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  • Tom DeLay Conviction Overturned By Texas Appellate Court (Tom DeLay for Speaker)

    06/10/2014 7:01:36 PM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 100 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 09/19/2013 10:53 am EDT
    A Texas court ruled Thursday to overturn the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who was found guilty of money laundering in 2010. According to KHOU 11 and the Associated Press, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin said the case's evidence was "legally insufficient to sustain DeLay's convictions," formally acquitting the former congressman on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
  • Supreme Court Refuses to Take on NSA Metadata Case

    04/07/2014 9:15:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 86 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 7 Apr 14 | Gabriela Vatu
    The US Supreme Court is chickening out and taking a step back from the entire NSA scandal. Rather than making a final decision on whether the bulk telephone metadata surveillance program is constitutional, the Supreme Court has decided to decline the case. Instead, the Court has now left lower courts to contradict each other over the legality of this particular NSA surveillance program. One court, for instance, has described the metadata program as an “almost-Orwellian” effort. In fact, this particular petition brought to the Supreme Court concerns precisely a decision given out by US District Judge Richard Leon, who also...
  • Supreme Court won't hear case on gay wedding snub

    04/07/2014 6:49:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 106 replies
    USA Today | 4-7-14
    Link only: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/07/supreme-court-gay-lesbian-marriage-photographer/7304157/
  • Appeals court in California orders YouTube to remove anti-Muslim film that sparked violence

    02/26/2014 2:44:57 PM PST · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | Published February 26, 2014
    A U.S. appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in many parts of the Middle East, prompting widespread riots and influential clerics calling for the death of an American actress who sued for the removal of the clip from the site. The decision by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated a lawsuit filed against YouTube by an actress who appeared briefly in the 2012 video that led to rioting and deaths because of its negative portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Judge Completely Trolls Justice Scalia In Striking Down Utah's Gay Marriage Ban

    12/24/2013 8:42:21 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 33 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | December 20, 2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia handed down a scathing dissent in United States v. Windsor — the case in which the high court deemed the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional — he warned of the domino effect it would have on state bans on gay marriage. His prediction came true on Friday, when U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled that Utah's 2004 ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. And Shelby even made note of Scalia's dissent at points in his ruling, citing it as part of his reasoning in striking down the Utah law. Scalia warned that...
  • No race motive in Australian's murder: prosecutor

    08/23/2013 7:57:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 121 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | August 23, 2013
    US prosecutors handling the case of two black teenagers accused of shooting dead a white Australian baseball player said Friday there was no evidence to suggest the killing was racially-motivated. The murder of Chris Lane, 22, in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan has triggered a race debate in America after it emerged that one of the victim's alleged killers had posted racist comments on Twitter earlier this year. Several commentators have questioned why authorities had not pressed to have hate crime charges added to the indictment of James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, who are both charged with...
  • Scalia: 'High-Handed' Kennedy Has Declared Us 'Enemies of the Human Race'

    06/26/2013 9:53:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 126 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 26, 2013 | Tim Grieve
    Dissenting from this morning's opinion on the Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Antonin Scalia – as expected – holds nothing back. In a ripping dissent, Scalia says that Justice Anthony Kennedy and his colleagues in the majority have resorted to calling opponents of gay marriage "enemies of the human race."
  • U.S. Supreme Court wipes out Proposition 8's gay marriage ban

    06/26/2013 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 311 replies
    MercuryNews.com ^ | June 26, 2013 | Howard Mintz
    The U.S. Supreme Court today paved the way for same-sex couples to marry soon in California, effectively leaving intact a lower-court ruling that struck down the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. In a ruling that assures further legal battles, the high court found that backers of Proposition 8 did not have the legal right to defend the voter-approved gay marriage ban in place of the governor and attorney general, who have refused to press appeals of a federal judge's 2010 ruling finding the law unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruling, which found it had no legal authority to decide the...
  • SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN FEDERAL PROVISION DENYING BENEFITS TO LEGALLY MARRIED SAME-SEX COUPLES

    06/26/2013 7:12:46 AM PDT · by The Sons of Liberty · 412 replies
  • Dropped Gosnell Charge Was of Newborn Tossed in Shoe Box, Still Breathing

