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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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  Senate panel OKs high court nominee
  Judiciary Committee votes 13-6 to send Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to full Senate, where she is expected to be confirmed easily next week.     07.28.09
  Ex-coach says Mich. school district fired him over religion
  Gerald Marszalek claims in lawsuit that his contract wasn't renewed in 2008 because of his Christian beliefs and his association with proselytizing former assistant coach.     07.28.09
  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
  Georgia courts to allow religious head coverings
  Judicial Council says change was prompted by last year's arrest of Muslim woman who refused to remove hijab.     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
  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
  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
  Groups sue to overturn Pa. voter-soliciting law
  Legal director for ACLU, which filed suit on behalf of ACORN, says statute used to prosecute voter-registration workers imposes 'major burden on constitutionally protected political activity.'     07.26.09
  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
  House panel blocks effort to bar revival of Fairness Doctrine
  By Brian Schraum Proposal would have prevented the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating controversial rule abandoned in 1987.     07.24.09
  Senator plans bill to regulate children’s media content
  By Rachel Seeman Collins Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., says at hearing he wants to create 'protective landscape' for kids, free from violence and sex.     07.24.09
  Ore. faith-healing parents acquitted of manslaughter
  But jury does convict husband, Carl Worthington, of criminal mistreatment in daughter's pneumonia death.     07.24.09

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