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  • A Judicial Tidalwave?

    11/10/2010 6:15:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | November 5, 2010 | Nathan W. Tucker
    A conservative tsunami rolled across the nation Tuesday night, bringing with it Republican majorities to the U.S. House, governorships, and state legislatures.  But did the tidal wave also affect judicial races and ballot issues across the country? Iowa has received much of the media attention for firing three of its state Supreme Court justices who last year discovered a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.  These soon-to-be former justices will not only be making far more money in private practice then they ever did on the bench, but they will be saluted by the Bar whenever they enter a room.  They...
  • L.A. Judge in Jessica's Law Ruling Has Controversial Past

    11/09/2010 1:29:27 PM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published November 09, 2010 | By Jana Winter
    The Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who blocked enforcement of a major provision of the state's Jessica's Law last week possibly paving the way for sex offenders to live near schools or parks is well known to Californians.
  • Vote Fraud Woes Already Mar Mid-Term Elections

    11/01/2010 8:25:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | November 1, 2010 | Deroy Murdock
    NEW YORK November 2 is not here yet, but polling problems have begun. From possibly malfunctioning ballot gear to potential fraud, the 2010 mid-term vote is marred even before Election Day has dawned. Like jurors who deliberate before a trial concludes, some Nevadans who have tried voting early for Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle instead have seen Democrat Harry Reids name appear on their electronic voting machines. Some voters have complained about this apparent glitch, but how many others unwittingly have miscast their ballots? Intriguingly, these machines are maintained in Las Vegas by members of the Service Employees International...
  • 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...
  • Leftist Judge Rules ObamaGov Can Force US Citizens to Buy its Products [= Slavery. GulagBound]

    10/13/2010 8:23:38 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 56 replies
    GulagBound ^ | October 9, 2010, 12:46 pm | Sher Zieve
    In a decision that reads more like leftist talking points than a judgment based upon any true and sound legal determination based upon the US Constitution, Clinton appointed Judge George C. Steeh has ruled that the commerce clause gives the federal government the right to compel any and all citizens whom it wishes and to buy any and all demanded products whether they want them or not. In other words, the Marxist Judge Steeh has ruled that the US Constitution no longer precludes slavery of its citizens. [snip]
  • 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
  • Don't Ask Don't Tell thrown out by Fed Judge in Riverside

    10/12/2010 12:44:19 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 15 replies
    Fox News | 10/12/2010 | Fox News
    Breaking...
  • Voters Moving to Oust Judges Over Decisions

    09/25/2010 4:54:54 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 24, 2010 | A.G. SULZBERGER
    After the State Supreme Court here stunned the nation by making this the first state in the heartland to allow same-sex marriage, Iowa braced for its sleepy judicial elections to turn into referendums on gay marriage. The three Supreme Court justices on the ballot this year are indeed the targets of a well-financed campaign to oust them. But the effort has less to do with undoing same-sex marriage which will remain even if the judges do not than sending a broader message far beyond this states borders: voters can remove judges whose opinions they dislike. Around the country,...
  • Appeals court: Florida ban on gay adoption unconstitutional

    09/22/2010 12:48:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | Sept. 22, 2010 | CAROL MARBIN MILLER
    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced Wednesday afternoon he will cease enforcing the state's 33-year-old gay adoption law, which was declared unconstitutional by a Miami appeals court Wednesday morning. Crist lauded the court ruling as ``great'' and told reporters at a 2:30 news conference he would immediately stop enforcing the ban. Crist said he wanted to confer with the adoptive father at the center of the case before deciding whether to appeal. He said, however, that he believes the state Supreme Court wouldn't overturn the court rulings. Crist once supported the ban. But the U.S. Senate candidate reversed himself after he...
  • Judicial assault on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'--Activist judge decides to reorder the military

    09/10/2010 4:29:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 10, 2010 | Editorial
    Another federal judge has decided to impose her personal views on the nation's laws so that they will favor homosexual conduct. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips declared unconstitutional the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibits homosexuals from serving openly in the military. Not that it is any of her business. Judge Phillips' finding arose from a suit filed by the Log Cabin Republicans against the Clinton-era law. This Clinton-era judge invoked a "heightened scrutiny" test, which allowed her not only to analyze the direct effects of the law on homosexuals in uniform, but also to expostulate...
  • O'Connor joins group defending Iowa justices