    04/23/2013 1:58:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    As LifeNews reported today, the judge in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial dropped three murder charges related to babies he killed in his horrific abortion-infanticide process. One of the three charges the judge dropped includes a 28-week unborn baby who was killed in an abortion-infanticide and eventually discovered in a freezer at Gosnell’s clinic. LifeNews has identified that another charge involved “Baby B,” about whom a Gosnell staffer testified was a newborn child who survived a failed abortion and was still breathing into a shoe box. Kareema Cross told the jury she saw at least 10 children who were breathing...
  • CNN Asks If Traditional Marriage Defenders Are 'On the Wrong Side of History'

    03/25/2013 2:54:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 3/25/2013 | Matt Hadro
    Hyping "growing support" for same-sex marriage, CNN's Carol Costello asked a supporter of California's Proposition 8 on Monday if he was "on the wrong side of history" for legally defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Her tone fits right with Friday's CNN panel where a traditional marriage supporter was disgustingly marginalized as a segregationist and compared to a slave owner. Costello cited GOP strategist Karl Rove admitting that he could see a Republican presidential candidate publicly support same-sex marriage in 2016. She then asked Austin Nimocks of the Alliance Defense Fund, "Austin, you heard what Karl Rove...
  • Queue forms early for US hearing on same-sex marriage

    03/23/2013 9:36:43 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 40 replies
    France International News ^ | 03/22/2013 | AFP Staff
    AFP - With Thermos bottles, sleeping bags and a few good books, about a dozen people lined up Friday to be among the first to attend oral arguments at the US Supreme Court on gay marriage. Never mind that the hearings don't begin until next Tuesday. They said they were determined to have front-row seats at one of the year's most anticipated sessions of the highest court in the nation.
  • OFFICIAL PROPONENTS ASK NATION’S HIGHEST COURT TO RESOLVE PROP 8 CASE

    07/31/2012 1:08:16 PM PDT · by fwdude · 21 replies
    Proposition 8 Legal Defense Fund ^ | July 31, 2012 | Proposition 8 Legal Defense Fund
    SACRAMENTO – ProtectMarriage.com, the official proponents of California’s voter-passed Proposition 8, petitioned the United States Supreme Court today to review the misguided decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring the initiative unconstitutional. Earlier this year in a 2-1 decision in the Perry v Brown case, the Ninth Circuit – the most frequently overturned federal appellate court in the nation – errantly upheld a federal district judge’s decision that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibited California from enacting Prop 8 to restore the traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman. “Marriage between a...
  • Roberts Switched Views to Uphold Health Care Law (Original CBS Report)

    07/01/2012 12:16:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 310 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sunday, Juy 1, 2012 | Jan Crawford
    Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court's four conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations. Roberts then withstood a month-long, desperate campaign to bring him back to his original position, the sources said. Ironically, Justice Anthony Kennedy - believed by many conservatives to be the justice most likely to defect and vote for the law - led the...
  • Court ruling could widen health coverage disparities among states

    06/29/2012 4:14:09 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 28, 2012 | Noam Levey
    President Obama, in his drive for a national healthcare overhaul, strove to provide a new guarantee that all Americans, no matter where they lived, would have basic protection against sickness and disease, ending decades of variations among states. ..... < snip > Under the court's ruling, states will be free to decide not to cover all their poor residents through their Medicaid programs.That may mean liberal states that have embraced the healthcare law such as California, Massachusetts and Maryland will in 2014 effectively offer all their residents health coverage, a key goal of the law Obama signed two years ago....
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Stolen Valor' Law

    06/28/2012 11:26:32 AM PDT · by BIGLOOK · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journa;l ^ | June 28, 2012 | Evan Perez
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court cited First Amendment rights to free speech in striking down a law that made it a federal crime to falsely claim to have been awarded military-honor medals. The 6-3 majority opinion upheld a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had declared unconstitutional the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 statute Congress passed "to protect the reputation and meaning" of military honors.
  • Justice Elena Kagan's first vote is against an execution

    10/27/2010 11:16:52 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies · 1+ views
    latimes.com ^ | Oct. 27, 2010 | David G. Savage
    WASHINGTON — Justice Elena Kagan cast her first vote on the Supreme Court late Tuesday, joining the liberals in dissent when the high court cleared the way for the execution of an Arizona murderer. The 5-4 ruling overturned orders by a federal judge in Phoenix and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that had stopped the execution by lethal injection of Jeffrey Landrigan. His lawyers, in a last-ditch appeal, had raised questions about one of the drugs used in the execution. Since the only U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental had suspended production, Arizona officials said they...
  • Florida voters can’t strip down Obama health-care bill, judge rules

