Seventh Circuit Examines Lifetime GPS Tracking of Sex Offenders

The Seventh Circuit on Friday weighed the intrusiveness of a Wisconsin statute that institutes lifetime GPS monitoring of certain convicted sex offenders against the necessity of preventing further offenses from that particular class of criminals, which has high rates of recidivism for crimes that are particularly heinous.

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Ministerial Employees

The First Amendment exception that prohibits enforcement of federal employment discrimination statutes against churches’ decisions to hire or fire ministerial employees does not “categorically bar all hostile environment discrimination claims” made by such employees, the Seventh Circuit ruled, finding that a gay man may pursue his sexual orientation hostile work environment claim against his former employer.

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Murder for Hire

The Seventh Circuit affirmed the grant of a habeas petition to a man who was convicted of murder for hire after telling a hitman — really an undercover police officer — that he wanted his ex-wife and her boyfriend killed. The man claims his excluded testimony about his interactions with a police informant would have demonstrated that his meeting with a hitman was a charade, and he never intended to have anyone murdered.

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Campus Conservatives

The Seventh Circuit denied advocacy group Speech First’s request for a preliminary injunction against anti-bias policies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that allegedly infringe on students’ rights to express their support for traditional marriage, immigration reform, the deradicalization of Islam and other conservative views.

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