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  • Public Intoxication Ruling Could Dampen Party Plans (law allows intoxicated passengers to be cited)

    07/01/2011 8:06:34 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 68 replies
    WRTV 6 (Indianapolis) ^ | 7/01/11 | n/a
    INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana Supreme Court ruling this week is a timely, cautionary reminder for Hoosiers who plan to consume alcohol over the holiday weekend. It is possible to be charged with public intoxication, even while in a vehicle with a designated driver. Police had arrested an Indiana woman who was drunk in the passenger seat of a car. The Supreme Court ruled that a public intoxication charge can stand against people in a car on a public street...
  • Judge Who Berated Hunters, Cut Sentence Loses Seat

    11/14/2006 12:56:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 88 replies · 3,633+ views ^ | Nov 8, 2006 | NA
    Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY Voters removed a 3rd District judge who reduced the sentence of a sex offender and also caught the wrath of deer hunters and gun owners for an anti-hunting diatribe from the bench. In Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit counties, 54 percent of voters Tuesday said Judge Leslie Lewis should not be retained, a rare defeat for a sitting jurist. Lewis, a judge since 1991, was out of town and unavailable for comment, court spokeswoman Nancy Volmer said Wednesday. “I just don’t like the way this one was done,” said Greg Skordas, one of 40 lawyers...
  • Hunters target judge Her views on sport trigger ouster effort via Internet

    10/26/2006 6:51:19 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 14 replies · 1,049+ views
    Deseret News ^ | 10/26/2006 | Geoffrey Fattah
    Utah deer hunters have a new target in their sights: 3rd District Judge Leslie Lewis. Leslie Lewis Members of the hunting community have started a grass-roots campaign to oust Lewis after she ordered that a defendant's brother be arrested for expressing displeasure with her views on hunting during a hearing last February. Opponents have launched a Web site,, that contains a link to the in-court video of the February episode, which has been posted on the Web site YouTube. The posting is one of the first instances of Internet campaigning being used in a judicial election in Utah. "She...
  • N.J. court tells police limits on car searches don't apply to homes

    09/21/2006 3:53:20 PM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 156 replies · 5,425+ views
    Star-Ledger Staff ^ | Thursday, September 21, 2006 | BY ROBERT SCHWANEBERG
    In New Jersey, one's home is not one's castle after all. The real castle, it turns out, is the car. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 4-3 yesterday that police do not need a reason to ask permission to search someone's home. The same court four years ago issued rules saying police must have a good reason before asking motorists if they can search their cars. Yesterday the court said the rules for cars -- which prohibit police from asking motorists if they can conduct a search unless they have "a reasonable and articulable suspicion" of criminal activity -- are...
  • US federal judge declares boating illegal in all US navigable waters

    09/15/2006 8:09:05 AM PDT · by AdAstraPerArdua · 352 replies · 10,324+ views
    International Boat Industry ^ | 091406 | IBI Magazine
    In a rather bizarre ruling that has marine industry officials worried, Judge Robert G. James of the United States District Court, Western Division of Louisiana, has said that it is criminal trespass for the American boating public to boat, fish, or hunt on the Mississippi River and other navigable waters in the US. In the case of Normal Parm v. Sheriff Mark Shumate, James ruled that federal law grants exclusive and private control over the waters of the river, outside the main shipping channel, to riparian landowners. The shallows of the navigable waters are no longer open to the public....
  • Thanking Jesus in Court Lands Hawaiian Man in Jail

    07/17/2006 1:37:36 PM PDT · by sasha123 · 33 replies · 1,242+ views
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | 7/17/2006 | Associated Press
    HONOLULU — Junior Stowers raised his hands and exclaimed, "Thank you, Jesus!" in court last month when he was acquitted by a jury of abusing his son. But his joy was short-lived when Circuit Judge Patrick Border held him in contempt of court for the "outburst" and threw him in jail. Stowers, 47, sat in the courtroom and a cellblock for about six hours until the judge granted him a hearing on the contempt charge and released him. The judge at a July 7 hearing dropped the contempt charge, a petty misdemeanor that carries up to 30 days in jail....
  • Thanking Jesus in Court Lands Man in Jail