    09/08/2010 6:33:58 PM PDT · by iowamark · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Burlington Hawk Eye ^ | 09/08/2010 | MIKE GLOVER
    DES MOINES - Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will speak about keeping courts free of politics as part of an effort to support three Iowa justices threatened with removal because they supported a decision that legalized gay marriage in the state. O'Connor, a critic of judicial elections, will participate in a Wednesday panel discussion on the "importance" of Iowa's merit-based system of selecting judges. The panel will also include Barry Griswell, former head of Principal Financial Group; Jan Laue, of the Iowa Federation of Labor; and Allan Vestal, dean of Drake University's law school. The effort is...
  • Ladies Nights aren't sexist to men; Court of Appeals rejects Manhattan lawyer's claim _

    09/02/2010 8:14:57 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 31 replies
    Daily News ^ | September 1st 2010 | Helen Kennedy
    The Manhattan lawyer who thinks the big problem with singles clubs is that women pay less to get in got the big brush off in court yesterday. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims by self-proclaimed "anti-feminist lawyer" Roy Den Hollander that letting women past the velvet rope for free or half price on "Ladies Nights" violates the Constitution. The state has no control because "liquor licenses are not directed related to the pricing scheme" at the door, the court said. The court, with evident amusement, said it must rule against Den Hollander even though "without action on our...
  • WikiLeaks' Assange rape case reopened (WikiRape Case Reopened)

    09/01/2010 11:47:17 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 30, 2010 | Associated Press
    STOCKHOLM A senior Swedish prosecutor reopened a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today, the latest twist to a puzzling case in which prosecutors of different ranks have overruled each other. Assange has denied the allegations and suggested they are part of a smear campaign by opponents of WikiLeaks an online whistle-blower that has angered Washington by publishing thousands of leaked documents about U.S. military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. The case was dismissed last week by Eva Finne, chief prosecutor in Stockholm, who overruled a lower-ranked prosecutor and said there was no reason to suspect that...
  • Skamania County: Supreme court rules in favor of couple who built dream house on neighbor's property

    08/20/2010 12:30:20 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 90 replies · 1+ views
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | 08/20/10 | Stephanie Rice
    It was shocking news, when, in 2004, Ford and Christina Huntington learned the dream home they'd built in eastern Skamania County in 1996 was - oops - actually on their neighbor's property. Their neighbor, Noel Proctor, sued the Huntingtons to get them off his property (and to take their house with them.) A property dispute that pitted neighbor versus neighbor also divided the state's high court. On Thursday, a 5-4 Washington Supreme Court sided with the Huntingtons. In doing so, the court upheld the opinions of a Skamania County judge and the Court of Appeals, which upheld the trial judge's...
  • Is the Supreme Court supreme over EVERYBODY?

    08/13/2010 8:20:29 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 69 replies
    The Supreme Court seems to be acting as if it is supposed to be supreme over the legislature, the presidency and the votes of the people. Is this the power that the Constitution gives to the Supreme Court?
  • Breaking News: South Carolina Senate Hopeful Alvin Greene Indicted on Felony Obscenity Charge

    08/13/2010 11:09:46 AM PDT · by Never on my watch · 162 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 13, 2010 | Fox News
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  • Gay-weddings ruling expected by noon

    08/12/2010 8:40:48 AM PDT · by edcoil · 20 replies
    OC Register ^ | 8-11-10 | edcoil
    SAN FRANCISCO The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban is set to rule Thursday on whether gay marriages should resume immediately in the state or await an appeals court's input. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker announced late Wednesday that he would issue his decision by noon on requests to impose a stay that would keep Proposition 8 in effect while its sponsors appeal his decision.
  • Prop. 8 Judge: Pope Hurt Homosexuals

    08/09/2010 8:06:35 PM PDT · by topher · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Monday August 9, 2010 Prop. 8 Judge: Pope Hurt Homosexuals By James TillmanSAN FRANCISCO, California, August 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- In the 136-page ruling overturning California's ban on "gay marriage," Judge Vaughn Walker cites a document signed by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, to show that "religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful" can "harm gays and lesbians."William May, chairman of Catholics for the Common Good (CCG), told LifeSiteNews (LSN) that it was shocking for a federal court to rule that "Catholic teaching and [that] that of other religions are harmful to anyone." He also said...
  • GOP avoids gay marriage ruling

    08/07/2010 2:49:00 PM PDT · by Qbert · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/7/2010 | Maggie Haberman
    When a federal judge in California last week ruled the states ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, several political observers braced for a flood of Republican blasts on the issue that could end up resonating in campaigns nationally. Instead, the anticipated GOP bang over the ban known as Proposition 8 amounted to little more than a whimper. There were angry columns and cries of protest from right-wing groups and conservative writers, but the majority of the Republican establishment kept on a bread-and-butter message and party leaders are encouraging them not to stray. It also was expected that Democrats, outside of...
  • Oklahoma poised as unlikely same-sex battleground

