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June 11, 2013
Marijuana remains illegal because the ACLU and NORML do not acknowledge that being arrested is deprivation of liberty and seizing marijuana is deprivation of property ("Md. marijuana arrest rate soars," June 6). Liberty and property are fundamental rights. Due process of law requires the deprivation of fundamental rights be justified by a compelling state interest to show the marijuana laws are reasonable and necessary. The constitutionality of the marijuana laws has been determined by rational basis test not by the compelling state interest test.
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NEWS
June 11, 2013
Marijuana remains illegal because the ACLU and NORML do not acknowledge that being arrested is deprivation of liberty and seizing marijuana is deprivation of property ("Md. marijuana arrest rate soars," June 6). Liberty and property are fundamental rights. Due process of law requires the deprivation of fundamental rights be justified by a compelling state interest to show the marijuana laws are reasonable and necessary. The constitutionality of the marijuana laws has been determined by rational basis test not by the compelling state interest test.
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NEWS
April 10, 2012
Call your state senator and delegates today. A bill (HB 579) pending in the General Assembly would add an open-ended training requirement to those seeking a handgun carry permit in Maryland. This denial of civil rights appears to be a reaction to the recent ruling by a federal judge that state law requiring such applicants to have a "good and substantial reason" was unconstitutional. This is a naked attempt to enact restrictions after the federal court already ruled existing state law unconstitutional.
NEWS
April 10, 2012
Call your state senator and delegates today. A bill (HB 579) pending in the General Assembly would add an open-ended training requirement to those seeking a handgun carry permit in Maryland. This denial of civil rights appears to be a reaction to the recent ruling by a federal judge that state law requiring such applicants to have a "good and substantial reason" was unconstitutional. This is a naked attempt to enact restrictions after the federal court already ruled existing state law unconstitutional.
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By George Soros | August 30, 2010
—The Roma have been persecuted across Europe for centuries. Now Roma (often called Gypsies, a term they dislike) face a form of discrimination unseen in Europe since World War II: group evictions and expulsions from several European democracies of men, women and children on the grounds that they pose a threat to public order. This month, France began to carry out plans to expel all non-French Roma, implicating them as a group in criminal activity, without any legal process to determine whether individuals have committed any crime or pose a threat.
NEWS
December 7, 2006
It may mean nothing to the ultimate decision, but the state's argument before the Court of Appeals this week in defense of Maryland's ban on same-sex marriage was remarkably weak. Essentially the case made by Robert Zarnoch, counsel to the General Assembly, was that there is no fundamental right in Maryland to same-sex marriage, there is no violation of equal rights guarantees because both genders are equally affected, and if gay couples suffer legal, financial and emotional hardships because of their relationships, only the legislature can address their grievances.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 24, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Bolstering a multistate campaign to end criminal prosecution of private sex acts between homosexuals, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down that state's law against sodomy yesterday.The Georgia court became the seventh state tribunal in recent years, including a Baltimore City court last month, to nullify or severely weaken state laws that are designed mainly to outlaw gay and lesbian sex.Among gay rights issues being fought in courts and legislatures, the challenges to anti-sodomy laws have most often succeeded -- even as efforts to overturn restrictions on gays in the military and on same-sex marriages have failed.
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Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Thanks, but we'll pass. With great fanfare, the office of Baltimore City Councilman Robert W. Curran sent out a email to reporters declaring that domestic violence is “a fundamental human right.” The missive went on to say: “Baltimore is only the second city in the country (after Cincinnatti) to recognize this right.” It's tempting to wonder what other heretofore unrecognized human rights are about to be newly affirmed.  But when we called the councilman to inquire, there was a long moment of silence.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 20, 2001
BEIJING - The Xingzhi School sits at the end of a garbage-strewn alley, tucked away behind the rusting gates of an abandoned paint factory. It's one of more than 300 illegal establishments educating migrant children in Beijing - and one of the more striking examples of the growing chasm between rich and poor in the world's most populous country. Students at Xingzhi (SHING-jur) are jammed 50 or more at a time into tiny classrooms topped with corrugated aluminum roofs. The playground is little more than dust and gravel with a few peeling hobbyhorses.