    09/01/2010 10:52:11 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 31 replies
    CSM-Yahoo! ^ | Warren Richey
    The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a ballot initiative that sought to amend the state’s constitution to establish that Florida residents have a right to refuse to purchase mandatory health insurance – including under President Obama’s reform effort. The state high court voted 5 to 2 to exclude the referendum issue from the November ballot. The action is a victory for supporters of the Obama health reform program and a setback for opponents, including state lawyers leading an effort in federal court in the Florida panhandle to have the national health insurance program declared unconstitutional. Florida was slated to...
  • Judge Denies Nevada Citizens' Right to Personhood Ballot Initiative

    01/11/2010 9:00:59 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 20 replies · 975+ views
    AIPNews.com ^ | January 11, 2010 | Keith Mason
    PersonhoodUSA 01/11/2010 Carson City, Nevada – A ballot initiative by human rights group Personhood Nevada has been thwarted by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and local Judge James Russell. On Friday, January 8, Judge Russell ruled that the fourteen word amendment did not encompass a single subject, although it is comprised of merely a handful of words and one of the most succinct ever to be filed in that State. The proposed amendment reads, “In the great state of Nevada, the term ‘person’ applies to every human being.” The Judge’s decision declares that the people of Nevada are not entitled to...
  • Ala. judge cleared of sex abuse in inmate paddling

    10/26/2009 1:12:25 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies · 815+ views
    Assoc. Press ^ | 10/26/2009 | PHILLIP RAWLS
    MOBILE, Ala. — A former Alabama judge was cleared Monday of charges accusing him of paddling and sexually abusing male inmates. Former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas was found not guilty on seven counts after more than a week of testimony. A judge threw out the remaining 14 charges. Defense attorneys had painted the 48-year-old as a prominent civic leader who became a victim of felons lying about him to manipulate the court system. Prosecutors said Thomas brought 11 young male inmates to a private courthouse office and severely paddled their bare bottoms for sexual gratification. Some of the...
  • Sotomayor Ruled in "D-Bag Case" (no free speech for you!)

    05/28/2009 10:42:22 AM PDT · by McGruff · 40 replies · 1,395+ views
    NBC Connecticut (via Drudge) ^ | Thu, May 28, 2009 | Associated Press / NBC Connecticut
    Ruled teen's blog post created a created "foreseeable risk of substantial disruption" President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has yet another tie to Connecticut. She sided against a student in the infamous “douche bag” case, and that has upset some free-speech advocates. In August 2007, Judge Sonia Sotomayor sat on a panel that ruled against an appeal in Doninger v. Niehoff. Avery Doninger was disqualified from running for school government at Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington after she posted something on her blog, referring to the superintendent and other officials as "douche bags" because...
  • California Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage ban nears (Prop 8 ruling)

    05/21/2009 11:03:40 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 52 replies · 1,432+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 20 May 2009 | Howard Mintz
    California Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage ban nears The clock is ticking down on the California Supreme Court's imminent decision on whether to uphold Proposition 8, the voter-approved ballot measure restoring the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Based on regulations that require the justices to rule within 90 days of oral arguments in a case, the Supreme Court's decision in the legal challenge to Proposition 8 now will fall on one of three remaining days: Tuesday or next Thursday, or June 1. The high court normally only rules on Mondays and Thursdays, but will issue rulings next Tuesday because...
  • Connecticut: State Supreme Court says same-sex couples can marry

    10/10/2008 11:47:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 111 replies · 2,253+ views
    HARTFORD - Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making the state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions. The divided court ruled 4-3 that gay and lesbian couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry under the state constitution, and Connecticut's civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples. "I can't believe it. We're thrilled, we're absolutely overjoyed. We're finally going to be able, after 33 years, to get married," said Janet Peck of Colchester, who was a plaintiff with her partner, Carole...
  • Despite gaffe, Supreme Court won't revisit landmark child-rape ruling

