in October, warning about the rise in Taser-related deaths.
  • ACLU takes on Boy Scouts in 9th Circuit

    02/11/2006 9:58:48 AM PST · by Jay777 · 58 replies · 1,413+ views
    Worldnet Daily ^ | February 11, 2006 | Unknown
    An ACLU lawsuit on behalf of an agnostic, lesbian couple seeking to nullify the Boy Scoutsí long-standing lease with a San Diego park will be heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, widely regarded as the nationís most liberal. The city of San Diego is appealing a U.S. District Court judgeís ruling in 2003, which determined the agreement violates the First Amendmentís ban on state-sponsored religion. Oral arguments will begin Tuesday morning in Pasadena, Calif. A decision is expected later this year. Judge Napoleon Jones said in his 2003 ruling the Boy Scouts are a religious organization with a...
  • SSDP Sues Department of Education in Freedom of Information Act Dispute

    02/07/2006 4:14:36 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 631+ views ^ | 2 6 06 |
    The nonprofit organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy announced late last week it has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education alleging that the department is refusing to release state-by-state data on the number of students affected by a law barring them from receiving financial aid because they have a drug conviction unless SSDP pays a hefty fee for the service. The student group wants information about the impact of the Higher Education Act's (HEA) drug provision, authored by arch-drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), and in effect since 2000. SSDP is part of a large coalition of student,...
  • Mich. judge ridiculed on teens' Web site strikes back

    01/31/2006 2:23:59 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 121 replies · 3,341+ views ^ | 1 30 06 | associated press
    TROY, Mich. ó A judge who sentenced three teenagers to probation for being drunk at their high school prom had them jailed after he saw them drinking and ridiculing him on a Web site one of them created. "I told them, 'If you think this gives me any pleasure, you're wrong,'" Oakland County District Judge Michael Martone said after sentencing the last of the girls, Amanda Senopole, to 10 days in jail last week. "You know, it's just a crying shame," Martone said. "I work my butt off trying to help kids like this, trying to figure out what works....
  • Boy scouts cutting public ties, Fear lawsuits over 'God' in oath

    01/21/2006 1:03:05 PM PST · by Coleus · 80 replies · 1,728+ views ^ | 01.20.06 | DEENA YELLIN
    The fear of lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union has driven 216 Boy Scout, Cub Scout and related troops across the state - including 35 in North Jersey - to sever their charters with public institutions. Many of them, including Troop 124 in Northvale, have enjoyed a long friendship with municipalities that have sponsored the Scouts, provided them with funding and offered a comfortable meeting space. But an ACLU threat has sent troops scrambling for new sponsors. The Boy Scouts of America issued a directive last April for all troops to transfer their sponsorship by the end of the...
  • ACLU Sues to Stop Illegal Spying on Americans, Saying President is Not Above the Law

    01/16/2006 9:54:03 PM PST · by Jay777 · 75 replies · 1,568+ views
    PRN News ^ | January 17, 12:01 am ET | Unknown
    Prominent Journalists, Nonprofit Groups, Terrorism Experts and Community Advocates Join First Lawsuit to Challenge New NSA Spying Program NEW YORK, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Saying that the Bush administration's illegal spying on Americans must end, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the National Security Agency seeking to stop a secret electronic surveillance program that has been in place since shortly after September 11, 2001. "President Bush may believe he can authorize spying on Americans without judicial or Congressional approval, but this program is illegal and we intend to put a stop to it," said ACLU...
  • Party Patrol relaxes rule

    01/15/2006 3:23:55 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 15 replies · 557+ views
    The Albuquerque Tribune ^ | 1/14/06 | Maggie Shepard
    Though cold weather means fewer rowdy parties, the Albuquerque Police Department's Party Patrol still makes its rounds - but it is citing fewer minors. The patrol and all other APD officers have stopped enforcing part of a city ordinance passed in 2001 to curb teen drinking, according to a Nov. 17 memo from APD attorney George Heidke to the city attorney's office. The controversial "constructive possession" provision in the Offenses by Minor ordinance allowed officers to cite any minor with possession of alcohol, just for being at a party where alcohol was served - whether they drank or not. The...
  • NYC sued over right to shoot video, pictures in public

