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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Heien v. North Carolina

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

8-1 Supreme Court ruling that a cop’s reasonable mistake in interpreting the law was not sufficient cause to overturn a conviction.  The case involved a defendant who was convicted of cocaine possession when his car was stopped for a broken brake light.  The court ruled that searches and seizures based on mistakes of fact may be reasonable.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

The act (HR 83) covering 701 pages which funds the federal government through Fiscal Year 2015, except for the Department of Homeland Security.  It also renames the Government Printing Office the Government Publishing Office.  From FDsys


Setting Priorities: An Essential Step in Transforming Declassification

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

Proposes that items be declassified by the government according to priorities based on historical significance rather than age or automatic declassification of all documents.  From the Public Interest Declassification Board at the National Archives and Records Administration


Questions and Answers on Title IX and Single-Sex Elementary and Secondary Classes and Extracurricular Activities

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Laws/Regulations,Youth

Offers legal guidance on circumstances under which school districts can offer single-sex classes and extracurricular activities without violation of civil rights provisions of law.  From the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights


Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2012: Statistical Tables

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

Provides statistics on the number of applications for guns and the number of denials.  Includes details back to the passage of the Brady Act in 1994.   From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Ebola in the United States: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Answers common legal and policy questions about the potential introduction and spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


EPA Proposes Smog Standards to Safeguard Americans from Air Pollution

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations

Agency press release on proposed regulations to strengthen air quality standards to a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion to reduce the harmful effects of ground level ozone or smog.  Includes link to full proposal.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


The Obama Adminstration’s November 2014 Immigration Initiatives: Questions and Answers

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

Provides discussions for nine frequently-asked questions relating to such topics as the legal authority for the president’s actions, constraints upon executive discretionary authority, and who has “standing” to challenge the initiative.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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