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Newsbreak: Separation of Church, State and Money [Video]

  In today’s Newsbreak, Lawyers.com Editorial Director Betsy Kim looks at recent legal cases involving religion and the law. Hobby Lobby, with its 550 stores will not have to pay daily fines for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act. The arts and craft chain had been fined for refusing to provide birth control coverage to its 13,000 employees. The family, who owns the Oklahoma-based company, claims providing contraception which includes the morning after pill violates their Christian beliefs. …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Blacks Singled Out for Marijuana Arrests, Study Says

Black and white Americans use marijuana at roughly equal rates, but black users are nearly four times more likely to be arrested, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU study used FBI crime reporting statistics and census data to track marijuana possession arrest rates by race from 2001 to 2010. The results show that blacks were busted for possession more often than whites virtually everywhere in America. It’s not an urban or regional phenomenon — …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Immigration Video by Matt H. Mayes  
Mentally Disabled Immigrants Win Legal Representation [VIDEO]

  Jose Antonia Franco-Gonzalez spent nearly five years in detention, separated from his mother after his deportation case was closed. Severe mental impairment prevented him from defending himself. Lawyers.com videojournalist Matt H. Mayes introduces you to Franco-Gonalez, who cannot even speak a complete sentence. But in this landmark court case, a Los Angeles federal judge ruled the U.S. government must provide legal representation for mentally disabled immigrants who cannot afford lawyers and are facing deportation. Franco-Gonzalez’s lawyer, Ahilan Arulanantham, deputy …

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NM Employers Can’t Ask for Applicants’ Facebook Passwords

Joining a handful of other states that limit employer access to social media accounts, New Mexico on Apr. 5 passed a law forbidding employers from demanding passwords from prospective employees.   Job Applicants Only Under the new law, employers are forbidden from requesting or requiring job applicants to provide access to their social media accounts. “Joining Maryland, Illinois, California, Michigan and Utah, New Mexico is now the sixth state to prohibit employers from mandating access to a job applicant’s password-protected …

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Posted 1 year ago in Immigration by Michele Bowman  
Indiana Anti-Immigration Law Unconstitutional, Court Says

A federal court on Mar. 28 struck down an Indiana law, inspired by Arizona’s infamous SB 1070, that reportedly allowed police to arrest immigrants without warrants. With that lawsuit, immigrant advocate groups have basically shut down state efforts to pass laws that give police unfettered power to bust suspected illegal immigrants.   Indiana Can’t Create an Immigration Crime The Indiana law, SB 590, was passed in 2011. Two of its provisions were especially disturbing to immigrant advocate groups including the …

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