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Examining intersections of religious freedom with other rights

PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau joined an expert panel  at the Philadelphia Bar Association for a brown-bag discussion Friday on modern interpretations of religious freedom amid new legal protections for LGBT people and shifting reproductive rights. 222 more words

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Advocates: Time To Revamp PA Forfeiture Laws

By Tony Romeo

Harrisburg, Pa. (CBS) — Some Pennsylvania lawmakers and other advocates say the time has come to revamp laws allowing for forfeiture of property in legal cases. 146 more words

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New Report Finds Philadelphia's Stop And Frisk Still Targets Minorities

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Civil rights groups have released a report analyzing data on the number of police stop and frisks in Philadelphia. The groups say tens of thousands of minorities are being stopped illegally. 283 more words

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PA will get away with cruel/unusual punishment if inmates are silenced.

Penn. lawmakers pass bill limiting inmates’ right to make public statements

The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday sent to Governor Tom Corbett a bill that allows crime victims to sue to prevent inmates from making public statements that cause “mental anguish.” 212 more words

Helping Philadelphians navigate marriage equality, legally

The Whitewood v. Wolf decision got corks popping and wedding bells ringing, but it’s also raised a series of questions now that same-sex marriage is the law in Pennsylvania – from joint tax filing to estate planning. 634 more words

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Decisions Could Come Soon On Two Of PA's Marriage Equality Lawsuits

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Judges in two of the five Pennsylvania lawsuits challenging the state’s same sex marriage ban will have all the fuel they need to rule within the next few weeks. 248 more words

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Controversial Police Patdown Of Teen Opens Old Wounds Surrounding Stop And Frisk Policy

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The controversial pat down of a 16-year-old boy who claims a female cop manhandled his private parts is irritating old wounds surrounding Philadelphia’s stop and frisk policy. 449 more words

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