    01/13/2006 12:21:45 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 48 replies · 1,462+ views ^ | 1 13 06 | First Amendment Center Online
    NEW YORK ó The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the city yesterday, challenging restrictions on people's right to photograph public places after an award-winning filmmaker from India was blocked from videotaping near the MetLife building. In its lawsuit, the civil rights group highlighted the plight of Rakesh Sharma, who said he was left feeling ashamed and humiliated when he was detained in May 2005 after police saw him use a hand-held video camera on a public street in midtown Manhattan. Sharma was taping background footage for a documentary examining changes in the lives of ordinary people such as taxi...
  • Homeland Security opening private mail

    01/08/2006 4:48:09 PM PST · by blogblogginaway · 29 replies · 1,199+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Jan. 36 2006 | Brock N. Meeks
    WASHINGTON - In the 50 years that Grant Goodman has known and corresponded with a colleague in the Philippines he never had any reason to suspect that their friendship was anything but spectacularly ordinary. But now he believes that the relationship has somehow sparked the interest of the Department of Homeland Security and led the agency to place him under surveillance.
  • Code Pink & Kevin McCarron Caught Pink-Handed Stealing Marine Parents' Sign at Walter Reed

    01/06/2006 9:03:29 PM PST · by kristinn · 266 replies · 11,110+ views
    Friday, January 6, 2006 | Kristinn
    <p>A sign posted tonight at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. by the parents of a U.S. Marine asking antiwar protesters to not protest at the hospital was taken down and stolen by members of Code Pink and Kevin McCarron, of Veterans for Peace.</p>
  • Judge: ACLU not 'reasonable Court whacks civil-liberties group, OKs Ten Commandments display

    12/20/2005 2:01:25 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 101 replies · 2,783+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | December 20, 2005
    A U.S. appeals court today upheld the decision of a lower court in allowing the inclusion of the Ten Commandments in a courthouse display, hammering the American Civil Liberties Union and declaring, "The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state." Attorneys from the American Center for Law and Justice successfully argued the case on behalf of Mercer County, Ky., and a display of historical documents placed in the county courthouse. The panel voted 3-0 to reject the ACLU's contention the display violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. The county display the ACLU sued...
  • Doors close on bus case - Technicality frees Arvada woman who refused to show ID

    12/08/2005 8:55:00 AM PST · by JTN · 226 replies · 2,289+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 8, 2005 | Karen Abbott
    Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against Deborah Davis, the 53-year-old Arvada woman who refused to show her identification to federal police officers on an RTD bus traveling through the Federal Center in Lakewood. Davis' supporters, at first jubilant to learn Wednesday morning that she will not be prosecuted, were dismayed to learn hours later that officers of the Federal Protective Service still will ask passengers on the public bus to show their identification. The policy applies to all passengers, including those, as in Davis' case, who are traveling through the Federal Center and not getting off the bus there. Federal...
  • Rocking the Bus - A Colorado woman takes a stand against arbitrary ID checks.

    11/30/2005 11:34:30 AM PST · by JTN · 470 replies · 4,310+ views
    reason magazine ^ | November 30, 2005 | Jacob Sullum
    The first time she was asked to show identification while riding the bus to work, Deborah Davis was so startled that she complied without thinking. But the more she thought about it, the less sense it made. That's how Davis, a 50-year-old Colorado woman with four grown children and five grandchildren, ended up getting dragged off the bus by federal security officers, who handcuffed her, took her to their station, and cited her for two misdemeanors. Davis, who is scheduled to be arraigned on December 9, is risking 60 days in jail to show her fellow Americans that they don't...
  • Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Sues U.S. to Get a Bible

    11/22/2005 10:23:17 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 56 replies · 1,438+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 23, 2005 | Richard A. Serrano
    WASHINGTON ó At the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, everyone can get a Koran, but no one gets a Bible. Saifullah Paracha, a 58-year-old former Pakistani businessman with alleged ties to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has been in U.S. custody since 2003. Like the other inmates at Guantanamo Bay, he has a copy of the Koran. But he also wants an English translation of the King James version of the Bible. Paracha believes that because the Bible is one of the scriptures accepted in Islam, he is entitled to a copy to read in...
  • Penn. Woman Fears Govt. Will Take Her Baby