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By Jon S. Cardin, Ben Cannon and Joe Miklosi | October 10, 2011
A healthy civic society requires protecting citizens' fundamental right to vote while ensuring the integrity of our electoral system. Sadly, this goal is being jeopardized by a coordinated, nationwide effort to enact voter ID laws that will not solve the challenges facing our electoral systems and will instead disenfranchise voters and infringe upon the fundamental American right to free and fair elections. Proponents of voter ID laws claim that they will reduce fraud. We agree that preventing voter fraud is extremely important.
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Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Thanks, but we'll pass. With great fanfare, the office of Baltimore City Councilman Robert W. Curran sent out a email to reporters declaring that domestic violence is “a fundamental human right.” The missive went on to say: “Baltimore is only the second city in the country (after Cincinnatti) to recognize this right.” It's tempting to wonder what other heretofore unrecognized human rights are about to be newly affirmed.  But when we called the councilman to inquire, there was a long moment of silence.
NEWS
By George Soros | August 30, 2010
—The Roma have been persecuted across Europe for centuries. Now Roma (often called Gypsies, a term they dislike) face a form of discrimination unseen in Europe since World War II: group evictions and expulsions from several European democracies of men, women and children on the grounds that they pose a threat to public order. This month, France began to carry out plans to expel all non-French Roma, implicating them as a group in criminal activity, without any legal process to determine whether individuals have committed any crime or pose a threat.
NEWS
December 7, 2006
It may mean nothing to the ultimate decision, but the state's argument before the Court of Appeals this week in defense of Maryland's ban on same-sex marriage was remarkably weak. Essentially the case made by Robert Zarnoch, counsel to the General Assembly, was that there is no fundamental right in Maryland to same-sex marriage, there is no violation of equal rights guarantees because both genders are equally affected, and if gay couples suffer legal, financial and emotional hardships because of their relationships, only the legislature can address their grievances.
NEWS
By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 20, 2001
BEIJING - The Xingzhi School sits at the end of a garbage-strewn alley, tucked away behind the rusting gates of an abandoned paint factory. It's one of more than 300 illegal establishments educating migrant children in Beijing - and one of the more striking examples of the growing chasm between rich and poor in the world's most populous country. Students at Xingzhi (SHING-jur) are jammed 50 or more at a time into tiny classrooms topped with corrugated aluminum roofs. The playground is little more than dust and gravel with a few peeling hobbyhorses.
NEWS
By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 24, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Bolstering a multistate campaign to end criminal prosecution of private sex acts between homosexuals, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down that state's law against sodomy yesterday.The Georgia court became the seventh state tribunal in recent years, including a Baltimore City court last month, to nullify or severely weaken state laws that are designed mainly to outlaw gay and lesbian sex.Among gay rights issues being fought in courts and legislatures, the challenges to anti-sodomy laws have most often succeeded -- even as efforts to overturn restrictions on gays in the military and on same-sex marriages have failed.
NEWS
January 4, 2012
Contrary to letter writer Robert Sharpe's view, the war on drugs is more than war on people who smoke marijuana ("American's misguided war against marijuana," Jan. 1). It is a civil war on the fundamental rights to property, liberty and privacy that are secured by the 4 t h , 5 t h and 14 t h amendments to the Constitution. Responsible users of marijuana pose no threat to public safety, unlike those who abuse alcohol. The biggest threat to public safety comes from organized crime, gangs and the continued criminalization of marijuana.
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By MAURA REYNOLDS and MAURA REYNOLDS,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 14, 2006
WASHINGTON -- White House officials have agreed that Congress can use existing military law as the basis for developing a system for prosecuting war detainees in U.S. custody, key senators said yesterday - a position that differs from testimony earlier this week from Pentagon and administration lawyers. The varying government positions reflect apparent divisions within the Bush administration as lawmakers set about reworking detainee policies in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling last month striking down much of the system President Bush put in place after the Sept.
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