    10/01/2008 1:27:49 PM PDT · by mojito · 29 replies · 2,312+ views
    CSM ^ | 10/1/2008 | Warren Richey
    Less than a week before its October term is set to begin, the US Supreme Court became a spectacle of sound and fury on Wednesday over a landmark decision handed down three months ago declaring that the death penalty for child rapists is cruel and unusual punishment. At issue was whether the high court would revisit the landmark 5-to-4 decision after revelations last summer that contradicted the majority justices' conclusion that a "national consensus" had emerged against the death penalty for the rape of a child. The June 25 decision said only six states had laws authorizing capital punishment for...
  • Nifong off the hook for now

    01/29/2008 11:46:17 AM PST · by CondorFlight · 26 replies · 80+ views
    DURHAM -- Former Durham district attorney Mike Nifong is off the hook for the time being from any civil lawsuits. The judge overseeing the Duke Lacrosse lawsuit filed by three exonerated players has put their suit on hold.
  • Court says it's unjust but deports man who lived with underage girl

    08/17/2007 8:09:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 1,186+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/17/7 | Bob Egelko
    A legal immigrant in Northern California who was 20 when he began a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl faces deportation to Mexico under a ruling Thursday that was described as unjust by a majority of the federal appeals court panel that issued it. Although Juan Estrada-Espinoza's relationship with his girlfriend was consensual, the crime he committed under state law - unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor at least three years younger than he was - is considered sexual abuse of a minor under federal law and is grounds for mandatory deportation, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
  • Charles Pickering Gets the Last Word

    06/11/2007 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies · 1,388+ views
    City Journal ^ | June 10, 2007 | Harry Stein
    Mention the name Charles Pickering to anyone but the most committed news junkie, and you’re apt to get a blank look or, at best, one of dim recognition. In the era of the 24-hour news cycle aimed at the ever-shortening attention span, the bitter Senate battles over the federal judiciary in which Pickering played so dramatic a part a few years back can seem like ancient history. But with the publication of A Price Too High, Pickering’s insider account of the nearly four years he spent in limbo as a nominee to the federal bench, as Democrats and their press...
  • High Court supports inequities

    05/31/2007 9:51:08 AM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 25 replies · 757+ views
    Activist judges on the Supreme Court issued a major setback to workers who are discriminated against based on their sex Tuesday, effectively rewriting established law in order to give companies that practice discrimination a break. In a split 5-4 ruling, the court ruled against a woman who said she found out over time that she had been receiving smaller pay increases than her male counterparts at Goodyear. Tough, the justices said. In order for the claim to be valid, they said, the woman would have had to file a suit as soon as she got her first paycheck with the...
  • Anti-Spam Suits and Booby-Trapped Motions

    04/18/2007 4:48:25 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 22 replies · 769+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 4/18/2007 | CndrTaco
    Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes in to say "The last few times that I sued a spammer in Washington Small Claims Court, I filed a "booby-trapped" written legal brief with the judge, about four pages long, with the second and third pages stuck together in the middle. I made these by poking through those two pages with a thumbtack, then running a tiny sliver of paper through the holes and gluing it to either page with white-out. The idea was that after the judge made their decision, I could go to the courthouse and look at the file to see...
  • Did the Supreme Court Just Do Us a Favor?

    04/08/2007 7:47:47 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 4 replies · 439+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 4/08/07 | Purple Mountains
    The five liberal judges on the Supreme Court, the same five who gave cities the right to confiscate the property of poor people in Kelo v. New London, just decided, against historical fact and scientific evidence, that the EPA should control CO2. Eventually, when the Democrats are in power, this might mean stringent controls on industrial plants, power plants and internal combustion engines – controls that will greatly increase costs and reduce efficiency – in order to limit a harmless substance that all plant life needs in order to grow.
  • Philadelphia 11 appeal free speech limits [Christians have no right to speak at public event]

    02/16/2007 6:43:53 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies · 457+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | February 16, 2007
    A notice of appeal has been filed with the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals over actions by city officials in Philadephia who not only refused to protect the speech rights of 11 Christians at a public homosexual festival, but arrested them for quoting the Bible and speaking against the behavior. The Alliance Defense Fund said it is appealing a judge's Jan. 19 dismissal of the group's federal court lawsuit against the city officials. "Speech cannot be silenced simply because another person or group does not agree with it," said Ted Hoppe, an attorney allied with the ADF. "City officials must...
  • Libby’s Defense Rests Case in CIA Leak Trial

