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  • CALIFORNIA: Chamber of Commerce ranks state's legal climate low

    04/23/2008 11:59:02 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 89+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/23/8 | Dale Kasler
    California has the seventh-worst legal climate in the nation for business, according to a survey released Wednesday by a leading business lobby. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform said California's legal climate moved up a spot from last year, but was still stuck in 44th place. "California's low ranking is not surprising, given the fact that California courts have a reputation for certifying class action lawsuits that most other jurisdictions would toss out, and that California juries are increasingly likely to award disproportionately large judgments in civil cases,"
  • Home schooling unlawful, says California court

    03/06/2008 1:31:14 PM PST · by fweingart · 313 replies · 1,963+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 3/6/2008 | Allie Martin and Jody Brown
    A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal has determined parents in that state have no legal right to home school. A Christian attorney in Sacramento says unless the ruling is reversed, literally thousands of students in the Golden State will be subject to criminal sanctions. (click here for special webcast starting at 2 p.m. CST) California Justice H. Walter Croskey has stated in an opinion that "parents who fail to [comply with school enrollment laws] may be subject to a criminal complaint against them, found guilty of an infraction, and subject to imposition of fines or an order...
  • Judge rules casino smoke caused dealer's cancer

    02/13/2008 7:23:36 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 61 replies · 324+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | February 13, 2008
    A judge said years of breathing secondhand smoke in an Atlantic City casino gave a dealer lung cancer. Kam Wong never smoked. But a state worker's compensation judge determined a decade of exposure to secondhand smoke at the former Claridge Casino Hotel caused her illness. She was awarded 60 percent disability pay and lost wages for time she missed before and after two surgeries. Her attorney said there was constantly smoke around Wong. Atlantic City passed smoking restrictions for its 11 casinos last April, limiting smoking to no more than 25 percent of the casino floor.
  • GW (George Washington University) law professors endorse Thompson

    12/09/2007 8:11:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 627+ views
    The GW Hatchet ^ | December 6, 2007 Issue | Jennifer Easton
    Three GW law professors have endorsed Republican candidate Fred Thompson's campaign for the presidency, joining the Lawyers for Fred coalition. Professors John Fitzgerald Duffy, Orin Kerr and Michael Abramowicz are members of the Law Professors Committee within the coalition. "Sen. Thompson is proud of his experience working as a federal prosecutor," said Darrel Ng, a spokesperson for the Friends of Fred Thompson campaign. "That's why he decided to form something like that (coalition), because of his background." Ng said that having endorsement groups for presidential candidates is an important part of the campaign process. "In campaigns you try to find...
  • Court stricter on fire control -- Environmental OK needed to clear brush near urban areas.

    12/06/2007 8:10:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies · 93+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/7/6 | Denny Walsh
    In a decision that affects all national forests, a federal appellate court ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Forest Service cannot cut brush and use controlled burns to reduce the risk of wildfires in and near urban areas unless it first performs a detailed assessment of the environmental impact. The ruling, which reversed a 2005 decision by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. of Sacramento, comes after a devastating fire season that included the destruction of more than 250 homes in the South Lake Tahoe area and a series of Southern California firestorms that displaced hundreds of thousands of residents....
  • Renegade Judge Strikes Down Iowa Defense of Marriage Act

    09/02/2007 8:12:06 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 9 replies · 683+ views
    CitizenLink ^ | 8-30-2007 | Jennifer Mesko
    Renegade Judge Strikes Down Iowa Defense of Marriage Act by Jennifer Mesko, associate editor Dr. Dobson calls it a 'purely political ruling.' County Judge Robert Hanson decided Thursday that he will make the laws for Iowa. He struck down the state's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional and ordered Polk County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Roger J. Kuhle, an assistant county attorney, argued the issue is not for a judge to decide. The county, home to state capital Des Moines, is expected to appeal the ruling to the Iowa Supreme Court.Dr. James C. Dobson, founder and chairman...
  • Sentence could be a bit rough