    10/11/2005 11:48:33 AM PDT · by WmCraven_Wk · 69 replies · 1,616+ views ^ | Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005 | Wires/AP
    POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- Melissa WolfHawk, due to give birth any day now, lives in fear that her baby will be taken from her - by the government. The county child-welfare agency believes her child won't be safe because her husband is a sex offender who spent more than a decade in prison for rape in a case involving two teenage girls. But WolfHawk says her husband of three years, DaiShin WolfHawk, is no "monster," and she won a federal court order Sept. 30 keeping child-welfare workers from asking about her pregnancy, at least until a hearing next week. The American...
  • The ACLU's latest mischief in its war on American values

    10/10/2005 4:08:51 PM PDT · by inkling · 20 replies · 868+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 6, 2005 | Alan Sears
    According to their own literature, the American Civil Liberties Union's job "is to conserve America's original civic values Ė the Constitution and the Bill of Rights." Preserving our values is a very admirable goal. But in spite of their lofty rhetoric, the ACLU is not such a protector of America's values. To the contrary, no organization, together with its allies, has consistently done more harm to our traditions and values. Just in the past few weeks, the ACLU has again proven their contempt for American values in several arenas. In September, the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme...
  • Ninth-grader punished for asking Army pilot sensitive question

    09/27/2005 4:33:37 AM PDT · by billorites · 135 replies · 4,049+ views
    The State ^ | September 23, 2005 | Associated Press
    FARGO - A ninth-grader here has been banned from his school's assemblies after asking a sensitive question to a U.S. Army pilot. Phil Sannes also had to apologize to speaker Michael Durant after he asked the "Black Hawk Down" helicopter pilot on Thursday whether he had been raped during his capture by hostile forces in Somalia. "He asked a fair, hard-balled question," said Phil's dad, Jon Sannes. "I don't know why he's being punished." "I felt the question posed was inappropriate at that time and that place," said Peggy Stibbe, assistant principal. In 1993, Durant flew a Blackhawk in Mogadishu,...
  • Dad on trial over homosexual book

    09/22/2005 8:41:27 PM PDT · by FeeinTennessee · 63 replies · 1,494+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 9-21-05
    BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS Dad on trial over homosexual book District banned him from property after dispute at meeting -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: September 21, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 David Parker, parent of kindergartner, stands before Judge Robert McKenna in Concord District Court April 28 after spending the night in jail (Photo: Article 8 Alliance) The trial of a Massachusetts man who was arrested after disputing the teaching of homosexuality in his son's kindergarten class has been continued until next month. In April, David Parker, of Lexington, spent a night in jail and was charged with criminal trespassing after refusing...
  • Judge Overturns Rapper Boy's Expulsion

    08/24/2005 5:29:37 PM PDT · by loboinok · 14 replies · 480+ views
    AP ^ | Wed Aug 24, 2:55 PM ET
    PITTSBURGH - A judge on Wednesday ordered a school district to readmit a 14-year-old student expelled for writing violent, profane rap lyrics, finding that his songs didn't amount to "true threats" against the school and so were protected by the First Amendment. ADVERTISEMENT The Riverside Beaver County School District kicked out Anthony Latour because officials believed his lyrics constituted threats to shoot up the school and another student. The American Civil Liberties Union, representing Latour, claimed his songs were "battle rap" ó a music genre in which two people try to out-rhyme each other, often using violent putdowns. U.S. District...
  • Woman files suit over police demand for her identification

    08/26/2005 4:37:24 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 168 replies · 3,282+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 8/26/2005 | Pamela Manson
    Until last year, Tanya Ortega de Chamberlin had a clean record, with no criminal convictions or even an arrest. But her refusal to provide her date of birth or Social Security number to a South Salt Lake police officer changed that. Although she was not suspected of committing a crime, and eventually provided the requested information, Ortega de Chamberlin was still cited based on her initial resistance. The obstruction charges against her were later dropped. But Ortega de Chamberlin says that's not good enough - she has filed a lawsuit asking for a declaration that her constitutional right to be...
  • Semi-News: ACLU Sues Over Searches

