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Denial of church’s zoning requests didn’t violate law (access required)

Where a church was aware of zoning restrictions when it purchased property, it could not have had a reasonable expectation of religious land use, dooming its claim under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, or RLUIPA. Because the ...

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High school’s admission requirements unconstitutional (access required)

Where a change to the admission requirements of a highly-selective high school had a substantial disparate impact on Asian American students, racial balancing is not a compelling interest and the school board’s actions were not narrowly tailored, the new admission ...

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Detainee: First Amendment violation related to email (access required)

Where a correctional institution’s policy prohibited a detainee’s email recipients from forwarding messages, and his emails were allegedly censored because of their content, he plausibly asserted a violation of his First Amendment rights. Background Askari Dansa M. S. Lumumba alleges ...

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Prison’s policy did not violate Muslim detainee’s rights (access required)

Where a practicing Muslim detainee argued that he should not be forced to purchase his prayer oils from a commissary that sells “swine and idols” because Islam prohibits buying religious items from such vendors, the corrections department properly prevailed at ...

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Attack on school anti-racism program dismissed (access required)

Where there were no facts showing a Loudoun County program aimed at amplifying issues of racism, injustice and inequity in its schools was enacted with discriminatory intent or had a discriminatory impact, the Equal Protection claims were dismissed. Background On ...

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Virginia sued for restricting online access to court records (access required)

Where Courthouse News Service alleged it was denied access to an online database of civil court records because its staff members are not licensed attorneys, its First Amendment claim may proceed. There was a reasonable inference that the non-attorney access ...

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