    08/29/2007 11:05:52 AM PDT · by JZelle · 17 replies · 740+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-29-07 | Tom Knott
    A Boston judge sentences a man to probation and home confinement after his admission that he abducted and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy. A Nebraska judge sentences a convicted sex offender to probation and electronic monitoring because she fears for the mentally impaired man"s safety in prison. A Vermont judge sentences a child molester to 60 days in jail in order to facilitate his prompt treatment. Justice is hardly blind, if only because it is meted out by the colossal imperfection known as the human. And judges are as human as the person who comes to your home to fix...
  • Judges to Consider Request for Documents

    08/17/2007 4:04:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 901+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/17/7 | LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government must answer a watchdog group's demands to release records about the nation's classified terrorist spying program, the chief judge of a secretive national security court has ruled. The American Civil Liberties Union, which announced the order Friday, said it was the first time the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had responded to a request filed by the public. In her two-page order, dated Aug. 16, Presiding Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly called the ACLU's demand "an unprecedented request that warrants further briefing." The ACLU last week asked the court to explain publicly the need to revamp laws that...
  • Md. Judge Dismisses Sex-Abuse Charges Clerk Is Unable To Find Suitable Translator In Time

    07/23/2007 8:54:13 AM PDT · by khnyny · 70 replies · 1,832+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2007 | Ernesto Londano
    A 7-year-old girl said she had been raped and repeatedly molested over the course of a year. Police in Montgomery County, acting on information from a relative, soon arrested a Liberian immigrant living in Gaithersburg. They marshaled witnesses and DNA evidence to prepare for trial. What was missing -- for much of the nearly three years that followed -- was an interpreter fluent in the suspect's native language. A judge recently dropped the charges, not because she found that Mahamu Kanneh had been wrongly accused but because repeated delays in the case had, in her view, violated his right to...
  • Courting the Enemy

    06/12/2007 10:24:40 AM PDT · by rob21 · 8 replies · 433+ views
    National Review ^ | June 12, 2007 | The Editors
    Justice Robert Jackson, the U.S. attorney general before FDR elevated him to the Supreme Court, famously remarked that the Constitution is not a suicide pact. Today, it’s hard to see why not. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on Monday that Ali Saleh Kalah al-Marri — an alien al Qaeda operative from Qatar, sent to the United States the day before 9/11 to conduct follow-up attacks and explore the potential for electronic disruptions of our reeling nation’s financial system — may not lawfully be detained as an enemy combatant in the war on terror. According...
  • [Sandra Day] O'Connor: Attacks on judges 'appalling'

    06/02/2007 8:58:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 109 replies · 2,465+ views
    NewsOK.com ^ | Fri June 1, 2007 | unattributed
    Recent attacks on "activist judges" by legislative bodies could be putting the concept of an independent judiciary at risk, retired Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said Friday. "These are appalling times," O'Connor told a crowd of 700 during a moderated discussion about her career at the University of Tulsa. "There is so much rancor and dislike going on." O'Connor asked the crowd if it heard of the attacks on so-called "godless, secular humanist, activist judges," and cited cases in several states where people attempted to introduce ballot measures that would toss judges in jail for making the wrong...
  • Scalia says judges shouldn't change Constitution

    05/02/2007 1:30:21 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 64 replies · 1,403+ views
    If Americans want to secure new constitutional rights, they should look to the legislative branch, not the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia said last week. “If you want new rights, create them by statute,” Scalia said April 27 in a speech at the University of Delaware. “If you want new constitutional rights, then you need to amend the Constitution.” Defending his “originalist” approach to interpreting what the framers of the Constitution intended, Scalia said too many Americans, from the man in the street to academics and judges, mistakenly consider it to be a document that must evolve to meet the...
  • Federal Court Rules Against EPA

    01/26/2007 3:41:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies · 656+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/26/7 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    The Environmental Protection Agency must force power plants to protect fish and other aquatic life even if it's expensive, a federal appeals court said in a ruling favoring states and environmental groups. The decision late Thursday by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that it was improper for the EPA to let power plants circumvent environmental laws — for instance, restocking polluted water with new fish instead of paying to upgrade their technology. It said the EPA's decisions must "be driven by technology, not cost," unless two technologies produce essentially the same benefits but have much different costs....
  • Court Orders More Money for NYC Schools