    02/14/2007 5:53:43 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 56 replies · 2,047+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 14, 2007 | NEIL A. LEWIS
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 — The lawyers defending I. Lewis Libby Jr. against perjury charges rested their case today, but not before suffering a series of defeats in legal rulings by the presiding judge...... .........Judge Walton ruled against Mr. Wells on two motions seeking Mr. Russert’s recall. Mr. Russert, in his testimony, denied that he had told Mr. Libby about Ms. Wilson as Mr. Libby had claimed.... .....But at the time Mr. Russert had already discussed his conversation with Mr. Libby with an F.B.I. agent and Mr. Wells asserted that Mr. Fitzgerald agreed not to raise that matter because it would...
  • Judge: Defense Misled Court About Libby

    02/14/2007 11:50:23 AM PST · by Jack Black · 117 replies · 4,142+ views
    AP via Brietbart via Drudge ^ | 2/14/2007 | Matt Apuzzo
    Judge: Defense Misled Court About Libby Feb 14 2:13 PM US/Eastern By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense attorneys misled the court into thinking that former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby would testify in his CIA leak trial, a federal judge said Wednesday, as he blocked Libby from using some classified evidence in the case. Libby is accused of lying and obstructing an investigation into the 2003 leak of a CIA operative's identity. His attorneys have said for months in court papers that Libby would testify that he had important national security issues on his...
  • Chief Justice Roberts: Activist Court Spells Disaster

    02/03/2007 2:47:01 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 18 replies · 1,107+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3 February 2007
    CHICAGO - Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Thursday told students and faculty at the Northwestern University School of Law that he believes the high court functions best when justices focus narrowly on the case at hand. Justices run great risks when they go beyond the specifics of the case and attempt to set public policy, said Roberts, a strict constructionist confirmed in his post in September 2005. "Judges should act like judges, not like statesmen," Roberts said in response to a student question following a lecture at the university. The talk concluded the first of Roberts' two days...
  • Man Involved In Landmark Gay Rights Case Dies

    09/14/2006 7:56:42 AM PDT · by Borges · 62 replies · 1,703+ views
    Click2Houston ^ | 9/14/06
    HOUSTON -- Tyron Garner, one of two men whose 1998 arrests led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down bans on sodomy, has died, according to a spokesman for the legal firm that represented him. Garner, 39, died early Monday at a Houston hospital, said Mark Roy, a spokesman for Lambda Legal in New York City. Garner had been suffering from meningitis and had been in his brother's care for the past six months. "Over the last few months, he lost the use of his legs from meningitis," Roy told The Associated Press. Garner and John Lawrence were...
  • (OBIT) Defendant in landmark sodomy ruling was not motivated by politics (Lawrence v. Texas case)

    09/14/2006 8:53:47 AM PDT · by weegee · 55 replies · 1,190+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 14, 2006, 12:05AM | By ZEKE MINAYA
    1967 TYRONE GARNER 2006 Defendant in landmark sodomy ruling was not motivated by politics The key civil liberties victory for gays was 'fight against all odds' Tyrone Garner, whose arrest in violation of Texas sodomy laws led to a challenge before the Supreme Court and an eventual victory that struck down such statutes across the country, died after a lengthy illness, friends said Wednesday. He was 39. Garner, who died Monday of meningitis in a Houston-area hospital, was openly gay but not politically active when he chose to fight his arrest in court, said his lawyer, Mitchell Katine. "He was...
  • Judge Not (NSA ruling-Mark Levin opinion)

    08/17/2006 12:26:38 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 62 replies · 2,365+ views
    NRO ^ | Mark (The Great One) Levin
    Are there no limits to which activist judges won’t go to advance their political and policy agendas? Answer: No. I wrote an entire book about it. And U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, appointed in the twilight of the Carter administration, is the latest in a long list of disgraceful lawyers who abuse their power. There are four things that strike me most about Taylor’s opinion. First, she grants standing to such plaintiffs as the ACLU, CAIR, Greenpeace, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Christopher Hitchens, and others, without a shred of information showing any connection between the plaintiffs’ assertions...
  • Teens Sent to Jail Over Deer-Decoy Crash

