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  Ga. high court upholds state's anti-gang law
  Justices unanimously reject claim that statute is unconstitutionally vague and tramples on freedom of association.     01.13.09
 
  Divided 9th Circuit panel strikes down Seattle parade-permit law
  Two judges agree ordinance gives police too much authority in granting permits; third judge disagrees.     12.15.08
 
  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
 
  Judge rules against 2 ejected from '05 Bush event
  Plaintiffs were essentially arguing that they were not allowed to participate in president's speech, federal judge finds.     11.07.08
 
  8th Circuit: Mo. funeral-protest law should be blocked
  Panel again says Shirley Phelps-Roper is entitled to injunction while lower court considers constitutionality of 2006 statute.     11.03.08
 
  Md. officials give spied-upon activists greater access to police files
  Under pressure from ACLU, state officials decide to allow 53 individuals wrongly entered into police database to bring attorney with them to view records or have copy sent to them.     10.28.08
 
  Md. police overreached in spying on activists, review finds
  Report concludes officers violated federal regulations, intruded on law-abiding residents' free-expression rights by infiltrating anti-war and death-penalty opposition groups.     10.02.08
 
  Tenn. State Univ. honors expelled Freedom Riders
  College presents 14 activists with honorary degrees 47 years after dismissing them for participating in historic rides.     09.20.08
 
  Some question police after 800 arrests at GOP convention
  AP requests accounting of treatment of two of its photographers; Reporters Committee asks officials to drop criminal citations issued to up to 20 detained journalists.     09.08.08
 
  Police arrest nearly 400 as GOP wraps up convention
  At least 19 reporters assigned to cover protests were detained, including two AP journalists who were issued citations for unlawful assembly and then released.     09.05.08
 
  Minn. police release jailed Ky. journalism students
  Britney McIntosh and Edward Matthews were photographing violent protests in St. Paul when they were arrested, held in jail for two nights.     09.04.08
 
  Ky. journalism students arrested while covering anti-war protest
  Edward C. Matthews and Britney D. McIntosh were still being held today though their newspaper adviser was released; 10 more arrests reported yesterday.     09.03.08
 
  AP photographer, TV-radio host arrested during anti-war protest
  286 people were arrested yesterday in St. Paul, including two producers with syndicated Democracy Now! show; all journalists were released by this morning.     09.02.08
 
  Denver police arrest 10 on last day of Democratic convention
  Arrests since last weekend total 152; ABC News official says he hopes charges will be dropped against producer.     08.29.08
 
  Public access to GOP convention is adequate, Minn. court rules
  Judge says although protest area isn't ideal, it's 'constitutionally adequate,' comparing favorably with public space set up for other national political conventions.     08.28.08
 
  Denver police, protesters clash as Democrats convene
  Authorities arrest about 100 people after officers in riot gear use pepper spray to quell crowd about a mile from convention site.     08.26.08
 
  Denver protesters don't wait for convention kick-off
  City, police officials defend efforts to make Democratic convention host city as accessible as possible to protest, interest groups.     08.25.08
 
  6th Circuit upholds Ohio law banning funeral protests
  Picketing within 300 feet of a funeral remains off-limits in defeat for anti-homosexual Westboro church.     08.22.08
 
  NYC to pay $2 million to anti-war protesters
  City agrees to settle lawsuit brought by 52 activists who say they were unjustly arrested in 2003 while demonstrating against Iraq war.     08.21.08
 
  Protesters challenge restrictions at GOP convention
  Two lawsuits filed in Minnesota state court claim that St. Paul city, police officials are restricting free-speech rights by confining demonstrators to designated area.     08.13.08
 
  N.J. residents demand freedom of beach
  Tactics used by various shore towns, property owners prevent public from enjoying sand and surf.     08.11.08
 
  Court won't order changes to DNC security plan
  Federal judge concludes parade routes, demonstration zone established by Denver officials don't infringe on protesters' free-speech rights.     08.07.08
 
  GOP convention attracting array of demonstrators
  Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to use streets outside Xcel Center as national podium, transforming downtown St. Paul, Minn., into a literal marketplace of ideas.     08.05.08
 
  Group will protest DNC's 'freedom cage,' organizer tells court
  Recreate 68 co-founder's comments come during trial over whether Denver's designated parade routes, demonstration zone accommodate activists' free-speech rights.     07.30.08
 
  10th Circuit rejects police appeal in suit over anti-war protest
  Three-judge panel upholds lower court ruling that Albuquerque officers aren't entitled to qualified immunity on claims they retaliated against demonstrators.     07.29.08
 
  Denver police talk to protesters ahead of Democratic convention
  'Instead of a bullhorn (on the streets) you're having a conversation across the table,' says department spokesman.     07.27.08
 
  Md. peace groups infiltrated, released documents show
  ACLU says police also included peace activist's name in federal database tracking terrorists, drug dealers.     07.18.08
 
  Ruling: Protesters can't get closer to GOP convention site
  Federal judge says St. Paul, Minn., officials have security reasons to justify restrictions on permit for group that plans to march on first day of gathering.     07.17.08
 
  3rd Circuit upholds dismissal of anti-gay activists' lawsuit
  Three-judge panel says that while protesters had First Amendment right to demonstrate at 2004 gay street festival in Philadelphia, they didn't have right to drown out speakers.     07.16.08
 
  Feds should consider banning Rainbow Family, official says
  Forest Service law enforcement director cites confrontation, arrests at last week's, previous annual gatherings.     07.10.08
 
 

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