    01/25/2007 3:27:13 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 516+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/25/7 | MARK JOHNSON
    Albany, N.Y. -- New York's highest court ordered the state Monday to pay at least $1.93 billion more per year to the New York City school system to provide "a sound, basic education." That is billions less than had been sought in a landmark 1993 lawsuit filed by a group called the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. The state had argued that the city needed to spend at least $1.93 billion to improve the schools.
  • St. Louis judge's outspoken book causing controversy

    12/26/2006 9:20:34 AM PST · by rwa265 · 42 replies · 1,931+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 12/26/2006 | Robert Patrick
    A liberal-bashing book by a veteran St. Louis judge is to become available publicly this week, but it is already causing a stir in political and legal circles — and prompting some to say it could cost him his job. Chapter 1 of Circuit Judge Robert H. Dierker Jr.'s book, "The Tyranny of Tolerance: A Sitting Judge Breaks the Code of Silence to Expose the Liberal Judicial Assault," has circulated via e-mail since last month and been widely read in legal circles, lawyers and judges say. The sentiments expressed in that chapter, which frequently uses the term "femifascists" and is...
  • The Forbidden Mojave Desert Cross

    11/29/2006 9:29:34 AM PST · by Boston Blackie · 5 replies · 379+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 11-28-06 | ArrMatey
    The picture in the following link is a picture of a cross! It is in the Mojave desert but has been boarded up at the behest of the ACLU. click here to view picture and video
  • (Maryland) Democrats Ask For Absentee Ballot Extension

    11/06/2006 12:58:47 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 73 replies · 2,032+ views
    WJZ.COM ^ | 06 NOVEMBER 2006 | AP
    (WJZ/AP) Baltimore, MD -- Several top Maryland Democrats are urging Governor Robert Ehrlich to push for an extension of the deadline for voters to postmark absentee ballots. In a letter to Ehrlich dated Sunday, the group asked the governor to instruct his appointees on the Maryland Board of Elections to allow ballots postmarked on election day to be counted. The current deadline is today. The letter cites shortages in absentee ballots because of the high number of requests this year. The letter comes on the heels of a similar request by a coalition of attorneys' groups and civil rights organizations....
  • O'Connor: Don't call us 'activist judges'(The Old Bag Speaks)

    10/27/2006 1:31:57 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 45 replies · 1,193+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/27/2006 | Bill Mears
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sandra Day O'Connor noticed a disturbing development as her last day on the Supreme Court neared. Over her final years on the bench, more people were talking about "activist judges," an issue she said that appeared to be "erupting all over the country." "That seemed to be a mantra of some kind," she told CNN. Members of the Supreme Court are a notoriously press-shy, but O'Connor, who retired in January, and Justice Stephen Breyer, a 13-year veteran, recently spoke candidly to CNN about their concerns about judicial independence and political retribution against judges. (Watch O'Connor bemoan the...
  • Attorney: Contra Costa misses deadline to re-try killer

    10/11/2006 7:48:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 444+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/11/6 | Bruce Gerstman
    PITTSBURG - Contra Costa County has missed a deadline to retry a convicted murderer whose first conviction was thrown out for racial bias on the jury, his attorney said Tuesday. A U.S. District Court Judge ruled July 10 that Aldridge Currie must get a new trial in 90 days or be released, said attorney Barry Morris. The 92nd day was Tuesday, Morris said. "They didn't try him in the 90 days," Morris said. "The prison has to release him." Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said the county where the inmate was tried is usually responsible for bringing prisoners back...
  • Gonzales Cautions Judges on Interfering

    09/29/2006 10:16:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 515+ views
    AP ^ | 9/29/6 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who is defending President Bush's anti-terrorism tactics in multiple court battles, said Friday that federal judges should not substitute their personal views for the president's judgments in wartime. He said the Constitution makes the president commander in chief and the Supreme Court has long recognized the president's pre-eminent role in foreign affairs. "The Constitution, by contrast, provides the courts with relatively few tools to superintend military and foreign policy decisions, especially during wartime," the attorney general told a conference on the judiciary at Georgetown University Law Center. "Judges must resist the temptation to supplement those tools...
  • Suspect charges $6,300 using judge's ID(Says she only wants thief to have 'awareness' he was caught)