    08/16/2006 12:12:13 PM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 57 replies · 3,208+ views
    AP ^ | 8/16/06
    Today: August 16, 2006 at 11:0:38 PDT Teens Sent to Jail Over Deer-Decoy Crash ASSOCIATED PRESS KENTON, Ohio (AP) - A judge decided two high school athletes can complete the football season this fall before they serve 60-day jail sentences for a car crash caused by a decoy deer placed in a country road. Two teens were injured. "I shouldn't be doing this, but I'm going to. I see positive things about participating in football," Judge Gary McKinley said Tuesday. Dailyn Campbell, a 16-year-old quarterback for Kenton High, and 17-year-old teammate Jesse Howard will serve their time in a juvenile...
  • Ex-teacher gets 15 to life for molesting students (CA)

    07/19/2006 12:56:48 PM PDT · by DBeers · 31 replies · 1,837+ views
    North County Times (San Diego, CA) ^ | July 19, 2006 | Scott Marshall
    Ex-teacher gets 15 to life for molesting students VISTA -- A former Escondido middle school teacher -- denounced by victims' families as a predator and praised by his family and friends as a decent man who would never harm children ---- was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life in state prison. Peter Thomas Ziskin, 44, of Solana Beach was convicted in May of 17 of the 26 child molestation charges prosecutors had filed against him. Ziskin was acquitted of six of the charges, and jurors were unable to reach a verdict on three counts. The charges involved allegations that...
  • Court Nixes Part of Texas Political Map

    06/28/2006 8:56:44 AM PDT · by jmranchman · 39 replies · 1,248+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/28/06 | Gina Holland
    Court nixes part of Texas political map By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer 13 minutes ago WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld most of the Republican-boosting Texas congressional map engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay but threw out part, saying some of the new boundaries failed to protect minority voting rights. ADVERTISEMENT The fractured decision was a small victory for Democratic and minority groups who accused Republicans of an unconstitutional power grab in drawing boundaries that booted four Democratic incumbents from office. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060628/ap_on_go_su_co/scotus_texas_redistricting Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, said Hispanics do not have...
  • Court says high school can enforce dress code against anti-gay T-shirt

    04/20/2006 7:02:14 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 44 replies · 1,589+ views
    Associated Press (via signonsandiego.com) ^ | April 20, 2006 | Paul Elias
    SAN FRANCISCO – A suburban San Diego teenager who was barred from wearing a T-shirt with anti-gay rhetoric to class lost a bid to have his high school's dress code suspended Thursday after a federal appeals court ruled the school could restrict what students wear to prevent disruptions. The ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals addressed only the narrow issue of whether the dress code should be unenforced pending the outcome of the student's lawsuit. A majority of judges said, however, that Tyler Chase Harper was unlikely to prevail on claims that the Poway Unified...
  • Anti-Abortion Advocates? Bring 'Em On, Texan Says -Planned Parenthood faces Roe v. Wade challenge

    03/12/2006 10:03:10 PM PST · by weegee · 15 replies · 2,798+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: March 10, 2006 | By ROBIN FINN
    CECILE RICHARDS, the new and instantly embattled president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, would like those retro "folks" — her word — intent on knocking her organization, and the entire abortion rights movement, off the map to know she takes after her maternal grandmother That would be the tall, whip-thin woman who, nine-months pregnant and bedridden, took a timeout from home-birthing a future governor of Texas — Ms. Richards's mother, Ann — to wring the neck of the chicken her family was having for dinner. Plucky. "I love the idea of that story, and I'm sure it's true,"...
  • Roe vs. Wade vs. Alito

    01/12/2006 7:43:58 AM PST · by PlainOleAmerican · 11 replies · 653+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 12, 2006 | JB Williams
    Watching the Alito confirmation hearings is much like watching an old Matlock rerun, except with Barney Fife doing the questioning… If it weren’t so infuriating, it would be about as interesting as watching paint dry. Apparently, I need to point out a few things to my friends across the aisle, not the least of which is the fact that a seat on the Supreme Court is NOT an elected position, but rather a presidential appointed position based upon the judicial qualifications of the candidate, not their personal ideologies.
  • Will DeLay be defeated like Capone? (Houston Comical Barf Alert)

    09/30/2005 7:59:41 PM PDT · by weegee · 31 replies · 721+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 29, 2005, 11:29PM | By RICK CASEY
    Maybe Ronnie Earle has the goods on Tom DeLay and maybe not. I'm perfectly content to let a jury consider the evidence and decide. But if a jury does convict DeLay, I'm proposing a new nickname for the man who was, until Wednesday, one of the most powerful figures in national politics. Forget "The Hammer." He will be "Scarface." As in Al Capone. The connection? Capone was a monumental tough guy who ran gambling, prostitution, protection, bootlegging and other rackets in Chicago — only to be brought down on lower level charges that he cheated on his income taxes. DeLay...
  • Unbelievable!