    07/14/2006 8:18:56 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 76 replies · 2,457+ views
    ap ^ | July 14, 2006
    Junior Stowers raised his hands and exclaimed, "Thank you, Jesus!" in court last month when he was acquitted by a jury of abusing his son. But his joy was short-lived when Circuit Judge Patrick Border held him in contempt of court for the "outburst" and threw him in jail. Stowers, 47, sat in the courtroom and a cellblock for about six hours until the judge granted him a hearing on the contempt charge and released him. The judge at a July 7 hearing dropped the contempt charge, a petty misdemeanor that carries up to 30 days in jail. Stowers couldn't...
  • The Gitmo Prisoners’ Case:What the Supreme Court Really Did, And How the Press Blew the Story

    06/29/2006 3:50:16 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 200 replies · 7,980+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 29 June 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Because the Hamdan case was not up on my favorite research site at Cornell Law School early this morning, I read the press coverage first and the decisions afterward. The press has only a superficial understanding of the case, and missed the most important aspect of the decision. The case is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, No. No. 05–184, June 29, 2006. Source: The Christian Science Monitor gets the facial decision correctly: The court ruled 5-to-3 Thursday that Mr. Bush acted outside his authority when he ordered Al Qaeda suspects to stand trial before these specially organized military commissions. The ruling...
  • Ex-Judge Convicted of Indecent Exposure (Drudge: "Penis Pump Judge Convicted")

    06/29/2006 10:04:39 PM PDT · by Paddlefish · 12 replies · 947+ views ^ | 6/29/06
    A Creek County jury late Thursday convicted a former judge who was accused of exposing himself by using a sexual device while he presided over court cases. The panel deliberated more than five hours before returning a guilty verdict against Donald Thompson on all four counts of indecent exposure. The jury had requested a dinner break around 6:30 p.m. and sent a note to the judge at 8:49 p.m. that a decision had been reached. Jurors recommended one year in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count against the judge, 59, who served more than 20 years on the...
  • Awkward moments abound in penis pump trial

    06/28/2006 12:23:40 PM PDT · by rface · 97 replies · 1,941+ views
    WRAL - AP ^ | Jun 28, 2:32 PM EDT | SHAUN SCHAFER
    BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) -- Former Judge Donald D. Thompson, a veteran of 23 years on the bench, is on trial on charges he used a penis pump on himself in the courtroom while sitting in judgment of others. Over the past few days, the jurors have watched a defense attorney and a prosecutor pantomime masturbation. A doctor has lectured on the lengths the defendant was willing to go to enhance his sexual performance. The white-handled sexual device sits before the jury box for hours at a time. Occasionally an attorney picks it up and squeezes the handle, demonstrating the "sh-sh"...
  • Man's Comment On Check Could Land Him In Jail

    06/27/2006 11:50:03 AM PDT · by beezdotcom · 122 replies · 3,899+ views
    KIRO 7 TV ^ | Jun. 27, 2006 | Associated Press
    BERKLEY, Mich. -- The parking fine was $10. But the comment Robert Militzer added to the check could land him in jail for 30 days. The computer programmer from Allen Park got the ticket May 29. When Militzer wrote the check to Berkley District Court, he scribbled on the memo line, "BULL (expletive) MONEY GRAB." That got Militzer an in-person court appearance -- on a contempt of court charge. He's scheduled to go before a judge Wednesday, accompanied by an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who will argue Militzer's remark is protected by the First Amendment.
  • Ninth Circuit Decides: The Mt. Soledad Cross Will Come Down, "Memorial Would Be Desecrated"

    06/22/2006 1:44:05 PM PDT · by RDTF · 128 replies · 3,101+ views
    Thomas Moore Law Center ^ | June 22, 2006 | TMLC
    ANN ARBOR, MI – A three–judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay Federal District Judge Gordon Thompson’s order to remove the Mt. Soledad Cross pending an appeal. Thus, the City of San Diego must remove the Cross by August 1, 2006, or face fines of $5,000 per day thereafter. In its decision, however, the Ninth Circuit scheduled oral arguments on the matter for the week of October 16, 2006, weeks after the Cross is to be removed. The 43- foot Cross was erected in 1954 and currently is the centerpiece of a national memorial...
  • Judge throws out rape case after prosecutor late to court (Cuyahoga County OH)