    08/06/2010 6:49:33 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 9 replies
    The Norman Transcript ^ | August 6, 2010 | Trevor Brown
    NORMAN A federal judges ruling Wednesday in California and a federal judges decision last month in Massachusetts have made conservative Oklahoma in the middle of the country an unlikely battleground for gay marriage. Longtime Broken Arrow couple Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop, who are the named plaintiffs challenging Oklahomas Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, said Californias case does not carry any legal precedent in their own case. However, Baldwin said it shows the tide is turning and more judges could follow the lead of what has happened in California and Massachusetts. On the other side of the...
  • Gay-vows zealotry from the bench

    08/06/2010 2:37:12 AM PDT · by Scanian · 63 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 6, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    It's safe to assume that Judge Vaughn Walker voted against Proposition 8 banning gay marriage in California back in 2008. Throughout the trial on the measure in his courtroom, he proved himself as zealously in favor of gay marriage -- if not more so -- than the plaintiffs petitioning to have it declared unconstitutional. If he voted "no" a couple of years ago, Judge Walker wasn't alone. More than 6.4 million Californians voted against Proposition 8. At 48 percent, that was almost enough to constitute a majority. But Judge Walker presumably got two bites at the apple: First in the...
  • Judgement at Heritage

    07/30/2010 11:32:50 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 30, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Judgement at Heritage Bethany Stotts, July 30, 2010 Scholars at a recent Heritage Foundation lecture debated whether judicial activism is a value-neutral label for judges actions or an aspersion cast on some of their decisions. Their comments were made in light of former Harvard University professor Cass Sunsteins 2006 book Radicals in Robes: Why Extreme Right-Wing Courts Are Wrong for America. Sunstein was confirmed last year to head the Obama Administrations Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA); he taught at the University of Chicago at the time of publication. There are, broadly speaking, two accounts of judicial activism, asserts...
  • Judge Blocks Parts Of Arizona Immigration Law

    07/28/2010 10:29:45 AM PDT · by edpc · 478 replies · 16+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 28 July 2010 | JACQUES BILLEAUD and AMANDA MYERS
    PHOENIX A judge has blocked the most controversial sections of Arizona's new immigration law from taking effect Thursday, handing a major legal victory to opponents of the crackdown. The law will still take effect Thursday, but without many of the provisions that angered opponents including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.
  • 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...
  • Looking for Time Bombs and Tea Leaves on Gay Marriage (SCOTUS)

    07/22/2010 9:43:25 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies · 2+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 19, 2010 | Adam Liptak
    The sentence was resolutely bland and nicely hidden in a long Supreme Court decision issued on the last day of the term. All it said was: Our decisions have declined to distinguish between status and conduct in this context. But the context mattered. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the majority, was talking about laws affecting gay men and lesbians. Slipping that thought into a case about the treatment of a Christian student group reminded some of a technique perfected by Justice William J. Brennan Jr....Brennans colleagues learned to watch for the seemingly innocuous casual statement or footnote seeds...
  • Lesbian teen accepts Miss. school district's offer

    07/20/2010 10:39:21 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 20, 2010 | SHELIA BYRD
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A teenage lesbian who sued her school district over its ban of same-sex prom dates has accepted an offer to settle the case. American Civil Liberties Union attorneys representing Constance McMillen filed notice Monday in U.S. District Court to accept a judgment offer from the Itawamba County School District to pay $35,000, plus attorney's fees. As part of the agreement, the school district also said it would follow a policy not to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in any educational or extracurricular activities.
  • Court Rules FCC Indecency Policy "Unconstitutionally Vague"

    07/14/2010 12:03:23 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 30 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | July 13, 2010
    A federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy Tuesday, calling it "unconstitutionally vague" and a violation of the First Amendment. The ruling is a big victory for broadcast networks, which challenged the policy in 2006 after the FCC said unscripted expletives said on live broadcasts violated indecency rules and were subject to fines. The three-judge panel of the New York-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the policy could create a "chilling effect that goes far beyond the fleeting expletives at issue here." "By prohibiting all 'patently offensive' references to sex, sexual...
  • Polanski free, Swiss reject US extradition request