    08/10/2005 6:44:44 AM PDT · by Gunner9mm · 48 replies · 1,751+ views
    Liberty call US, Deck Log ^ | August 10, 2005 | Liberty
    Unbelievable! I'm not even Catholic and my jaw dropped when I read this report by James Taranto in Best of the Web. Catholics Need Not Apply No one seriously argues anymore that Roe v. Wade was correctly decided. Rather, pro-Roe advocates rest their case on policy grounds (warnings about coat alleys and back hangers, etc.) or, when they must argue the law, on the power of precedent. Of the five Supreme Court justices who more or less upheld Roe in the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, three went out of their way to avoid endorsing the decision, emphasizing...
  • Judge: Public has right to see abuse photos (Abu Ghraib)

    05/26/2005 6:45:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 172 replies · 5,884+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/26/05 | Larry Neumeister - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge has told the government it will have to release additional pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, civil rights lawyers said. Judge Alvin Hellerstein, finding the public has a right to see the pictures, told the government Thursday he will sign an order requiring it to release them to the American Civil Liberties Union, the lawyers said. The judge made the decision after he and government attorneys privately viewed a sampling of nine pictures resulting from an Army probe into abuse and torture at the prison. The pictures were given to...
  • In 1 year, 6,000 gay couples say 'I do,' 18 states say 'don't'

    05/15/2005 5:59:02 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies · 686+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 15, 2005 | AP Wire
    BOSTON -- Opponents saw it as a huge blow to the American family. Supporters looked on it as a moment of liberation. The first legal gay marriages in Massachusetts were a pivotal moment in America's culture wars. A year later, the legacy is mixed -- they remain legal here, and civil unions have been legalized in neighboring Connecticut, but a dozen states were propelled to prohibit same-sex weddings. In the past year, more than 6,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot, many rushing to exchange vows in the days and weeks that followed the May 17 start to the weddings....
  • Virginia Court Strikes Down Law Against Sex By Singles

    01/14/2005 2:34:56 PM PST · by KidGlock · 87 replies · 2,057+ views
    WFTV ^ | 1/14/04
    Virginia Court Strikes Down Law Against Sex By Singles POSTED: 4:20 pm EST January 14, 2005 RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday struck down an archaic and rarely enforced state law prohibiting sex between unmarried people. The unanimous ruling strongly suggests that a separate anti-sodomy law in Virginia also is unconstitutional, although that statute is not directly affected. The justices based their ruling on a U.S. Supreme Court decision voiding an anti-sodomy law in Texas. "This case directly affects only the fornication law but makes it absolutely clear how the court would rule were the sodomy law...
  • Sex crimes may be starting younger [Schools report 'fairly graphic' acts in kindergarten]

    09/05/2004 4:31:47 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 47 replies · 1,951+ views
    Houston Chroncile ^ | 9/5/04 | LIZ AUSTIN
    DALLAS - The arrest of a 12-year-old boy on charges that he molested a 4-year-old girl at a fast-food restaurant playground may point to a growing problem of sexually aggressive children, child-abuse experts say. The boy was arrested Wednesday in suburban Houston on charges of indecency with a child and aggravated sexual assault. Police would not discuss in detail what happened to the girl, other than to say her mother said she'd been touched inappropriately. The arrest came a week after the Dallas Independent School District expelled two first-grade boys after one performed a sex act on another during class....
  • Focus on Family demands records re. Colorado judge who ruled against "homophobic" teaching

    05/13/2004 1:07:45 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 23 replies · 215+ views
    Denver Mountain News ^ | May, 04 | Peggy Lowe
    Focus on the Family is forcing lawmakers who voted against the impeachment of a Denver judge to turn over all their correspondence in the case. The Colorado Springs conservative group, citing the state's Open Records Law in letters to each member of the House Judiciary Committee, demanded e-mails, letters, cell phone bills and notes from the hearing on the effort to impeach Judge John Coughlin. Focus on the Family lobbied in favor of impeaching Coughlin because of a decision he made in a lesbian custody case. But the impeachment effort failed when three Republicans joined five Democrats on the committee...