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  • Medi-Cal care trumps California's fiscal woes, judge rules

    01/06/2012 8:51:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/6/12 | Darrell Smith
    The state's fiscal crisis does not outweigh access to health care, a federal judge said in temporarily blocking state Medi-Cal cuts that rural hospitals say would have endangered skilled nursing care for their elderly and long-term patients.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder in Los Angeles federal court Dec. 28 puts the brakes on Medi-Cal cuts that were intended to save California up to $623 million by trimming reimbursement rates to care providers by as much as 10 percent. An earlier round of cuts, also temporarily blocked by the courts, would double the reductions. Medi-Cal, the state's federal Medicaid...
  • Judge orders more protection for imperiled species

    06/28/2011 9:14:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/28/11
    A federal judge has ordered the government to increase protections for about 40 threatened and endangered species that live in national forests in Southern California. Tuesday's decision by U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel requires the federal government to develop new protective measures for imperiled plants and animals . . .
  • A Texas judge declares spanking a child a crime

    06/23/2011 8:16:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies
    SFGate: The Mommy Files ^ | 6/23/11 | Amy Graff
    A Texas woman was sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to the charge of Injury of a Child. What did this Corpus Christi mother of three do? She spanked her then nearly 2-year-old daughter. "You don't spank children today," said Judge Jose Longoria. "In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don't spank children."
  • Judge orders state to boost foster payments

    05/31/2011 6:00:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/31/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge has ordered California to increase payment rates immediately to thousands of foster parents, noting that it has been more than 2 1/2 years since he ruled that the state's reimbursement levels failed to cover the costs of raising a child. State officials "have now had a full and fair opportunity to come into compliance with federal law. They have not done so," U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco said Friday.He told the state Department of Social Services to raise its rates to levels specified in a UC Davis study of foster children's...
  • Lawsuit claims prison receiver is padding state pension with federal salary

    04/29/2011 8:15:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/29/11 | Jon Ortiz
    A Sacramento lawsuit alleges that prison receiver J. Clark Kelso – with help from a federal judge, the state courts and CalPERS – is padding his state pension with his federal salary. Daniel E. Francis v. Board of Administration for the California Public Employees' Retirement System contends that Kelso's employment deal illegally washes his pay through the state' Administrative Office of the Courts so that the money can be factored into his retirement. Francis is bringing the suit as a taxpayer, retired state worker and CalPERS member. Kelso's total compensation came to about $270,000 last year, according to state payroll...
  • Judge to tour California's death chamber

    12/23/2010 5:29:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/23/10 | PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- A federal judge who halted lethal injections in California over concerns that it was cruel and unusual punishment plans to tour the state's new death chamber in February. U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel on Wednesday told attorneys representing a death row inmate who filed a lawsuit and the state attorney general's office that he wants to hold a hearing at San Quentin State Prison sometime in February. Fogel is determining whether the state's new lethal injection procedure is constitutional. Fogel halted executions in early 2006 and ordered prison officials to improve their lethal injection...
  • Judge blocks childcare cut pending more state action { CalWORKs }

    11/05/2010 4:01:29 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 11/5/10 | Susan Ferriss
    An Alameda County Superior Court judge today blocked the elimination of funds for a welfare-to-work childcare program until the state notifies parents they can be screened for eligibility for other programs. Judge Wynne Carvill ordered a stay on the cut until the state Department of Education issues new notices to parents that they can be screened to see if they qualify for alternative aid. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cut the $256 million from the CalWORKS welfare-to-work program with a line-time veto.
  • Cuts to CalWORKS child care program delayed by judge

    10/29/2010 6:02:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 10/29/10 | Torey Van Oot
    An Alameda Superior Court judge has delayed $256 million in budget cuts to a state program that provides child care assistance to low-income families. The funding cut for CalWORKs Stage 3 Child Care was part of the nearly $1 billion in line-item veto cuts Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made to the budget passed earlier this month. Cuts to the program, which provides child care subsidies to parents who have secured employment after going through California's welfare-to-work program, were scheduled to take effect Monday.
  • US APNewsAlert { Don't ask, Don't tell }

