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Writers sue NYC over press-pass policy
'Why does the police department get to determine who is a journalist?' asks attorney for three men.     11.14.08
Legal grind ends for woman accused of dirty dance
Rebecca Willis will receive $275,000 from North Carolina town that barred her from community hangout.     11.14.08
High court to hear appeal over anti-Clinton movie
Justices' decision to consider lower court ruling in case involving 'Hillary: The Movie' reverses their earlier rejection of case.     11.14.08
Mormon aid for Calif. gay-marriage ban generates complaint
Gay-rights activist accuses church of failing to report full value of work it did to support Proposition 8.     11.14.08
GOP takes aim at federal campaign-finance laws
Party sues FEC in bid to overturn soft-money ban and restrictions on ability of parties, candidates to work hand-in-hand on political campaigns.     11.14.08
Newspapers seek government records in anthrax inquiry
'The public has a right to know why [Stephen Hatfill] was targeted,' says attorney for New York Times and Los Angeles Times.     11.13.08
NYPD quietly drops policy on videotaping political activity
NYCLU, which has challenge to police surveillance rules pending in federal court, says department changed regulation last year but group wasn't notified until last month.     11.13.08
Mich. minister jailed for warning that judge faced God's wrath
ACLU, which is handling Rev. Edward Pinkney's appeal, says case may be 'first time in modern history that a preacher has been imprisoned for predicting what God might do.'     11.13.08
Jonesboro deposition remains sealed for now
Judge rules videotape of Andrew Golden, one of two boys who killed five people at middle school in 1998, won't be released until after civil lawsuit.     11.12.08
2 Calif. high school newspapers shuttered
ACLU sues after Tomahawk is scrapped; students decry cancellation of Scots Express after one issue.     11.12.08
Lawsuit revives controversy over nude musical revue
Gay arts group claims Milwaukee ordinance is unconstitutional because it gives officials 'unbridled discretion' over permit process.     11.12.08
High court won't hear challenge to sealed case
Legal newspaper publisher — backed by press advocate, 29 media groups — had sought access to case involving woman who claimed employer fired her because she had abortion.     11.11.08
Federal judge won't toss White House e-mail suit
Court allows two watchdog groups to pursue their case as they press government to recover millions of possibly missing electronic messages.     11.11.08
Judge OKs private meetings between Philly mayor, City Council
Two newspapers had sued to open closed-door budget briefings, which their reporters had been barred from attending.     11.11.08

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