    08/13/2005 1:17:28 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies · 180+ views
    Az Conservative ^ | Aug 13, 2005 | John Semmens
    The ACLU filed suit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to stop random searches of New York City subway passengers. Bertram Petty, spokesman for the ACLU defended the suit against a wave of criticism. ďBombing trains is, in our view, a legitimate freedom of expression issue,Ē said Petty. "Police searches of suspect bags, brief cases and the like represent Ďprior restraintí of this constitutionally protected freedom.Ē Petty characterized this suit as consistent with previous successful ACLU suits to block laws against nude dancing and flag burning. ďI guess some will contend that we have gone too far with this line...
  • ACLU claims gay inmates abused in Los Angeles jail

    08/07/2005 1:44:45 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 40 replies · 1,721+ views
    KESQ News ^ | 7 Aug 05 | UNKNOWN
    LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles sheriff's department is investigating claims by the American Civil Liberties Union that gay inmates have been mistreated at a county jail. The A-C-L-U claims about 20 gay inmates were forced to remove their clothes in a busy hallway July 19th at the Men's Central Jail while being called names and taunted with vulgar sexual language by some deputies. The A-C-L-U wants anti-discrimination training for all deputies. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said jail supervisors launched an investigation two weeks ago. He said the department's Equity Oversight Panel, which investigates discrimination allegations against sheriff's employees, is also...
  • Latest Roseland flap: Yard signs Residents get warnings, tickets; claim free speech rights violated

    08/05/2005 10:58:47 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 18 replies · 1,681+ views ^ | July 27, 2005 | DUSTIN GROVE
    ROSELAND -- Battles over zoning and permits appear to be a common problem lately in the small town of Roseland. But residents now have a complaint that's not just about small town ordinances. It's about the nation's Constitution and its First Amendment, freedom of speech. This week, some residents have pitched signs in their yards, urging the two married members of the three-person Town Council, David and Dorothy Snyder, to resign. In return, residents have received warnings or tickets from the town, telling them they are breaking the law. "We don't have freedom of speech. We can't say what we...
  • Bus firm takes car sharers to court

    07/12/2005 11:43:06 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 1,648+ views
    thegaurdian ^ | July 11, 2005 | Kim Willsher
    They might have been congratulated for their "green" efforts in an area of heavy air pollution. Instead a group of French cleaning ladies who organised a car-sharing scheme to get to work are being taken to court by a coach company which accuses them of "an act of unfair and parasitical competition". The women, who live in Moselle and work five days a week at EU offices in Luxembourg, are being taken to court by Transports Schiocchet Excursions, which runs a service along the route. It wants the women to be fined and their cars confiscated. Two years ago a...
  • Durbin goes after MoveAmericaForward

    07/11/2005 12:21:01 AM PDT · by neverhome · 21 replies · 1,374+ views
    MAF NewsLetter ^ | 10/10/05 | Howard & Melanie
    *ALERT* The U.S. Senator who smeared U.S. Troops with claims that they were barbaric torturers akin to "Nazis, Soviets with their Gulags, or some mad regime like Pol Pot or others" is now trying to silence Move America Forward [website: ], a pro-military not-for-profit organization. In keeping with his outrageous conduct, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin's office intimated to an Illinois newspaper that the IRS should shut down Move America Forward, telling the newspaper: "Have you ever seen that H&R Block commercial where the guy leans in and says, 'I see an audit'?" One of the grounds used to threaten...
  • Judge Orders New York Times Reporter Jailed

    07/06/2005 2:33:03 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 73 replies · 2,196+ views ^ | 7 6 05 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (July 6) - A federal judge on Wednesday jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to divulge her source to a grand jury investigating who in the Bush administration leaked an undercover CIA operative's name. ''There is still a realistic possibility that confinement might cause her to testify,'' U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan said of the showdown in a case that has seen both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney interviewed by investigators. Miller stood up, hugged her lawyer and was escorted from the courtroom. Earlier, Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, in an about-face, told Hogan...
  • Protect Libraries From FBI Snoops! (WI Op/Ed)