    07/12/2010 5:49:41 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 31 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | 7/12/10 | Bradley Klapper and Frank Jordans
    BERN, Switzerland (AP) - The Swiss government declared renowned film director Roman Polanski a free man on Monday after rejecting a U.S. request to extradite him on a charge of having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. The Swiss mostly blamed U.S. authorities for failing to provide confidential testimony about Polanski's sentencing procedure in 1977-1978. The Justice Ministry also said that national interests were taken into consideration in the stunning decision. "The 76-year-old French-Polish film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the USA," the ministry said in a statement. "The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked."
  • Liberals find a new love: Judicial restraint

    07/08/2010 10:35:43 AM PDT · by RatherBiased.com
    Washington Examiner ^ | Matthew Sheffield
    Faced with a string of Supreme Court ruings in cases dear to liberal hearts regarding campaign censorship and gun control, Americas liberals are taking up a new line of argument regarding the courts by accusing the right of being hypocritical on the subject of judicial activism. Its a rather convenient argument and certainly comes in reaction to conservative and libertarian groups now-successful attempts to use the courts to their advantage as the left has done for decades.
  • Another Confirmation Convert

    07/06/2010 12:09:35 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 6, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Another Confirmation Convert Bethany Stotts, July 6, 2010 Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan indicated during her recent Senate confirmation hearings that, if confirmed, she would not give international law independent precedential weight in her court rulings. However, at a recent Heritage Foundation event, Outsourcing Law? International Law and Its Importance in the Kagan Hearing, held several days earlier, the speakers expressed their concern that, as with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Kagan might attempt a confirmation conversion, making statements which belie her previous actions. Indeed, during her confirmation process, Judge Sonia Sotomayor assured the Judiciary Committee that in her view, citations to...
  • Manson follower faces 19th parole hearing

    07/06/2010 10:24:00 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 2+ views
    KABC/AP ^ | July 6, 2010 | Amy Powell
    CHINO, Calif. (KABC) -- She was convicted in one of the most notorious murder cases in Los Angeles history, and on Tuesday, former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten faces her 19th parole hearing. It may be her best chance yet for release. She was just 19 when she joined members of the Manson cult in the killings of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca.
  • Why Kagan Is Unqualified -- and Dangerous

    07/02/2010 2:15:21 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Ameruccan Thinker ^ | July 02, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Despite being thoroughly unqualified to occupy the bench, Elena Kagan will most likely be confirmed to the Supreme Court. This is because most of our hundred senators are almost as unqualified to judge a judge as she is to be one. What is the proper criterion to apply? Well, a simple analogy illustrates the point best. Let's say you needed to hire a football referee. If he said that he was a "pragmatic" referee, who viewed the rule book as "living" and thus would interpret the rules to suit the "times," would he be your man? Since it's the job...
  • Liberal Activist Judges in Arizona Allow Fraud

    06/30/2010 4:11:06 PM PDT · by az4vlad · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | June 30, 2010 | Andrew Thomas
    Maricopa County officials have voted to retain a mediator to approve payouts to themselves of frivolous claims against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Such blatant self-dealing by government officials was made possible by Arizona's judiciary - including some of the judges now seeking millions of dollars in greedy, undeserved payouts. As part of his campaign for Attorney General, which includes a promise to seek judicial reform, Andrew Thomas noted today that the $46 million fraud on the taxpayers now occurring in Maricopa County is the result of an unaccountable state judiciary. Today's...
  • Joe Biden Lied (in his opening remarks at the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearing)

    06/28/2010 11:20:59 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 48 replies
    My Grandfather's Son : A Memoir pp 235-236 | 2008 | Clarence Thomas
    Senator Biden was the first questioner. Instead of the softball questions hed promised to ask, he threw a beanball straight at my head, quoting from a speech Id given four years earlier at the Pacific Legal Foundation and challenging me to defend what Id said. I find attractive the arguments of scholars such as Stephen Macedo, who defend an activist Supreme Court that would strike down laws restricting property rights. That caught me off guard, and I had no recollection of making so atypical a statement, which shook me up even more. Now, it would seem to me what you...
  • Kagan to tell senators at confirmation hearings Monday she'll be impartial on Supreme Court

    06/28/2010 9:22:57 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 59 replies
    StartTribune.com ^ | 6/28/10 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS , Associated Press
    Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is telling senators she'll do her best to consider cases impartially and with judicial humility, as she begins Judiciary Committee hearings facing Republicans charges that she'd let her political views color her decisions as a justice. "I will do my best to consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle, and in accordance with law," Kagan plans to tell senators as she heads into a marathon week of high-pressure vetting before the Judiciary panel, pressing to portray herself as a mainstream addition to the court.
  • Court: Christian group can't bar gays, get funding (Christian Legal Society v. Martinez)

