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Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Discrimination OK Against Disabled Prisoner Hired as Labor

A private company that got cheap labor by contracting with the state to hire prisoners cannot be sued for discrimination against a disabled worker, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court. The prisoner is not an “employee” of the private company, therefore he does not have the protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the court said. The ruling gives an incentive to companies to hire prison labor at below minimum wage without being bound by laws that …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Josh Crank  
Street Medians Become Free Speech Battleground

The ACLU of Maine is suing the state’s largest city for making it a crime to stand in street medians, arguing that the ban infringes on the right to free speech. In July, the city council in Portland, Maine voted unanimously to prohibit people from hanging out in medians after Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck testified that panhandlers were creating a safety hazard. Sauschuck told the Maine Sun Journal that “there’s been an absolute explosion” of pedestrians standing in medians …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Secret Court Defends NSA Data Collection

In an opinion made public on Sept. 17, a judge for the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled that a program under which the federal government collects phone data in a massive database is legal.   Some Opinions Released The FISC is a specially created federal court that oversees the National Security Agency’s foreign intelligence program, including its requests for warrants and other surveillance efforts within the United States. Its judges include federal district judges from around the country, as …

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Posted 1 year ago in Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
School Ban on ‘Boobies’ Bracelets Unconstitutional

A divided 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 5 ruled in favor of two middle school students who wore “I [HEART] Boobies” bracelets to school in support of breast cancer awareness. The court said the school district violated their free speech rights by banning the bracelets and suspending the girls.   Students Stand Up for Rights Kayla Martinez and Brianna Hawk, seventh and eighth graders, respectively, at Easton Area Middle School in 2010, bought the rubber bracelets from the …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
License Plate Readers Worry Privacy Advocates

Law enforcement as well as private security companies are using cameras to photograph license plates and are building a vast database of information about Americans – to the dismay of privacy advocates. Some states are even limiting their use, but the full extent of the how the readers will be used is not yet clear.   Smile: You’re on Candid Car Camera!  The American Civil Liberties Union wants to nip the potential for privacy abuses in the bud. The organization …

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