    10/12/2010 12:44:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 107 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/12/10
    Federal judge issues nationwide injunction stopping enforcement
  • Judge orders release of Guantanamo detainee

    08/16/2010 4:06:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/16/10
    A federal judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee imprisoned at the island facility for more than 8 1/2 years.
  • Judge has spoken - whether you like it or not

    08/05/2010 8:05:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 126 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/5/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license," federal Judge Vaughn Walker wrote. So one judge overturned a measure approved by 52 percent of California voters in 2008 and upheld by the California Supreme Court in a 6-1 ruling. . . . Walker summed up support for Prop. 8 as emanating from "a fear or unarticulated dislike of same-sex couples." Wrong. Voters have reason to be afraid lest legalizing same-sex marriage result in unintended consequences - such as the legalization of polygamy, as recommended by a Canadian...
  • ADA Vs. Chipotle

    07/27/2010 5:51:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 27, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Overregulation: Leave it to California's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to mark the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) with another of its goofy, ripe-for-recision rulings. This one involves the counter height at a couple of Chipotle Mexican Grills in San Diego. Seems the 45-inch walls between customers and the food-preparation areas prevent people in wheelchairs from "fully participating in the selection and preparation of their order," as Judge Daniel Friedman put it. In short, Friedman wrote for the court, the wall "significantly reduced" the "ability to enjoy the Chipotle experience." We won't argue that "the Chipotle...
  • Judge halts Sacramento County cuts to indigent health care

    07/02/2010 1:05:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/2/10 | Robert Lewis
    A balanced budget for Sacramento County? Not so fast. A Sacramento Superior Court judge on Thursday blocked the county's scheduled cuts to medical programs for the poor, ordering that clinics slated for closure remain open. The cuts were set to take effect this weekend – the start of the new fiscal year. Cuts to primary care, including the clinics, were projected to save $7.8 million. It was part of a spending plan the Board of Supervisors approved last month that included layoffs for nearly 700 workers. The board had to balance a $1.9 billion general fund budget. Included in the...
  • Conn. school board to appeal church grad ruling

    06/08/2010 7:02:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 69+ views
    A Connecticut school board has voted to appeal a federal court ruling that would keep the town's two high school graduation ceremonies out of a megachurch. . . . Hall found that holding the June 23 and 24 graduations at First Cathedral Baptist Church in Bloomfield would amount to an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.
  • State Loses Fight To End Prison Oversight

    04/30/2010 4:15:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 199+ views
    AP via KTVU-2 ^ | 4/30/10
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The Schwarzenegger administration lost a legal fight Friday to end oversight of California's prison health care system.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a federal judge can continue with a court-appointed receiver to improve inmate medical care.The appeals court also dismissed the administration's request to stop the receiver's construction plans to add medical beds.Rachel Arrezola, a spokeswoman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said the state will appeal the entire ruling
  • California says in-home service cuts are ready, can't be quickly changed

    10/16/2009 12:54:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 707+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/16/9 | Susan Ferriss
    California officials say computer programming changes make it impossible to stop budget cuts before Nov. 1 to the In-Home Supportive Services program – even if a federal judge orders it. Federal Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday blocking officials from sending notices Thursday to 130,000 seniors and disabled people slated to have aid cut or reduced as of Nov. 1. But program officials say programming changes that took weeks to accomplish cannot be reversed by then. "Even if we don't send the notices, the cuts will take place because they can't be stopped," said Lizelda...
  • Texas judge clears way for gay divorce

    10/01/2009 9:22:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 1,120+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/1/9 | MATT CURRY
    DALLAS (AP) -- A Texas judge cleared the way for two Dallas men to get a divorce, ruling Thursday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional guarantee to equal protection under the law. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said he'd appeal the ruling, which he labeled an attempt to strike down the ban approved by voters in 2005. "The laws and constitution of the State of Texas define marriage as an institution involving one man and one woman," Abbott said in a written statement. "Today's ruling purports to strike down that constitutional definition — despite the fact that...
  • AP NewsBreak: Proposed deal for Calif. inmate care