    09/04/2006 9:09:14 PM PDT · by Stoat · 4 replies · 827+ views
    MLive (Michigan) ^ | September 3, 2006
    Suspect charges $6,300 using judge's ID 9/3/2006, 9:13 p.m. ET The Associated Press     MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The people who burglarized Macomb County Circuit Judge Mary Chrzanowski's home in the late 1990s got caught. She's hoping the same thing happens to whoever stole her identity and charged $6,300 in her name.The thief obtained her Social Security number and birth date, then opened accounts with a Syracuse, N.Y., address and ran up a $5,800 phone bill and $500 in credit card charges."Unbelievable," Chrzanowski told The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens in an e-mail interview. "I guess I'm...
  • Romney's Judicial Appointments and Philosophy: not a "pro-gay rights activist" record

    08/27/2006 9:59:34 PM PDT · by Jeff Fuller · 18 replies · 1,274+ views
    Iowans ^ | 8/27/06 | Jeff Fuller
    Cross Posted at Iowans for Romney: Disclaimer: THis is a Pro-Romney Piece and I run a pro-Romney blogsite. I am not paid for my efforts. What I've created below is in response to a commonly recurring attack on Romney: that he can't be trusted to appoint good conservative/constructionist judges because of his record of judicial appointees as Massachusetts Governor, specifically regarding gay-activist judges. The issue came up in a discussion thread to an article I posted on Free Republic (Over 135 comments so far, and some heated debate). One comment (#123), by JohnnyZ summed up the most common attack: Romney's...
  • U.S. District Judge Who Presided Over Government Wiretapping ... Conflict of Interest

    08/22/2006 5:33:26 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 60 replies · 2,603+ views
    Chronwatch ^ | Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | Judicial Watch
    Judge Anna Diggs Taylor Serves as Secretary and Trustee of Foundation that donated funds to ACLU of Michigan, a Plaintiff in the Case Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and judicial abuse, announced today that Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, who last week ruled the government’s warrantless wiretapping program unconstitutional, serves as a Secretary and Trustee for a foundation that donated funds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, a plaintiff in the case ACLU et al. v. National Security Agency. Judicial Watch discovered the potential conflict of interest after reviewing Judge Diggs...
  • Ruling for the Terrorists...(a week after wiretapping helped British authorities)

    08/18/2006 6:21:54 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 11 replies · 771+ views
    New York Sun ^ | August 18, 2006 | Editorial
    The American Civil Liberties Union may know how to craft a winning legal brief but it seems to be clueless when it comes to reading a newspaper. It has just succeeded in persuading a federal judge to block the National Security Agency's counter-terrorist wiretapping program exactly a week after — you guessed it — wiretapping helped British authorities bust up a terrorist plot. Whether or not the NSA was listening in on any of the London-related calls, and we may never know, the episode certainly does demonstrate the importance of such tapping. Good going, guys. Yesterday's ruling follows the disclosure...
  • N.J. conservatives plotting moves if gay marriage is allowed

    08/17/2006 2:23:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 25 replies · 1,156+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 08.13.06 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    (AP) — As they await a New Jersey Supreme Court decision on gay marriage in the Garden State, social conservatives say they are prepared to take the fight to the ballot box if they lose in the legal arena. "If we get to an imminent threat, if we get to the point where marriage is going to be decided by the court, shouldn't we get to weigh in an issue of such magnitude?" said Len Deo, president of the New Jersey Family Policy Council. Like advocates for gay marriage, New Jersey's conservative lobbyists and lawmakers are gearing up for a...
  • 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...
  • Abandoning the Constitution

    08/10/2006 6:53:48 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 14 replies · 1,138+ views
    NRO ^ | August 10, 2006 | Craig S. Lerner & Nelson Lund
    The Constitution requires every president to take an oath in which he pledges that he will “to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The American Bar Association has suddenly decided that presidents are required to ignore that oath, and has denounced this president for seeking to defend the Constitution. What’s the issue? After Congress passes a bill, the president can sign it or veto it. Assume that he concludes that the bill accomplishes important objectives, but one or more parts of the bill are either clearly unconstitutional or might be unconstitutional...
  • Judge: Weak death-penalty defenses may be on purpose