    06/28/2010 8:21:47 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 122 replies
    AP ^ | 06/28/2010 | Staff
    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court says a law school can legally deny recognition to a Christian student group that won't let gays join. The court on Monday turned away an appeal from the Christian Legal Society, which sued to get funding and recognition from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law.
  • Judicial activism from right (conservatives should have been disgusted at Judge Feldman's ruling)

    06/27/2010 12:26:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Decatur Daily ^ | 06/27/2010 | Eric Fleischauer
    When a New Orleans federal judge enjoined the moratorium on deepwater oil drilling last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and most other conservatives cheered. They should have been horrified. It is not the possibility of another environmental disaster that should have offended their sensibilities. Nor is it the fact that Judge Martin Feldman has a stock portfolio that, far from being diverse, is loaded with shares in companies that uniquely benefit from his ruling. Rather, conservatives should have been disgusted that an appointee of former President Ronald Reagan revealed himself as an activist judge. Feldman spurned the judicial restraint that...
  • Dems win bid to block Green Party from (Texas) ballots (Democrats against democracy)

    06/25/2010 10:39:27 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 24, 2010 | GARY SCHARRER
    ...District Judge John Dietz, declaring the money used to collect signatures "an unauthorized, illegal contribution," granted the Democratic Party a temporary restraining order to block Green Party candidates from being certified for the November ballot. Democrats contended that a petition drive to put Green candidates on the ballot was actually an effort to help Perry, a Republican, by diverting votes from his Democratic challenger Bill White... It had struggled earlier to get the required 43,991 petition signatures for its candidates to make the ballot. At a hearing Thursday, Green Party member Garrett Mize testified that Perry's former chief of staff,...
  • Calif man who killed alleged molester is sentenced

    06/15/2010 12:41:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 84 replies · 1,668+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/15/10
    Ukiah, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California man who fatally shot a family friend accused of molesting him for years was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison in the vigilante shooting. Aaron Vargas, 32, was sentenced after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 63-year-old Darrell McNeill.Vargas said McNeill began sexually abusing him when he was 11 . . . several other people ... came forward to say McNeill had molested them.Hundreds of supporters ... asked authorities for leniency for the shooter.. . . Judge Ronald Brown said he imposed the harsher sentence because he believed...
  • In Praise of Capitalism: How the Social Justice Left Create(s) Academic Propaganda

    06/08/2010 9:59:57 AM PDT · by Excellence · 19+ views
    Big Journalism ^ | June 8, 2010 | Patrick Courrielche
    It is no secret that progressives have created a self-cloning machine by hijacking our educational system. Their indoctrination efforts are well documented. But we rarely think of research institutions as propaganda factories. A Request for Proposal (RFP) see document above recently obtained by Big Journalism gives us a rare look at how progressives and labor unions attempt to manipulate the national media narrative. And their process? you may ask. Use the credibility and resources of the American higher education system to create researchprop biased collegial research papers that serve as propaganda to support political policies. Entitled Cry...
  • Surgeon Who Removed Wrong Organ Had "Bad Luck"

    06/07/2010 10:46:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies · 61+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Mon, Jun 7, 2010 | TODD WRIGHT
    The doctor was the victim of "bad luck," medical board saysThe state Board of Medicine has ruled a South Florida surgeon, who took out a healthy kidney instead of a gallbladder during an operation, wasn't inept or careless. The board said Bernard Zaragoza is a good doctor, but he had bad luck. We'd say it was the patient who had the worst luck. The unidentified man died of heart failure three weeks after the surgery. In 2007, Zaragoza operated on an 83-year-old patient who was having some internal issues in Miramar. The patient's kidney was located where his gallbladder should...
  • A rough road for bus safety - Records show (METRO) drivers had 1,029 wrecks last year (in Houston)

    06/07/2010 11:20:57 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies · 25+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 7, 2010, 5:55AM | YANG WANG
    ...On average, that's nearly three accidents or fender benders each day. Two accidents this year involved buses and Metro's light rail both the result of bus drivers running red lights... The Chronicle's review of accidents, citations and breakdowns involving the Metropolitan Transit Authority's 1,210 buses documented a total of 1,029 wrecks last year. Metro Police classified 338 of them as preventable, meaning the bus drivers involved could have taken measures to prevent the accidents; 220 caused at least $1,000 in damages or resulted in people ending up at hospitals. Altogether, at least 334 people were injured in bus or...
  • Judge Weinstein Takes on Child Pornography Laws