    05/28/2009 6:02:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 543+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/28/9 | DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer
    Sacramento, CA (AP) -- The Schwarzenegger administration and a federal court appointee have agreed to the framework of a legal settlement to overhaul the way medical care is delivered to prison inmates. The outline of the proposal was given Thursday to The Associated Press and would be the first step toward ending a long-running legal drama that appeared headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The proposed agreement, if accepted by the federal courts and the Legislature, would call for a sharply scaled-down and far less expensive plan to improve poor inmate medical care than the one the federal receiver previously...
  • Court to hear California prison health care showdown

    02/11/2009 9:21:13 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/11/9 | Denny Walsh
    California prison health care has already grabbed front-page headlines this week, but the issue will be front-and-center again on a separate matter before different judges. An appellate court on Thursday will hear oral arguments on how far the law allows a federal judge to go in imposing his will on the officials who run California's 33 adult prisons. For weeks, the level of rhetoric and posturing by the principals has been through the roof. State officials contend that U.S. District Judge Thelton E. Henderson of San Francisco and his appointed receiver, law professor J. Clark Kelso, have made unreasonable demands...
  • California prison czar scales back plan for medical care

    02/06/2009 12:37:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 235+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/6/9 | Andy Furillo
    The prison medical czar today offered downsized versions of his plan to build long-term care beds for physically and mentally ill inmates, the least expensive of which would cost the deficit-ridden state $2.5 billion. Federal receiver Clark Kelso offered the alternatives as more budget-minded options to what had been an $8 billion plan that would have paid for 10,000 beds and fixed up existing medical facilities in California's 32 prisons. He said that he is "cognizant" of California's impending $40 billion budget deficit, but that the plan is needed to bring the state into constitutional compliance to provide health care...
  • California judicial panel weighs inmate release

    02/03/2009 1:14:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 450+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/3/9 | DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer
    San Francisco (AP) -- A federal judicial panel heard closing arguments Tuesday in a long-running legal battle over crowding in California prisons, a case that will have far-reaching consequences for the state's corrections system, its budget and public safety. At issue are cases stretching back more than two decades that claim overcrowding is the cause of poor medical and mental health treatment. Courts already have found the care so poor that it violates inmates' constitutional rights. Inmates' attorneys argued Tuesday that releasing tens of thousands of prisoners is the answer.
  • Prison health care salve laden with gilt

    02/01/2009 2:06:02 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 421+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/1/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    Of course, California prison inmates are entitled to reasonable 21st century health care. Unfortunately for taxpayers, Clark Kelso, the federal receiver in charge of California prison health care, has, as state Attorney General Jerry Brown noted at a news conference last week, a "gold-plated wish list" for California's prison health care system. His Receivership wants to spend $8 billion to build seven hospitals, each the size of 10 Wal-Marts, which would create "a holistic environment," with "music therapy, art therapy and other recreation therapy functions," a music room, stress reduction room, game room and "therapy kitchen," with lots of natural...
  • Schwarzenegger, other state officials want to dump prison health czar

    01/29/2009 9:16:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 403+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/29/9 | Denny Walsh
    The state brought a new dimension Wednesday to the legal struggle over prison health care reform with a motion to get rid of the court-appointed receiver and his proposed $8 billion construction plan. At a Capitol news conference, Attorney General Jerry Brown, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate and Department of Finance Director Michael Genest said the receiver, J. Clark Kelso, has done a lot of good things but is no longer needed. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger weighed in with a lengthy prepared statement backing them up. But his remarks at a Press Club luncheon were far more blunt....
  • State seeks to have prison receiver replaced

    01/28/2009 1:06:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 265+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/28/9 | Denny Walsh
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Department of Corrections Director Matthew Cate and state Finance Director Mike Genest today announced that California Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed a motion in federal district court in San Francisco to replace the federally appointed receiver. Brown, on behalf of the state, seeks instead a special master who would be an expert appointed by the federal court to advise the state and the court. His motion also asks the court to establish a process during the transition to ensure the receiver's compliance with state and federal law and to terminate the receiver's construction plan. Receiver...
  • Schwarzenegger, Brown want to end prison receivership