    07/25/2006 7:36:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 683+ views
    AP ^ | 7/25/6 | TERRY KINNEY
    CINCINNATI - Lawyers might be tempted to offer a weak defense in death-penalty cases because many execution sentences are being overturned because of attorney incompetence, the chief judge of a four-state federal appeals court said in an opinion released Monday. Prisoners who receive ineffective assistance are likely to be spared, "certainly for many years, and frequently forever," wrote Chief Judge Danny Boggs of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "To put it bluntly, it might well appear to a disinterested observer that the most incompetent and ineffective counsel that can be provided to a convicted and death-eligible defendant is...
  • House takes up 'pledge' protection

    07/19/2006 10:19:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 491+ views
    AP ^ | 7/19/6 | JIM ABRAMS
    WASHINGTON - House debate on a bill to protect the Pledge of Allegiance from legal challenges because of the "under God" phrase erupted in heated rhetoric Wednesday with lawmakers from both parties using religious references to support their side. "We are making an all-out assault on the Constitution of the United States which, thank God, will fail," said Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in opposition to the bill barring most federal courts from ruling on the pledge. The pledge protection act, expected to pass over mainly Democratic opposition, is part of the House GOP's "American values agenda" that House Speaker Dennis...
  • Federalism 101

    07/14/2006 5:30:19 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 2 replies · 326+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 13, 2006 | Malcolm Kline
    Critics of higher education who say American colleges do not prepare students for life after graduation may be way off base: Among federal judges, the problem may be that they do try to apply their education to the post-graduate day jobs that they hold. “At a seminar for federal judges in Kansas City, one of the more conservative judges said, ‘Isn’t it a shame that people don’t know the five rights in the first amendment,’” historian John Kaminski remembered in a recent forum at the Cato Institute. “One of the more activist judges said, ‘Five rights, I’ve been giving 25...
  • Navy to Use Less Intense Sonar in Pacific Rim Exercises

    07/05/2006 10:18:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 60 replies · 695+ views
    AP ^ | 7/5/6
    HONOLULU — The Navy said it will rely on a different type of sonar during exercises off of Hawaii after environmentalists won a temporary restraining order stopping the service from using a high-intensity sonar that could harm marine mammals. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper's order came after the Defense Department granted the Navy a six-month exemption from the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow use of the "mid-frequency active sonar." Environmentalists had argued the exemption was aimed at circumventing the lawsuit they filed last week to stop the Navy's use of the sonar in the Rim of the Pacific...
  • Waiting for the Next Wave

    06/30/2006 8:24:00 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 211+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 28, 2006 | Trevor Hayes
    It may be illegal for school children to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, Rep. Todd Akin, R-MO, dreads. Akin fears what he calls activist judges and their ability to legislate what the American people don’t want. He spoke to the 13th Eagle Forum Collegians Annual Leadership Summit about two bills he supports designed to rein in activist judges who legislate from the bench. The Pledge Protection Act of 2005 received a 247-173 House vote in 2005, but died in the Senate. In reaction to a 2003 decision by the 9th U.S....
  • Governor Mitt Romney statement today regarding the Massachusetts Protection of Marriage Amendment

    06/28/2006 6:35:36 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 104 replies · 1,285+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 28, 2006 | Mitt Romney
    Romney/Marriage WatchKathryn Jean Lopez] Governor Mitt Romney made the following statement today regarding the Massachusetts Protection of Marriage Amendment:“Our elected representatives in the Legislature will soon hold a historic vote. It regards the institution of marriage. But it will not be a vote for or against same sex marriage. No, it will be a vote for or against democracy. The people here today have followed the law, followed the process established in the Constitution, and gathered an astounding 170,000 signatures. Their effort means that the people, the citizens, will be free to choose how marriage is defined in Massachusetts. This...
  • Romney: Voters Should Define Civil Rights

    06/28/2006 3:14:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 285+ views
    AP ^ | 6/28/6 | STEVE LeBLANC
    BOSTON - Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, renewing his support for a ballot question banning gay marriage, said Wednesday it's the job of voters — not the courts or lawmakers — to define what constitutes a civil right. "Who's going to tell us what a civil right is and what's not? Well, the people will," Romney said in calling on lawmakers to allow a vote on a proposed amendment to the Massachusetts constitution that would ban same-sex marriage. The vote is scheduled for July 12. Supporters have long cast same-sex marriage as a civil right that should not be subject to...
  • Federal judge in LA rules Palestinian man should be citizen - Aiad Barakat of the "L.A. eight"