    06/18/2006 11:00:29 PM PDT · by kenth · 131 replies · 4,844+ views
    AP via ^ | 06/18/2006 | AP
    A Cuyahoga County judge threw out the charge against a man accused of raping a girl six years ago when the prosecutor in the case was 45 minutes late to trial. Prosecutors have filed an appeal and said, if necessary, they will refile the charge against Norman Allen Craig, 22, of North Ridgeville. The mother of the now 16-year-old Rocky River girl said her daughter feels victimized by the judge’s decision. Common Pleas Judge Eileen Gallagher dismissed the case when Assistant County Prosecutor Mark Schneider had not shown up by 1:45 p.m. Monday, after she told both sides to be...
  • Iowa prison ordered to close Bible program

    06/03/2006 9:56:08 AM PDT · by rface · 55 replies · 1,336+ views
    yahoo - AP ^ | Sat Jun 3, 9:43 AM ET | JAMES BELTRAN
    DES MOINES, Iowa - A judge has ruled that a Bible-based prison program violates the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause by using state funds to promote Christianity to inmates. Prison Fellowship Ministries, which was sued in 2003 by an advocacy group, was ordered Friday to cease its program at the Newton Correctional Facility and repay the state $1.53 million. "This calls into question the funding for so many programs," said Barry Lynn, executive director of the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed the suit. "Anyone who doesn't stop it is putting a giant 'sue...
  • Judge Rules Christian Prison Program Unconstitutional; (Prison Fellowship: founder Chuck Colson)

    06/05/2006 2:47:29 PM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies · 2,336+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 5 Jun 06 | Jody Brown
    Judge Rules Christian Prison Program Unconstitutional; Appeal Planned "The courts took God our of America's schools -- now they are on the path to take God out of America's prisons." -- Mark Earley, Prison Fellowship President By Jody Brown June 5, 2006 (AgapePress) - Evidently it matters not that a well-known and highly successful prison ministry believes one of its premier programs is constitutional and well within the guidelines of the First Amendment, or that statistics bear out the effectiveness of the program. A federal judge has ruled the program is unconstitutional -- and now the program that equips prisoners...
  • Judge rules pledge law violates Constitution

    06/02/2006 4:16:41 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 78 replies · 1,580+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/2/2006 | Rani Cupta
    A federal judge has declared a state law requiring students to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp also declared students do not need a parent's permission to be excused from reciting the pledge, citing previous federal cases. ''It is a long-standing rule of constitutional law that a student may remain quietly seated during the pledge on grounds of personal or political belief,'' Ryskamp stated in his ruling based on a lawsuit filed by a Boynton Beach High School student who had refused to stand for the pledge. Cameron Frazier, then a 17-year-old junior,...
  • Accused drug dealers get off - Judge agrees racial profiling was at play

    05/31/2006 7:49:33 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 90 replies · 1,343+ views
    THE NEWS-TIMES ^ | May 31, 2006 | Karen Ali
    DANBURY — In a decision Superior Court trial referee Robert Callahan "agonized long and hard over," he ruled in favor of two accused drug dealers who claimed they were stopped outside the Sheraton in Danbury in 2004 only because they were black. In a written decision dated May 17 and received Friday by defense lawyers, Callahan said he came to his decision, which essentially guts the state's case against the men, "reluctantly" and after "soul-searching." Lawyer James Diamond of Danbury said his client Demetere Taft, 30, of Beaver Street, is "obviously very pleased that the judge has agreed with the...
  • Judge orders San Diego cross removed

    05/03/2006 6:33:06 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 52 replies · 1,301+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 05-03-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    Ruling on a 15-year-old ACLU case, a federal judge today ordered the city of San Diego to remove a mountain-top cross within 90 days or face a fine of $5,000 a day.U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson said, "It is now time, and perhaps long overdue, for this court to enforce its initial permanent injunction forbidding the presence of the Mount Soledad cross on city property," the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
  • Nude photo site wins injunction against Google

