Justiceline: December 2, 2011

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  • Arguing that child labor teaches important “life lessons,” 70 rural state lawmakers led by Republican Rep. Danny Rehberg (MT) are fighting against new Labor Dept. regulations that would limit the work that young people can do on farms. 400,000 children working on farms not owned by family members are not protected under current law.
  • Nearly all student arrests in New York City public schools target black or Latino males, according to numbers released under the Student Safety Act. Out of 63 arrests made this summer and fall, only four students were not black or Latino.
  • Former New Mexico Gov. and Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson is being investigated by a federal grand jury for possible violations of campaign finance laws.
  • A Pew Hispanic Center study released yesterday finds that 63 percent of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. have lived here for more than 10 years, and 46 percent of undocumented immigrants had minor children.
  • The House Intelligence Committee approved a sweeping new cybersecurity bill after making changes to safeguard civil liberties at the urging of Democrats and the White House.
  • A former safety manager for the Denver Police told the Civil Service Commission that beating of suspects is “run of the mill” for many at the department. He said the recent beating of a 16-year-old which resulted in a damaged liver and kidney was unusual only in the severity of the injuries.