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  Wis. newspaper files open-records lawsuit against governor
  The Capital Times alleges that Jim Doyle's office took too long to comply with request for information about finalists for judicial openings.     08.04.09
  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
  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
  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
  Parents can pursue claim that school overreacted to alleged threat
  By David L. Hudson Jr. 2nd Circuit says trial court was too quick to dismiss lawsuit filed after 10-year-old boy was suspended for remark written in crayon.     07.29.09
  Prisoners compose challenge to states' bans on pen-pal ads
  Florida, other states bar inmates from advertising for and even receiving mail from pen pals; lawsuits assert prisons are violating free speech.     07.29.09
  Federal judge asked to preserve juvenile files in Pa. scandal
  Attorneys say state high court's plan to delete more than 6,000 records will prevent youths from pursuing federal civil rights claims against corrupt judge and keep secret the extent of his misconduct.     07.29.09
  Federal jury: Tupelo, Miss., owes ex-police captain $300K
  City attorneys had argued that Cliff Hardy's comments were reckless and false, eliminating any free-speech protection.     07.28.09
  W.Va. man fails to persuade 4th Circuit that films aren't obscene
  By David L. Hudson Jr. Panel agrees prosecutors presented enough evidence to support jury's decision that the movies 'appealed to prurient sexual interests.'     07.28.09
  Detroit schools to pay protest-leading teachers $300K
  Last November, federal judge ordered district to reinstate math teachers Stephen Conn and Heather Miller.     07.27.09
  Court bars Hawaii officials from doing business
  State judge issues temporary restraining order after finding that county council violated state's open-government law by privately discussing reorganization plan.     07.27.09
  N.C. told to rehire DMV whistleblower
  Wake County Superior Court judge sides with state worker who was fired after complaining that agency might be giving drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants.     07.27.09
  Video-game group tries to zap Chicago transit-agency rule
  Lawsuit contends policy barring ads on trains and buses for 'mature' and 'adults only' games violates industry's free-speech rights.     07.25.09
  Open-government group tries to expose intelligence misdeeds
  Electronic Frontier Foundation files suit to force U.S. spy agencies to disclose activities that may have violated laws.     07.24.09
  White supremacist's Web posts weren't threats
  Federal judge dismisses criminal charge, saying William White's postings stopped short of specifically urging anyone to harm jury foreman in Matthew Hale trial.     07.23.09
  White House logs show early visits by medical-industry execs
  Obama administration releases list of visits by health-care leaders after government-watchdog group announces it had sued to get documents.     07.23.09
  Jackson Browne settles lawsuit over GOP's use of song
  Deal includes apology from John McCain and Republican Party, pledge not to use any musicians' work without proper permission in future campaigns.     07.23.09
  Pa. Supreme Court upholds state prisons' porn ban
  Justices find sex offender's 'self-serving' arguments failed to refute corrections department's reasons for keeping sexually explicit materials away from inmates.     07.22.09
  Wash. school district accused of closing meetings
  Nonprofit group, which is suing Arlington district in state court, says it has evidence officials violated sunshine law 144 times, but school board denies allegations.     07.22.09
  Report: Federal agency withheld distracted-driver research
  Dr. Jeffrey Runge told The New York Times he was urged to withhold 2003 findings to avoid antagonizing members of Congress who had warned agency against lobbying states.     07.21.09
  Denver judge nixes Colo. ban on political contributions
  Court sides with unions and nonprofits, calling voter-approved state constitutional amendment 'far-reaching' and 'overbroad.'     07.21.09
  N.C. governor signs health-records bill
  New law describes information that must be released when patient dies at state mental hospital or facility for substance abusers or the developmentally disabled.     07.21.09
  Court recordings are public records, Fla. justices find
  State high court unanimously rejects panel's recommendation that audio, video of trial proceedings be protected unless judge approves release.     07.20.09
  Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against Hillary Clinton
  Case, which involves White House's handling of FBI background records, extends back to secretary of state's time as first lady.     07.19.09
  Senate votes to expand federal hate-crimes law
  Opponents, including conservative religious groups, argue that measure infringes on states' rights and could discourage free speech.     07.17.09
  Wis. justices keep transcript of closed arbitration hearing secret
  State high court rules parent who sought record of proceedings, which involved firing of Milwaukee teacher, did not meet required 20-day deadline for filing appeal.     07.16.09

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