    02/21/2006 8:01:22 PM PST · by Panerai · 38 replies · 1,686+ views
    Cnet ^ | 02/21/2006 | Declan McCullagh
    A federal judge has ruled that portions of Google's popular image search feature, which displays small thumbnail versions of images found on other Web sites, likely violate U.S. copyright law. U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz ruled Friday that Perfect 10, an adult-oriented Web site featuring "beautiful natural women" in the nude, has shown that Google image search probably infringes copyright law "by creating and displaying thumbnail copies of its photographs." The Los Angeles judge said he would award Perfect 10 a preliminary injunction against Google, and gave lawyers for both sides until March 8 to propose the injunction's wording....
  • Federal court allows schools' Jewish and Muslim symbols, bans Christian nativity

    02/09/2006 3:52:59 PM PST · by newzjunkey · 49 replies · 22,074+ views
    Associated Press (via ^ | Thu, Feb. 09, 2006 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld New York City's policy on school holiday displays, which allows symbols of Jewish and Muslim holidays but prohibits Christian nativity scenes. Santa Claus, reindeer and Christmas trees are permitted. The 2-1 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court judge, who said allowing secular symbols neither advanced nor inhibited religion. The appeals court said no objective observer would believe the city wanted to communicate to its million-plus students "any official endorsement of Judaism and Islam or any dismissal of Christianity." Instead, the court said,...
  • Anatomy of a Smear: How poor reporting trashed a Vermont judge (accuses FR of smearing idiot judge]

    02/03/2006 1:48:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 99 replies · 2,642+ views
    Vermont Guardian ^ | Feb 3, 2006 | By Will Hunter
    BURLINGTON - It began with an inaccurate local television news report, with the errors repeated by Vermont print and broadcast media. The story was quickly picked up by Internet bloggers and right-wing talk radio and soon reached at least three sensationalist national cable shows. Within a week, bloggers were posting ever more extreme comments, calling for vigilante action against a longtime Vermont judge and posting his home address and phone online. State politicians jumped at the chance to be on national television, repeating the errors and adding to them. Nationwide, there were calls for boycotts of Vermont if the judge...

    01/17/2006 7:07:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1,116 replies · 18,746+ views
    BREAKING ON THE AP WIRE: WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has upheld Oregon's one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law, rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die.
  • Judge Blocks Timber Sales in Three States

    01/09/2006 8:18:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 94 replies · 1,802+ views
    AP ^ | 1/9/6 | GENE JOHNSON
    Seattle -- A federal judge who struck down a Bush administration decision to ease logging restrictions last summer issued an injunction Monday blocking as many as 144 timber sales in three states. The sales in Washington, Oregon and northern California had been approved under the administration's decision to stop requiring that the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management look for and protect rare plants and animals before logging on 5.5 million acres covered by the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan. The Bush administration eliminated the so-called "survey and manage" rule in spring 2004 as part of a legal settlement with...
  • It wasn't his child, but court says he must pay

    01/09/2006 12:19:01 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 439 replies · 8,550+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | January 5, 2006 | Sara Olkon
    A former Broward County man has been ordered to continue to pay child support for a child he did not father. He said his wife cheated on him; she denies it.Richard Parker said he never suspected that his wife had been cheating on him when she got pregnant seven years ago.When the Hollywood couple divorced in 2001, he agreed to pay her $1,200 a month in child support.But less than two years later, when his son was 5, he says he learned the awful truth: The boy he had raised as his own wasn't his.Parker sued his ex-wife, Margaret Parker,...
  • Now Judges Are Leaking

    01/05/2006 4:59:50 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 42 replies · 1,687+ views
    National Review ^ | 01-05-06 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    January 05, 2006, 3:59 p.m. Now Judges Are Leaking FISA judges discuss NSA surveillance with the Washington Post. On Thursday morning, the Washington Post published an article ("Surveillance Court Is Seeking Answers — Judges Were Unaware of Eavesdropping") that is jaw-dropping in the matter-of-factness with which reports on an outrageous impropriety by at least two FISA court judges. The backdrop is that of the eleven judges who sit on the special court created by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, only one, Chief Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, was briefed by administration officials about the NSA's warrantless eavesdropping program prior to its...
  • 60 Days for Four Years of Raping Vermont Child

