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  5th Circuit: City violated Santeria priest's religious rights
  Euless, Texas, officials had claimed that sacrifices performed by Jose Merced jeopardized public health and violated its slaughterhouse and animal-cruelty ordinances.     08.03.09
  Wis. man convicted in prayer-death case
  Jury finds Dale Neumann guilty of reckless homicide — same charge his wife was convicted on earlier — in daughter's 2008 death from undiagnosed diabetes.     08.03.09
  Fla. judge lifts gag order in middle school sexual-assault case
  Emmett Battles had ordered story removed from Web site after prosecutors and defense attorneys argued that details shouldn't have been in court file and shouldn't be public.     08.03.09
  CIA leak judge says reporters need limited shield law
  Reggie Walton, who also presided over Toni Locy leak case, tells American Bar Association panel that courts shouldn't be able to 'just willy nilly extract information from reporters.'     08.03.09
  Federal judge halts release of Wash. referendum signatures
  Gay-rights supporters had planned to publish online the names of everyone who signed petitions seeking to force public vote on new domestic-partnership law.     08.02.09
  Ala. alcohol board bans wine with nude label
  Board attorney says stylized, art-nouveau rendition of naked female with flying bicycle violates state rules against displaying 'person posed in an immoral or sensuous manner.'     08.01.09
  La. attorneys ask judge to halt limits on lawyer ads
  New rules, scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1, include restrictions on use of mottos, celebrity endorsements, re-enactments and client testimonials.     07.31.09
  2 charged in slaying of Calif. editor plead not guilty
  Meanwhile, judge orders release of hundreds of pages of previously sealed grand jury testimony and lifts gag order.     07.31.09
  Full 10th Circuit won't rehear Okla. Ten Commandments ruling
  Dissenting judges said June panel decision 'misconstrues — and in so doing multiplies the errors inherent in — the Supreme Court’s already-questionable "tests."'     07.31.09
  Senate panel OKs expanded whistleblower protections
  White House calls vote by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee 'a bipartisan breakthrough for whistleblower rights.'     07.30.09
  Full 5th Circuit to review ruling in Texas open-meetings case
  Several attorneys general had asked court to reconsider panel's decision, saying it could cripple similar laws in their states.     07.30.09
  IRS halts inquiry into Minn. church
  Pastor, who was under investigation for preaching politics from pulpit, says he's disappointed because he'd rather fight it out in court.     07.30.09
  Conn. diocese to ask U.S. high court to block records release
  Meanwhile, Catholic officials have asked state Supreme Court to continue stay on releasing sex-abuse documents.     07.29.09

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