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HOTEL HOUSEKEEPER'S CIVIL RIGHTS PREVAIL; SETTLEMENT REACHED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT AGAINST STRAUSS-KAHN, FORMER HEAD OF THE IMF.

Constitutional civil rights trumped diplomatic immunity, opening the door to a legal settlement. A settlement was announced in New York State Supreme Court in the sexual assault civil lawsuit filed against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF,) by Nafissatou Diallo, a hotel housekeeper at the Sofitel Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS TWO CONVICTIONS RESULTING FROM NYPD "STOP-AND-FRISK" SEARCH TACTICS.

The controversial stop-and-frisk police tactics in New York City continue to be legally challenged and are being intensely scrutinized by the courts. Recent court rulings indicate judges are becoming increasingly critical of the practice, and speculation is rampant whether the tactic is denying New Yorkers of their constitutional rights in order to reduce crime.

Alarming Trend of Arrests in NYC Public Schools

Since January 2012, the New York City Police Department has made 327 arrests and issued 555 summonses to public school students. The numbers reveal an increase compared to police data from October through December of 2011, where 279 students were arrested.

Federal Judge Declared Class Action Status in NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit

Last year there were 685,724 stop-and-frisk encounters by the NYPD, the highest total in 10 years. This year, during the first three months of 2012, officers have stopped people on the streets more than 200,000 times, putting the stops on course to break last year's record.

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