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Saudi Court ‘convicts rights activist Bajadi in secret’

(Source:  BBC News)
Mohammed al-Bajadi
Judges prohibited Mohammed al-Bajadi’s lawyers from attending his trial, activists said.

A state security tribunal in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a prominent human rights campaigner to four years in prison, Amnesty International has said. (more…)

DREAMERS sentenced Five Days in Jail for Civil Disobedience Against Alabama’s HB 56

(Source: Cuentame)

Ten undocumented immigrants who were arrested last November for taking part in a civil disobedience action in Alabama to protest the state’s anti-immigrant state law, HB 56, were sentenced yesterday. They pleaded guilty to third-degree disorderly conduct charges, and received suspended five-day jail sentences were fined $50 each and $217 in court costs.


DA plans no charges on abortion records shredding

(Source: The Witchita Eagle)

TOPEKA — An outside investigation has determined that the Kansas Attorney General’s Office didn’t shred documents from a Planned Parenthood clinic when it destroyed abortion records in April 2009, raising questions about a county prosecutor’s statements that had prompted the dismissal of some criminal charges against the clinic.

None of the destroyed documents was “connected in any way” with Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions at its clinic in Overland Park, Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said Friday. The attorney general’s office asked the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the shredding and turn its findings over to Taylor.

The request came after Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe told a judge last fall that the attorney general’s office destroyed documents it had from Planned Parenthood, hindering the prosecution of its clinic. In November, the judge dismissed 49 of 107 charges against the clinic, including the most serious ones that accused it of falsifying reports to the state on abortions it performed in 2003.


Disability group asks judges to reconsider special-needs lawsuit decision

(Source: Journal Sentinel Online)

A disability advocacy group that lost its special-education lawsuit against Milwaukee Public Schools three weeks ago when a federal appeals court panel ruled in favor of the district is now asking for all the judges at the court to review the decision.

Disability Rights Wisconsin filed a petition Friday that asked all the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judges in Chicago to re-hear the decision made by a three-judge panel on Feb. 3. The group says that the decision conflicts with how the Seventh Circuit has interpreted and decided other similar cases.

Specifically, the decision of the three-judge panel decertified the class in the 11-year-old class-action lawsuit and also vacated the liability and remedial orders that the school district was obligated to follow.


Teen Atheist Wins Big: School District Won’t Appeal Ruling to Take Down Prayer Banner

(Source: The Blaze)

On Thursday [Feb. 16] night, a massive crowd gathered at Cranston High School West in Cranston, Rhode Island, to discuss the future of a controversial prayer mural that has captured headlines for months. While many came to protest a court ruling that found the banner to be unconstitutional, others praised the teen atheist who fought its presence. Last night’s meeting, which CBS News likened, at least at its start, to “a rabid shout fest,” ended with the Cranston School Committee voting 5-2 not an appeal the judge’s mandate that the mural be taken down.

As the Blaze has extensively reported, the case was brought against the school district by 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist, an atheist who claimed she found the sign offensive. In January, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lagueux agreed with the young woman, which has sparked outrage, protests and frustration in the local community.


Suit: Man beaten by cop victim of racial discrimination

(Source: Chicago Tribune)

A 29-year-old steel worker was beaten by a Chicago police sergeant last summer when he filmed officers responding to a call in the Loop, according to a federal lawsuit filed today against the city and several officers Monday.

The lawsuit also alleged that Tyrone Gillett, who is African-American, was a victim of racial discrimination during the Aug. 3 incident.


Vanderbilt University to spell out bias policy

(Source: The Tennessean)

Vanderbilt University administrators are writing down a nondiscrimination policy they claim has been in place for decades, the newest chapter in a monthslong debate that has pitted them against some student religious organizations.

Leaders of the Christian Legal Society, the Graduate Christian Fellowship, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Upsilon Chi say they accept any student as a member, but they want a religious exemption so they can require their leaders to hold specific beliefs. Vanderbilt’s policy dictates that anyone who wants to join in any capacity should be welcome.

The religious groups are frustrated, they say, because the university has not produced a written version of the policy and has alternately called it a “nondiscrimination” and an “all-comers” policy, which they believe are two different things.


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