    06/23/2006 8:37:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 649+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 6/23/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES A federal judge ruled Friday that a Palestinian man whom the government had denied citizenship based on alleged ties with a terrorist group should become a citizen, the man's lawyers said. U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that Aiad Barakat, one of the so-called "L.A. eight," will be naturalized, said Ahilan Arulanantham, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who litigated the case. Barakat's citizenship application had been denied last year by immigration officials, and his lawyers appealed in federal court. "The judge listened and found him to be credible," said Arulanantham. "It was very fact intensive testimony that...
  • Flag Day Civics Lesson

    06/22/2006 10:08:23 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 223+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 21, 2006 | Matthew Murphy
    Flag Day 2006 was also the fifty-second anniversary of President Eisenhower signing “Joint Resolution 243,” which added the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. At the Upper Senate Park, organizations like Concerned Women For America (CWA), The Religious Freedom Coalition, Eagle Forum, Ask For America, and The Traditional Values Coalition held a press conference alongside Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ), Representative Todd Akin (R-MO), Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Senator John Kyl (R-AZ) to urge Congress to pass the Pledge Protection Act. Representative Akin and Senator Kyl are sponsoring the bills in their respective houses that would protect the...
  • Protecting the Republic from Federal Judges

    06/10/2006 6:43:16 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 28 replies · 1,341+ views
    Magic City Morning Star ^ | 6/6/2006 | Tom DeWeese
    In California, a majority of voters supported a ballot measure to stop illegal aliens from receiving tax-funded services such as schools, hospital care and social services. A federal judge declared the measure null and void and forced policy over the legal wishes of the electorate. In Oregon, a majority of voters supported a ballot measure to require the government to compensate landowners when property was taken through environmental regulations. A federal judge declared the measure null and void and forced policy over the legal wishes of the electorate. In Alabama, Judge Roy Moore was forced to remove the Ten Commandments...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 06-03-06

    06/03/2006 8:42:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies · 622+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 06-03-06 | George W. Bush
      For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryJune 3, 2006 President's Radio Address       Audio      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Next week, the United States Senate will begin debate on a constitutional amendment that defines marriage in the United States as the union of a man and woman. On Monday, I will meet with a coalition of community leaders, constitutional scholars, family and civic organizations, and religious leaders. They're Republicans, Democrats, and independents who've come together to support this amendment. Today, I want to explain why I support the Marriage Protection Amendment, and why I'm urging Congress to pass it...
  • Bush backs federal marriage amendment in weekly radio address

    06/03/2006 8:14:25 AM PDT · by nwrep · 40 replies · 936+ views
    AP ^ | June 3, 2006 | DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
    President Bush on Saturday backed a resolution to amend the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman even though the idea has little chance of being passed in the Senate. "Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and a wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society," Bush said in his Saturday radio address. "Marriage cannot be cut off from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening this good influence on society." Democrats say Senate floor time is...
  • Parent Trap? Litigation Explodes Over Paternity Fraud

    04/09/2006 10:21:41 AM PDT · by Jontherocks · 9 replies · 980+ views
    Law.com ^ | April 10, 2006 | Tresa Baldas
    Paternity fraud is rampant in the United States, triggering legislation and legal challenges in more than a dozen states, according to family law attorneys and fathers' rights activists. At issue: Men claim women are getting away with trickery -- DNA evidence may show a man is not the father, but the courts are still forcing him to pay child support anyway. "This is the new underdog," said Michigan family law attorney Michele Kelly, who represents mostly men tangled in paternity disputes. "I was a staunch feminist. I marched with Gloria Steinem. But the new victims in America are working men....
  • Gay man sees big changes since '72 lawsuit (WA)

    04/04/2006 7:44:53 AM PDT · by Sopater · 14 replies · 592+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Tuesday, April 4, 2006 | Lornet Turnbull
    It's been more than three decades since Paul Barwick and John Singer walked into the King County auditor's office and, amid the glare of news cameras, requested — and were refused — a marriage license. In the annals of the gay-rights movement, the men were revolutionaries: Thirty-four years ago this month, they became the first gay couple in the state, and the second in the country, to sue over the right to marry. A King County Superior Court judge and later the state Court of Appeals rejected their claim that state law denying them the right to marry was unconstitutional....
  • House sponsor hopeful about bill that would bar ACLU’s rewards in religion lawsuits

