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- Minnesota Civil Rights Law
This article is an overview of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The reader will learn about protected areas covered by this law and what actions are deemed unlawful. When the concept of civil rights is brought up, most people tend to think of broad, historical events like the civil rights movement, women's suffrage, and the Rodney King riots.
- When Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Goes Wrong in Maryland
At sentencing, the judge indicated that he believed the defendant, yet because of mandatory minimum sentencing, he was obligated to sentence him to serve time behind bars anyway. A 45-year-old tow truck operator, searching for adult pornography on the Internet, claimed to have accidentally stumbled on a site linked to child pornography. The man then made a big mistake: he unintentionally downloaded 25 images of child pornography onto his home computer.
- Supreme Court May Modify Punishment for Youngest Offenders
The U.S. Supreme Court, which will soon rule on whether sentencing young offenders to life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Baltimore residents may recall the headlines when, in 1999, a 14-year-old youth participated in a video store robbery in which one of the other robbers shot and killed the store clerk.
- Maryland Lawyers Battle over Same Sex Divorce - Maryland Appeals Court Okays Same Sex Divorce
Maryland - May 18, 2012 - A new story recently emerged in the heated debate over gay marriage. Last week, Maryland's highest court held that courts in that state must apply divorce laws equally, and grant a divorce, for gay marriages that were legally formed in another state.
- On Gays Slurs and Professional Basketball
In an intense, heated basketball game, it is expected from players of both teams to express their emotions. It is considered normal for a player to express frustration on a refereeís call which he believes is contestable. In some instances, a player from the opposing team may instead keep mum whenever a heckling fan of the home team annoys him.
- What are the Fifth Amendment Rights?
Established to prevent a suspect from self-incrimination during the arrest and throughout the criminal process, the violation of a personís Fifth Amendment rights can have a catastrophic outcome on the case. If you believe that your rights have been violated, or you want to learn more about your rights given by the U.S. Constitution, donít wait any longer to talk to a legal professional.
- Elder Abuse and Psychotherapeutic Medications: When Has the Law Been Broken?
A 68-year-old California woman is claiming to have suffered the injurious consequences of abuse while in a nursing home and has filed a lawsuit against the Orange County care provider. The woman, a retired preschool teacher, claims she was drugged in an attempt to restrain her so the nursing home could begin collecting her social security check. An attorney explains the laws the nursing home may have violated.
- Determining Excessive Force When Police Actions Cause Personal Injury
Police in Orange County and throughout California have a long history of respected service but also of problems involving misconduct, including excessive force causing injury or death. Understanding the rights and limitations on police officers is important. An attorney examines cases that recently occurred in the state to determine whether misconduct occurred and discuss the laws.
- Are There Limits to Religious Freedom Concerning Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation?
In Los Angeles, a lesbian couple has filed a lawsuit against the proprietor of a bed and breakfast in Hawaii, alleging they personally suffered injurious consequences as a result of the discrimination to which they were subjected due to their sexual orientation. The owner of the establishment claims her actions were protected under her First Amendment right to religious freedom. A lawyer examines whether there are limits to religious freedom concerning discrimination based on sexual orientation.
- Are Los Angeles Bus Riders Victims of Discrimination?
The Los Angeles, California Metropolitan Authority (MTA) obtains funding from the federal government to provide its services. As such, it is required to comply with antidiscrimination provisions found in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A recent federal audit of the MTA suggests that it is not in compliance with the law, the impact of which has been felt on a personal level among local riders and civil rights groups, explains an attorney in California.