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CDC Sued for Violation of Privacy

CDC Sued for Violation of Privacy May 1, 2009. By Gordon Gibb.
Atlanta, GA This isn't about swine flu, but there are parallels nonetheless. In a modern, democratic society—of which the US is justly proud—the provision for basic civil human rights is a hallmark of life in a respectful and advanced population. When that hallmark is sullied through a breach in civil and human rights, civil rights law is there to protect against the unjust treatment of an individual.
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Psychiatric Drugging of Children Intolerable--Part 1

Psychiatric Drugging of Children Intolerable--Part 1 February 19, 2009. By Evelyn Pringle.
Washington, DC: Last September, the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights filed what is sure to become a landmark case against the State of Alaska aimed at stopping the over-prescribing of psychiatric drugs to children covered by public health care programs in that state.
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Determining the Mental Capacity of a Decedent

Determining the Mental Capacity of a Decedent January 7, 2009.
Forensic psychologists and neuropsychologists regularly give expert opinions about a person's mental capacity in the criminal, family law and civil courts. The evaluative process involves clinical interviews, psychological/neuropsychological testing, review of the records and interviews with individuals who have personal knowledge of the defendant's behavior and cognition.
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Home is Where the Institution is, in Illinois

Home is Where the Institution is, in Illinois December 11, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Chicago, IL A groundbreaking case in Illinois has paved the way for citizens with developmental disabilities to claim their civil human rights in the achievement of choice with regard to where they live. Civil rights law is the guarantee that every American will be treated fairly and without discrimination. But this landmark civil and human rights case in Illinois actually rights a wrong that has been long since fixed in several other States.
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Civil Rights case of He Said, She Said…in One Body?

Civil Rights case of He Said, She Said…in One Body? October 11, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Atlanta, GA Civil rights law exists to protect every American, regardless of race, creed or religion. Or gender, for that matter. In what is considered a landmark civil and human rights case in the State of Georgia, a transgender politician won her case against two disgruntled opponents who claimed Michelle Bruce's transgender status muddied the political waters and misled voters. Bruce counters that it is a victory for civil human rights.
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No One Has the Right to Take Your Civil Rights

 No One Has the Right to Take Your Civil Rights August 2, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Ecorse, MI The Land of the Free' that Americans hold so dear is thanks, first and foremost, to the veterans who fought and died in the conflicts that ultimately led up to the freedom Americans hold so dear. Freedom is also thanks to the basket of civil rights, and human rights that have evolved over time.
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Brian Chase: Gay Rights Lawyer

Brian Chase: Gay Rights Lawyer July 16, 2008. By Brenda Craig.
Hollywood, CA 42-year-old Brian Chase says there is no other work he'd rather do than what he is doing right now. "There are so few people that get to do this kind of work, I am lucky to be able to do it," says Chase.
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Lawsuit Alleges Tattoo Parlor Rules Violate Civil Rights

May 14, 2008. By Ginger Gillenwater.
Watsonville, CA A lawsuit has been filed in San Jose federal court that alleges that Watsonville's rules that govern tattoo shops violate civil rights. The lawsuit is stating that equal protection rights and free speech are violated, which would be in violation of the Constitution's 14 Amendment.
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NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Policy Challenged by Civil Rights Group

NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Policy Challenged by Civil Rights Group May 9, 2008. By Ginger Gillenwater.
New York, NY A civil rights group filed a lawsuit on May 7, 2008, challenging the stop-and-frisk policy that is employed by the NYPD. The stop-and-frisk policy has been used throughout the years to stop people for questioning. It is believed that hundreds of thousands per year are stopped through this practice when the police believe there is a need to transport that person to the precinct office.
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Attorney Timothy B. Garrigan: "I thought civil rights lawyers would be treated like rock stars."

Attorney Timothy B. Garrigan: "I thought civil rights lawyers would be treated like rock stars." April 17, 2008. By Paul Halpern.
Tim Garrigan tells LawyersandSettlements, "I think I watched too much TV when I was young and impressionable, and I thought civil rights lawyers would be treated like rock stars. Well, it didn't quite work out that way, but I still can't think of anything else I would ever want to do, and I'm very lucky to be able to do it."
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