    06/21/2005 7:58:19 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 141 replies · 1,154+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | June 20, 2005 | Uncredited
    The U.S. House of Representatives dealt a blow to Big Brother last week. The House voted 238-187 to protect our library records and bookstore receipts from willy-nilly government perusal. The bipartisan vote sent a clear message to the U.S. Senate and to President Bush that the privacy rights of law-abiding American citizens must be respected even as the hard work of fighting and preventing terrorism continues. Congress and the president are preparing to extend the Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law quickly approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The president has threatened to veto the measure if Congress makes changes....
  • AP: Feds collect data on air travelers

    06/20/2005 3:11:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 764+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/20/05 | Leslie Miller - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal agency collected extensive personal information about airline passengers although Congress told it not to and it said it wouldn't, according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. A Transportation Security Administration contractor used three data brokers to collect detailed information about U.S. citizens who flew on commercial airlines in June 2004 in order to test a terrorist screening program called Secure Flight, according to documents that will be published in the Federal Register this week. The TSA had ordered the airlines to turn over data on those passengers, called passenger name records, in November....
  • Judge Strikes Down Ban on Single Beer Sales

    06/18/2005 10:13:54 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 23 replies · 627+ views
    ABC 7 ^ | 6/19/05 | ABC 7
    Washington (AP) - Buying a single can or bottle of beer will still be legal in the near future in some parts of Northwest Washington. A federal judge has struck down the District's ban on such sales in Ward 4, ruling that the D.C. Council hastily passed it last fall without the required public notice. It was supposed to begin last November, but never took effect because the judge blocked its enforcement until the larger legal questions could be decided. This week, she struck down the law. The measure was known as the Fenty Amendment after sponsor Adrian Fenty introduced...
  • Girl, 15, sues school nurse over prenancy test

    06/18/2005 8:23:43 AM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 171 replies · 3,892+ views
    KXAS TV ^ | June 17, 2005
    Girl, 15, Sues School Nurse Over Pregnancy Test Lawsuit Claims San Marcos Student's Privacy, Rights Violated AUSTIN, Texas -- A 15-year-old San Marcos girl and her father have filed a federal lawsuit against her school nurse, who allegedly forced the girl to take a pregnancy test. The lawsuit claims that nurse Dyanna Eastwood called the girl to her office and told her that a student at another school claimed he impregnated her. Eastwood insisted the girl take the test, according to the lawsuit. The girl said she did not have sex with the boy and denied that she was pregnant....
  • Ketchup Spill Sets Off Lawyer-Secretary Feud

    06/17/2005 3:50:08 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 37 replies · 2,489+ views ^ | 6 17 05 | aolnews
    LONDON (June 17) - An e-mail between a highly paid lawyer and a secretary over a tomato ketchup stain has become the talk of legal circles in London, leaving the sender distinctly red-faced. British media reported with glee the tale of Richard Phillips, who e-mailed the secretary to ask her to pay a four-pound ($7.30) dry-cleaning bill after she accidentally spilled tomato ketchup on his trousers. The secretary, who had just returned to work after her mother died, was so irate she forwarded the e-mail to several colleagues at the firm of Baker & McKenzie, who in turn passed it...
  • Jury finds heavy smoking to be grounds for eviction

    06/16/2005 5:33:52 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 268 replies · 3,092+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | By Ralph Ranalli and Jonathan Saltzman | June 16, 2005
    In a case that tobacco law specialists say is one of the first of its kind in the nation, a Boston Housing Court jury ruled that a South Boston couple could be evicted from their rented water-view loft for heavy smoking, even though smoking was allowed in their lease. The landlord who rented the Sleeper Street unit to Erin Carey and Ted Baar ordered them out within a week last November, after neighbors complained of the smoke odors filtering into their apartments.
  • Judge approves child custody settlement between transsexual and ex-wife

    06/15/2005 7:22:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies · 529+ views
    Court TV ^ | 6/15/5 | Emanuella Grinberg
    A historic child custody battle between a transsexual father and his ex-wife ended last Friday in a shared custody agreement that both sides have hailed as nothing short of "miraculous." A Florida judge approved the settlement Friday between Michael Kantaras, who was born Margo Kantaras, and his ex-wife, Linda Forsythe, ending a seven-year dispute that went all the way to the Florida Supreme Court and back before the intervention of "The Dr. Phil Show" raised the prospect of compromise. After two and a half days of guided mediation, the couple agreed on custody terms for Matthew, 16, Linda's child from...