    01/05/2006 5:23:48 PM PST · by wagglebee · 131 replies · 3,578+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/5/06 | Hilary White
    BURLINGTON, January 5, 2006 ( -  According to a Vermont judge, serious crime should not be subject to punishment. “The one message I want to get through is that anger doesn't solve anything. It just corrodes your soul.” So said Judge Edward Cashman who then gave a 60-day jail sentence to a man who raped a little girl repeatedly for four years starting when the girl – the child of a friend - was six and ending when she was ten.Mark Hulett, 34, pleaded guilty in District Court in Burlington to two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one...
  • RUSH TO JUDGMENT Limbaugh prosecutor leaving case

    12/20/2005 7:04:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies · 2,812+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/20/2005 | Staff
    Official handling radio host's drug probe gets appointed to bench The Florida prosecutor investigating radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh will soon be weighing cases rather than prosecuting them. Gov. Jeb Bush has announced Assistant State Attorney James Martz has been appointed a Palm Beach County judge, filling a vacancy left after this year's legislative session. "He leaves shoes that will be difficult to fill," state attorney spokesman Mike Edmondson told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, noting Martz was "quite cool, quite calm and quite elated" when told of the appointment. Martz has been accused by Limbaugh of going on a fishing...
  • Judge Orders Release Of Sexually Violent Predator

    12/19/2005 6:29:49 PM PST · by lunarbicep · 25 replies · 918+ views
    SAN DIEGO -- A sexually violent predator with a 20-year history of assaulting male hitchhikers can be released from a mental hospital into the community as long as a treatment plan is in place, a judge ruled Tuesday. Douglas Badger, 63, shook hands with his attorney, Richard Gates, as Superior Court Judge David Gill made his ruling. The judge scheduled a Jan. 27 status hearing to start a process for placing Badger back into San Diego County, where he can be supervised in an outpatient setting. No such plan currently exists, according to court testimony. Assemblyman Juan Vargas, D-Chula Vista,...
  • U.S. Judge Demands More for Arizona Students (orders increased spending on non-English speakers)

    12/17/2005 4:11:19 PM PST · by Crackingham · 35 replies · 946+ views
    AP ^ | 12/16/5 | Paul Davenport
    A federal judge Friday ordered the Legislature to spend more money on education for students learning English and said he will impose fines starting at $500,000 a day late next month if deadlines aren't met. U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins also ruled that the estimated 160,000 Arizona students learning English will be able to get high school diplomas without passing the state's graduation test until they've had time to prepare in adequately funded programs. Plaintiffs claim the state's AIMS test is unfair to students learning English because of shortcomings in programs intended to improve their skills in the language....
  • Judge overturns Virginia 'partial-birth' abortion law

    02/02/2004 4:27:15 PM PST · by KQQL · 83 replies · 469+ views ^ | 02/02/04 | DAVID E. LEIVA
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A federal judge struck down Virginia's ban on a type of late-term abortion Monday, saying the law violated privacy rights and failed to make an exception for the health of the woman. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams called the ban on what opponents call partial-birth abortion ``impermissibly void for vagueness.'' The judge blocked the law last July, the day it went into effect, calling it a ``no-brain case.'' He also has challenged the use of the term ``partial birth infanticide'' by the law's backers, saying it was an attempt to alarm the public. Virginia's law outlawed...
  • Jeb Bush: No intervention for Schiavo

    10/15/2003 5:55:44 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 27 replies · 243+ views ^ | October 14, 2003 | Art Moore
    MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH Jeb Bush: No intervention for Schiavo Case 'in court's hands' on eve of woman's judge-ordered starvation Posted: October 14, 2003 2:30 p.m. Eastern By Art Moore © 2003 One day before Terri Schindler Schiavo's court-ordered starvation is set to begin, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's office says it can do nothing more to save the brain-disabled woman's life. "This is in the court's hands," Bush's press secretary Alia Faraj told WorldNetDaily. "Our government has committed these decisions to the judicial branch, and we must respect that process." Faraj noted Bush presented his opinion on this...