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2010-06-22 13:45:00

New York Governor David Paterson has proposed doubling the states's DNA database to include samples from even low-level offenders, making it the first state to collect and use evidence to help solve crimes and exonerate people that have been wrongly convicted. The new law would require adding 48,000 samples a year to a laboratory system that state officials say is capable of handling the extra work. "You think it'd be a huge explosion, but we have samples on so many people that recommit...

2009-07-17 13:59:00

NEW YORK, July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal appeals court today found that the U.S. government had not adequately justified its denial of a visa to a Swiss professor and leading scholar of the Muslim world. The decision, which reverses a ruling of a lower federal court, comes in a case in which the American Civil Liberties Union contended that the government's exclusion from the U.S. of Professor Tariq Ramadan violated the First Amendment rights of organizations inside the...

2006-08-11 15:05:00

By Christine Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Random bag searches by New York police at subway stations are constitutional and an effective means of combating terrorism, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. "In light of the thwarted plots to bomb New York City's subway system, its continued desirability as a target, and the recent bombings of transportation systems in Madrid, Moscow, and London, the risk to public safety is substantial and real," the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals said...

2006-01-31 18:52:31

By Christine Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Suspects arrested in New York City are often forced to wait too long for a court hearing that informs them of the charges against them, a problem that hits minorities especially hard, a rights group said on Tuesday. Nearly 100,000 people -- more than one third of New Yorkers arrested in a 13-month period -- were held by police for more than 24 hours before being arraigned, the New York Civil Liberties Union said in a report. "This is a...

2006-01-10 17:50:00

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - An award-winning Indian documentary-maker sued New York City on Tuesday because police ordered him to stop filming in public in 2005 and held him for four hours, apparently suspecting he was plotting an attack. The New York Civil Liberties Union, acting as lawyers for filmmaker Rakesh Sharma, believes it is the first suit to challenge police restrictions on taking pictures in public following the September 11 attacks. It alleges Sharma's constitutional...

2005-12-02 18:36:04

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Friday that police had a constitutional right to randomly search passengers' bags on the New York City subway to deter terrorist attacks. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman ruled the searches were an effective and appropriate means to fight terrorism, and constituted only a "minimal intrusion" of privacy. "The risk to public safety of a terrorist bombing of New York City's subway system is substantial and real,"...

2005-11-14 18:36:59

By Christine Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police in New York beefed up security in the city's subways on Monday by using bomb-detection devices to search passengers' bags on top of the random searches of backpacks and packages already underway. With the new devices, police can swab bags for traces of explosives, then place the samples in high-tech detection devices without opening the bags, officials said. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the devices allow police to conduct...

2005-10-31 16:53:45

By Christine Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - An attack on New York's subway system would not be deterred by random searches of riders' bags at subway stations, lawyers for the New York Civil Liberties Union argued in court on Monday. NYCLU lawyer Christopher Dunn told a federal court in Manhattan that the city's search policy, introduced after this summer's London bomb attacks, was unprecedented in the United States and violated constitutional rights protecting citizens from being...

2005-09-22 15:31:41

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Civil Liberties Union launched a campaign on Thursday to help high school students remove their names from lists given to the U.S. military in an effort aimed at ending what the group called aggressive and abusive tactics to recruit for the Iraq war. The civil rights group said it will hand out leaflets titled "No Student Left Unrecruited?" outside schools. The leaflets list students' rights on military recruitment and include a form students can...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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