    03/27/2006 7:59:51 AM PST · by Jay777 · 40 replies · 1,072+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 24, 2006 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP)--Indiana’s John Hostettler is trying for the fifth consecutive Congress to prevent the American Civil Liberties Union from receiving government funds when it succeeds at legal challenges to public expressions of religion. This year, the Republican representative has more hope than before thanks to the American Legion. The country’s largest veterans organization, with about three million members, has aggressively thrown its influence behind Hostettler’s bill, and the persistent congressman is encouraged at his proposal’s prospects. Hostettler’s measure, the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA), H.R. 2679, is designed to close what he considers a loophole in federal law that...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 03-19-2006

    03/19/2006 6:38:20 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 265+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-19-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Former Supreme Sandra O'Connor Illustrates why I didn't want 'er(*) She thinks that a judge Should be free to fudge their rulings. No way, your (dis)-honor! (*)pronounce 'wann-err'
  • Scalia critical of what he calls the "judge-moralist"

    03/17/2006 4:17:32 PM PST · by rocksblues · 8 replies · 705+ views
    Boston.com ^ | March 15, 2006 | unknown
    BOSTON --U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia railed against the era of the "judge-moralist," saying judges are no better qualified than "Joe Sixpack" to decide moral questions such as abortion and gay marriage. Article Tools "Anyone who thinks the country's most prominent lawyers reflect the views of the people needs a reality check," he said during a speech to New England School of Law students and faculty at a Law Day banquet on Wednesday night. The 70-year-old justice said the public, through elected Legislatures -- not the courts -- should decide watershed questions such as the legality of abortion.
  • 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,"...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 03-11-2006

    03/11/2006 7:12:15 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 276+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-11-2006 | grey_whiskers
    Warning: Adult Content, counting down to get the kids off this thread.10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...GO. See for example this thread first. What the Cal. Supreme Court has said Makes me fear that they've lost their...head BJ's, said the bench from'a sixteen-year-old wench are just fine. (NAMBLA likes boys, instead...)
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sleeps During Testimony Over TX Redistricting

    03/02/2006 1:32:22 PM PST · by jdm · 145 replies · 4,733+ views
  • Betrayed By The Bench

    02/06/2006 7:26:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 901+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Jan 2006 | Larry Pratt
    John Stormer is an amazing author. He has sold over 11 million books. One, None Dare Call It Treason, sold 7 million. That was in 1964 when there was no internet, no faxes, no talk shows for conservatives. Stormer may have been the first to put a coupon in the back of the book for additional orders. So, a new book by John Stormer means we can assume that he has something else to say. Indeed he does. In Betrayed by the Bench, Stormer traces the lawlessness of so many of today's rulings to the revolt against the common law...
  • Killer of 13 is delusional, experts say

    02/01/2006 5:25:23 AM PST · by grjr21 · 26 replies · 768+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Emilie Lounsberry
    Death-row inmate George Emil Banks thinks he's been pardoned by God and is no longer facing execution. He believes that his lawyers, psychiatrists and prison staff are joined in a wide-ranging conspiracy to get him to renounce God. He thinks that his itchy body rash was the work of flesh-eating demons. And he has blamed his continued incarceration on the "Islamic government of the United States." That is the delusional world of the convicted mass murderer, according to testimony at yesterday's hearing at Graterford Prison to determine whether he is mentally competent to be executed. While psychiatrists detailed his deteriorating...
  • Neaderthals At It Again

    01/11/2006 8:42:47 PM PST · by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American · 71 replies · 1,893+ views
    Conservative Battleline Online ^ | January 11, 2006 | Donald Devine
    Neanderthals At It Again H.L. Mencken’s final report from the famous Scopes trial in Dayton Tennessee comes roaring down to us after 80 years as sharply edged as ever: "Let no one mistake [the trial] for comedy, farcical though it may be in all its details.  It serves notice on the country that Neanderthal man is organizing in these forlorn backwaters of the land, led by a fanatic, rid of sense and devoid of conscience.  Tennessee, challenging him too timorously and too late, now sees its courts converted into camp meetings and its Bill of Rights made a mock...