    05/21/2010 1:13:01 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 716+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 21, 2010 | A. G. Sulzberger
    In his 43-year career as a federal judge, Jack B. Weinstein has come to be identified by his efforts to combat what he calls the unnecessary cruelty of the law. His most recent crusade is particularly striking because of the beneficiary: a man who has amassed a vast collection of child pornography. Judge Weinstein, who sits in the United States District Court in Brooklyn, has twice thrown out convictions that would have ensured that the man spend at least five years behind bars. He has pledged to break protocol and inform the next cast of jurors about the mandatory prison...
  • Supreme Court Continues to Impose Morality on States

    05/19/2010 7:33:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 254+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2010 | Ken Klukowsi
    Mondays Supreme Court decision holding that sentencing an underage person to life in prison is unconstitutional is yet another disturbing example of judicial activism. More than simply another run-of-the-mill activist decision, the Court has reached a new level of usurping the powers the Constitution entrusts to our elected leaders in the states. On May 17, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Graham v. Florida. In this case, a 16 year-old habitual criminal named Terrance Graham had served time for armed burglary and assault. When he was released on probation, he was then arrested again for robbing a woman...
  • Supreme Court Rules Out Life Terms for Juveniles Who Haven't Killed

    05/17/2010 11:28:20 AM PDT · by docbnj · 60 replies · 2,392+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 17 May 2010 | Jess Bravin
    WASHINGTONThe Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life without parole for crimes short of murder, with Justice Anthony Kennedy and the court's liberals agreeing that such sentences were cruel and unusual. The case was the latest in a series of milestone opinions by Justice Kennedy that have broadened the scope of the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments." Earlier rulings eliminated the death penalty for juveniles and ended it for crimes short of murder. Chief Justice John Roberts, in a break from fellow conservatives, voted with the majority to reverse the life...
  • Kagan's hero: 'Most liberal activist judge' in world

    05/13/2010 3:33:58 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 5 replies · 277+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/13/'10 | Aaron Klein
    NEW YORK President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, once called a judge universally regarded as one of the most extreme liberal activist high court justices in history "my judicial hero." "He is the judge who has best advanced democracy, human rights, the rule of law and justice," stated Kagan in September 2006 introductory remarks at a Harvard University award ceremony. Kagan was referring to Aharon Barak, the retired president of the Supreme Court of Israel, who at the time was receiving the Peter Gruber Foundation 2006 Justice Prize at Harvard.
  • Legitimating Bigotry

    05/11/2010 5:33:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies · 385+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-11-10 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    Richard Goldstone, author of the notorious Goldstone report, did not become a South African judge in the post-Apartheid Mandela Era, as The New York Times and other media have erroneously reported. He accepted a judgeship during the worst days of Apartheid and helped legitimate one of the most racist regimes in the world by granting the imprimatur of the rule of law to some of the most undemocratic and discriminatory decrees. Goldstone wasquite literallya hanging judge. He imposed and affirmed death sentences for more than two dozen blacks under circumstances where whites would almost certainly have escaped the noose. And...
  • So Is She Gay?

    05/10/2010 10:31:35 AM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 95 replies · 2,396+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | May 10, 2010 | Andrew Sullivan
    It is no more of an empirical question than whether she is Jewish. We know she is Jewish, and it is a fact simply and rightly put in the public square. If she were to hide her Jewishness, it would seem rightly odd, bizarre, anachronistic, even arguably self-critical or self-loathing. And yet we have been told by many that she is gay ... and no one will ask directly if this is true and no one in the administration will tell us definitively. In a word, this is preposterous - a function of liberal cowardice and conservative discomfort. It should...
  • Court won't hear appeal on Boy Scouts land rental

    05/03/2010 9:59:06 AM PDT · by South40 · 35 replies · 1,124+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 3, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Monday decided to let stand a ruling saying the Boy Scouts cannot lease city-owned parkland in San Diego because the group is a religious organization. The high court refused to hear an appeal from San Diego-area Boy Scouts who have traditionally leased Balboa Park camp space.
  • Judge says no to Obama subpoena in Blago case

    04/30/2010 11:03:41 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 111 replies · 4,367+ views
    AP via Brietbart ^ | 04/30/10 | Staff
    CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge in Chicago has refused to issue a subpoena for President Barack Obama to testify at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political corruption trial.