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  2 thrown out of Bush event can't revive lawsuit
  10th Circuit finds protesters can't sue because volunteers who evicted them acted under White House direction in official capacity.     01.29.10
  Wash. anti-war group sues over alleged government spying
  Members of Olympia organization accuse Army intelligence analyst, others of illegally infiltrating group and gathering info that was used to make wrongful arrests.     01.14.10
  La. town not liable for cop's actions against street preachers
  Group's attorney responds to 5th Circuit decision, saying he has noticed pattern of rulings that refuse to hold municipal governments accountable in civil rights cases.     12.22.09
  Student can pursue challenge of school’s gang-affiliation policy
  By David L. Hudson Jr. After rejecting a free-speech claim, federal judge finds New York school's policy too broad.     11.18.09
  2nd Circuit rains on new parades for NYC's Fifth Ave.
  Court upholds city's right to bar parades along popular route, saying the 'Fifth Avenue Rule' doesn't discriminate on content basis.     11.18.09
  Texas students get go-ahead for empty-holster protests
  Federal judge grants temporary restraining order allowing Tarrant County College students to participate in nationwide demonstration this week.     11.10.09
  Ore. court: Elder-abuse law protects furrier from protesters
  Judge orders four animal-rights activists to keep their distance from 75-year-old and his store, saying level of profanity that they directed at man clearly violated statute.     11.09.09
  3rd Circuit rejects Pittsburgh's abortion-clinic access law
  Unanimous three-judge panel finds either set of distance limits could by itself be legal, but that combined, the zones violate First Amendment.     11.03.09
  Alaska court rejects free-association challenge to smoking ban
  Judge rules against Fraternal Order of Eagles, saying Juneau ordinance regulates 'actions of the (group's) members, not their choice of the people with whom they associate.'     10.26.09
  9th Circuit judge urges settlement in campus-speech case
  'It sounds like you have achieved a victory,' Chief Judge Alex Kozinski tells lawyer for anti-abortion group, referring to fact that Arizona State has already altered policy at center of lawsuit.     10.22.09
  Chicago City Council backs abortion-clinic buffer zone
  If measure is enacted, protesters will be prohibited from getting nearer than eight feet of patients who are within 50 feet of a facility.     10.09.09
  N.Y. man accused of tweeting cop actions at protests
  During G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, man arrested for using Twitter to monitor police moves for other activists.     10.05.09
  Critics question use of acoustic 'weapon' to disperse G-20 crowds
  Joel Kupferman, who attended Sept. 24 march as legal observer for National Lawyers Guild, said he was overwhelmed by device's deterrent tone, calling it 'overkill.'     10.03.09
  Mass. high court rejects teen curfew's criminal penalties
  Justices uphold Lowell curfew, but say that criminal prosecution of a minor, with the potential for state confinement, 'is an extraordinary and unnecessary response.'     09.29.09
  Police overreacted at G-20 protest, critics say
  Civil libertarians accuse riot officers of focusing on largely peaceful, if unsanctioned, demonstrations when they should have been paying more attention to small groups of vandals.     09.28.09
  4th Circuit nixes $5 million verdict against funeral protesters
  Three-judge panel finds signs used by members of Kansas church to picket Marine's funeral contained 'imaginative and hyperbolic rhetoric' protected by First Amendment.     09.25.09
  Denial of 'yoga for peace' event sparks protest in N.H. town
  Town selectmen say they rejected request because they lacked information about plans for the gathering.     09.25.09
  G-20 protesters allege police harassment in lawsuit
  Two groups accuse Pittsburgh officers of engaging in 'systematic attempts to harass and discourage lawful First Amendment activities' in run-up to global economic summit.     09.22.09
  Activists get go-ahead to erect 'tent city' for G-20 protest
  But federal judge denies requests by two other groups to camp overnight in park and to rally on bridge near economic summit being held next week in Pittsburgh.     09.18.09
  St. Louis police board apologizes to protesters
  American Civil Liberties Union announces settlement of lawsuit brought on behalf of activists targeted before World Agricultural Forum in 2003.     08.25.09
  N.J. city considers imposing adult curfew to curtail crime
  Experts say proposed Paterson ordinance could be nation's first citywide, non-emergency curfew to include adults.     08.19.09
  Birmingham mayor pardons civil rights protesters
  But Larry Langford acknowledges few demonstrators may actually want their records expunged because many carry their misdemeanors as badges of honor.     08.12.09
  Pelosi, Hoyer: Health-care protesters' behavior 'un-American'
  White House spokesman doesn't directly respond to top House Democrats' comments, saying instead that 'spirited debate' is 'part of the American tradition.'     08.11.09
  Study supports Central Park lawn restrictions
  Civil rights, protest groups unhappy with results of independent study required under settlement of federal lawsuit.     08.07.09
  Conservative activists say no letup for health-forum protests
  Democrats, White House claim sometimes rowdy protests at town hall meetings are largely orchestrated from afar; Republican Party chairman denies charge.     08.07.09
  Federal jury: West Point didn't violate protesters' free speech
  Demonstrators' anti-war message on T-shirts wasn't main reason for expulsion from Army-Navy basketball game, jurors find.     07.23.09
  2nd Circuit: U.S. officials mishandled exclusion of Muslim scholar
  Tariq Ramadan should have had chance to show he was no supporter of terrorism before he was barred from country.     07.20.09
  9th Circuit dismisses lawsuit over Ore. Bush protest
  However, court gives ACLU lawyers a chance to amend complaint to include evidence that would strengthen their claims that Secret Service discriminated against demonstrators.     07.20.09
  1st Circuit backs expanded buffer zones outside Mass. abortion clinics
  Attorney general's office defended 2007 statute, saying it enhanced public safety and clinic access, while still guaranteeing people's right to express opinions near medical facilities.     07.10.09
  Justices keep Mo. funeral-protest law on hold
  Supreme Court refuses to hear state's appeal of 8th Circuit order that bars enforcement of statute while federal judge considers whether it is constitutional.     06.29.09

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