    01/28/2009 10:10:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 278+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 1/28/9 | Shane Goldmacher
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger administration officials and Attorney General Jerry Brown will hold a press conference this morning announcing that they are seeking to end federal court oversight of the health care system in California prisons. The LAT's Michael Rothfield caught up with Brown: "We believe the receivership has become a government unto itself, operating without accountability, without public scrutiny and without clear standards," Brown said Tuesday. "Tremendous sums have been spent, and tremendous progress has been made, but we feel that it's time to place the responsibility on the director of corrections and not have this parallel government operating on...
  • Calif. prison receiver: Transfer sick inmates

    01/20/2009 1:18:40 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 342+ views
    AP via SacBee ^ | 1/20/9 | DON THOMPSON - Associated Press Writer
    SACRAMENTO -- Up to 7,000 sick California inmates must be transferred to prisons with access to better medical care, a court-appointed receiver said in a court filing Tuesday. Receiver Clark Kelso is in charge of improving inmate medical care but has become frustrated with the pace of reform. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers have so far refused to provide the $8 billion he seeks to build new medical facilities. In the court documents, he said physically and mentally ill inmates cannot get proper care at four isolated prisons in the Central Valley. Those prisons are Avenal State Prison, California State...
  • S.F. judge strikes down residency rule for low-income mothers

    12/16/2008 9:19:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 659+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/8 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco judge struck down a state law Tuesday that requires low-income women to live in California for six months before qualifying for state-funded care during pregnancy and immediately after childbirth. The 1991 law violates the Constitution by penalizing women who exercise their right to move to California, said Superior Court Judge Patrick Mahoney,
  • Firm bids to run Calif. inmate medical system

    11/10/2008 6:49:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 332+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/10/8 | DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer
    Sacramento, CA (AP) -- A private prison company that has been lobbying the Schwarzenegger administration and is a campaign contributor to the governor's causes has made a bid to operate an overhauled inmate medical system, a move that could conflict with court-ordered reforms, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The offer by The GEO Group Inc. of Florida caught the court-appointed receiver overseeing reform of California's inmate health care system by surprise. In the five-page internal memo obtained by the AP, the receiver's chief of staff repeatedly makes it clear that he believes the bid was...
  • Appeals court stays Schwarzenegger contempt case

    11/07/2008 4:56:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 676+ views
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- A federal appeals court is delaying a contempt hearing over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's refusal to pay the first installment to upgrade inmate medical care. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted moments after a federal judge in San Francisco denied the administration's motion for a stay and ordered the contempt hearing to begin next week. The appeals court ruling delays a contempt citation for Schwarzenegger and state Controller John Chiang at least until January by the time legal arguments are filed with the court. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson had ordered the state to...
  • Officials still hunting for problem wolves

    11/01/2008 9:28:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 613+ views
    The Montana Standard ^ | 11/01/2008 | Nick Gevock
    A federal trapper continues hunting for the wolves that have now killed five cows in the Big Hole Valley. Graham McDougal with U.S. Wildlife Services hasn't been able to kill any wolves from the pack, said Carolyn Sime, wolf program manager with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The pack has killed five cows and injured another ... Sime said ...she understands why Giem is frustrated with the problem but the wolves have remained elusive. "I share his frustration," she said. "It's one of those tough deals where wolves are just running around so much that it's really...
  • Draft report: Prison medical care costs $2.3 billion higher

    10/31/2008 6:26:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 404+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/31/8 | Andy Furillo
    The prison medical care czar's $8 billion plan to build 10,000 long-term care beds and other health facilities for inmates will cost taxpayers an additional $2.3 billion a year in operation costs, according to a draft internal state corrections department report obtained by The Bee. Most of the $230,000 cost per inmate will result from a staffing ratio of 1.4 employees per prisoner - including art therapists, music therapists, beauticians and barbers, the report said. It "will far exceed any per inmate cost" of any correctional agency in the country, according to the report. It currently costs an average of...
  • Calif. prison case to test state sovereignty

