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2011-07-18 12:10:00

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 15, 2011, U.S. District Judge William Pauley III sentenced a defendant charged with selling Ecstasy to 26 months in prison, less than half the 63 to 78 months recommended by current sentencing guidelines. This watershed event took place because the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represented the defendant, presented scientific evidence challenging the sentencing guidelines as being promulgated in a time of...

2011-07-13 09:13:00

CHICAGO, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An annual report released this month by the Illinois Department of Transportation reveals that Illinois State Police troopers continued to ask motorists of color for permission to search their car without cause at a higher rate than white drivers during 2010. The report documents that the pattern identified by the ACLU of Illinois in its complaint recently filed with the U.S. Department of Justice continued in 2010. Hispanic motorists were...

2011-06-17 10:58:00

CHICAGO, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Statement of Lorie A. Chaiten, Director of Reproductive Rights Project: In a decision issued this morning, the Illinois Appellate Court issued a ruling reversing a Cook County Circuit Court decision granting a motion by the State of Illinois to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Illinois challenging the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. The ACLU of Illinois contends that the Act poses a significant threat to the health and...

2011-06-06 09:00:00

CHICAGO, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union and a group of prominent media organizations have asked the Illinois Supreme Court to uphold a 2007 state law that permits ordinary citizens to speak out on questions of public policy without fear of expensive, lengthy, retaliatory lawsuits brought by the subjects of their speech. The request comes in an amicus curiae brief filed recently by the ACLU of Illinois, the Illinois Press Association, the Illinois...

2011-03-07 14:48:00

CHICAGO, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This is a critical week for women's reproductive health care in the Illinois House, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. Copying a disturbing pattern across the nation, members of the Illinois House of Representatives will consider a number of legislative proposals designed to "eliminate meaningful access to abortion services in Illinois and increase regulatory costs in the state," according to the ACLU. "Taken...

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2011-02-10 06:15:00

A US Judge will hear arguments next week over the US government's labors to get Twitter to release personal information on the accounts of three people with ties to whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The government's efforts to gain access to the Twitter information have been challenged by a number of groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The three WikiLeaks supporters under investigation are Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta...

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2011-02-09 05:50:00

High-tech surveillance cameras in use around Chicago used by the city's police to zoom in on crimes in progress and track suspects across the city are the subject of growing privacy concerns from citizens and privacy rights activists. Chicago has been on a path since 2003 to become the country's most-watched city, when police first started installing security cameras in high-crime areas around the city. Since the onset of the program, Chicago has linked up more than 10,000 public and...

2011-01-11 13:12:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Liberty Institute, representing the VFW Department of California and VFW Post 385, just filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration because it refuses to transfer ownership of the land on which stood the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial to the VFW, as directed by a 2003 Act of Congress. The Obama Administration also refused to allow the VFW to rebuild the memorial after vandals destroyed it in May 2010, and it opposed the VFW's...

2010-10-18 20:35:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Roughly 75 cases will be argued before the US Supreme Court in 2010-2011, and the pros and cons of the issues behind many of those cases have been made available at ProCon.org. ProCon.org is 501(c)(3) nonpartisan public charity which provides millions of readers with free research on important debated issues in order to educate without bias. For Justices, Supreme Court staff, attorneys, reporters, students, or the general public who...

2010-10-07 14:10:00

"The American people ought to know if the Obama Justice Department is being run by radical leftist organizations such as the ACLU" WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today announced that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) for information regarding the DOJ's decision to file a lawsuit against Arizona over the...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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