    10/27/2008 11:38:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 472+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/25/8 | DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- The Schwarzenegger administration and a federal court receiver are heading toward a showdown over states' rights in the escalating fight over inmate health care. In a Monday hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson said he will proceed with a contempt hearing against the administration for not providing the money sought by the court-appointed receiver. He said it will raise significant constitutional issues about state sovereignty. The judge said the inmate medical system remains in crisis. "We cannot afford to have more delays," he said. Clark Kelso, the receiver in charge of California's prison medical...
  • Wolves back on endangered list in Northern Rockies

    10/14/2008 12:56:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies · 853+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/14/8 | MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Writer
    Billings, Mont. (AP) -- A judge has put gray wolves in the Northern Rockies back on the endangered species list about seven months after the federal government took them off. The order from U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula means the federal government must either drop or overhaul its proposal to strip wolves of federal protection — a process likely to drag on for at least several months.
  • Judge demands $250 million from California, stat

    10/07/2008 7:04:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1,021+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 10/7/8 | Josh Richman
    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge seemed ready to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Controller John Chiang to cough up $250 million in the next few weeks for prison health care construction. But Senior U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson isn't quite ready to hold the governor and controller in contempt of court, a move that could put California on the hook for millions of dollars in fines per day until state officials do the judge's bidding. Henderson said the $8 billion price tag that his appointed receiver, J. Clark Kelso, has placed on construction required to bring the state's long-addled...
  • Dan Walters: Prison health battle could be a legal epic

    10/08/2008 10:59:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 446+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/8/8 | Dan Walters
    The conflict between California and federal judges over operation of the 170,000-inmate prison system could evolve into one of those epic legal struggles that involve bedrock constitutional principles and wind up in an historic Supreme Court decree. Or not. While some conservative Republicans contend that the state should strenuously resist the creeping judicial takeover of the prison system, even defying a judge's orders, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and most Democrats are just pleading for more time to comply. By the same token, federal Judge Thelton Henderson scolded state officials this week for not complying with demands from receiver J. Clark Kelso...
  • Dirt on judge no shock to wife

    09/29/2006 1:11:01 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 1,045+ views
    THE disgraced British judge at the centre of the Brazilian cleaner blackmail plot was left isolated yesterday as his wife shunned him. Amtul Khan said she was no longer in contact with Mohammed Ilyas Khan, her estranged husband, with whom she has two children. She said revelations that he had been living with an illegal immigrant and had a series of home-made sex videos came as no surprise to her.
  • 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....
  • Voter-Passed Measure 37 Law Is Overturned

    10/14/2005 4:22:24 PM PDT · by B Knotts · 64 replies · 1,481+ views
    KATU-TV/AP ^ | 10/14/2005 | Charles E. Beggs
    SALEM, Ore. - A judge on Friday overturned a voter-passed property compensation law as unconstitutional. Marion County Circuit Judge Mary James struck down the law as violating five provisions of the state and federal constitutions. The law, passed as Measure 37 on the November 2004 ballot, requires that state and local governments either compensate land owners when regulations lower property values or waive the rules. James said the statute violates equal protection provisions of the Oregon Constitution and a state constitutional ban on suspending laws. She also ruled it breaches the separation of powers between government branches, "intrudes on" legislative...
  • DOMA Goes Down In Flames - ACT NOW FOR Federal Mariage Ammendment

    02/10/2005 10:34:34 AM PST · by davidosborne · 81 replies · 1,557+ views
    http://www.grasstopsusa.com/fma.html ^ | http://www.grasstopsusa.com/fma.html | http://www.grasstopsusa.com/fma.html
    Black-robed tyrant -- Judge Doris Ling-Cohan -- decreed on Friday that it would be "irrational and perverse" to deny homosexuals the "right" to marry. Can you believe it! Now it is "perverse" NOT to allow homosexuals to marry! With a single arbitrary slam of her gavel, Ling-Cohan impose HER INDIVIDUAL WILL on the City of New York and struck down a New York law which was originally established in the 19th Century. Ling-Cohan did not just make a travesty of the law when issuing her proclamation. She trampled on the will of the people of New York, the will of...