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  • Brian Aitken's Mistake. A NJ man gets seven years for being a responsible gun owner.

    11/16/2010 12:24:09 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | 11/15/2010 | Radley Balko
    Sue Aitken called the police because she was worried about her son, Brian. She now lives with the guilt of knowing that her phone call is the reason Brian spent his 27th birthday in a New Jersey prison last month. If the state gets its way, he will be there for the next seven years. Aitken was sentenced in August after he was convicted of felony possession of a handgun. Before his arrest, Aitken, an entrepreneur and owner of a media consulting business, had no criminal record, and it appears he made a good-faith effort to comply with New Jersey's...
  • With Plea Deal, Sex Offender Admits to Killing Riley Fox

    11/11/2010 7:27:36 AM PST · by heartwood · 32 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Nov. 10. 2010 | CHARLIE WOJCIECHOWSKI
    A convicted sex offender arrested in May after DNA evidence linked him to the death of a little girl was sentenced to life without parole Tuesday after negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors. Scott Eby's plea deal, accepted by Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt, spares him from the death penalty for the rape and murder of Riley Fox. The courtroom was packed Tuesday with relatives and supporters of the Fox family. Reporters and court personnel were in tears as both Kevin and Melissa Fox read their victim's impact statements. Kevin went first, saying he has waited six years for this...
  • Order Blocks Oklahoma Constitutional Amendment

    11/08/2010 10:32:14 AM PST · by gwjack · 242 replies ^ | November 8, 2010 | Tim Talley
    A temporary restraining order has been issued to block a state constitutional amendment that prohibits state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases. U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange handed down the ruling this morning in Oklahoma City following a brief hearing.
  • Brakes put on removal of red light cameras [Houston refuses to give up $10 million cash cow]

    11/03/2010 11:23:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies ^ | 3 Nov 2010 | JAMES PINKERTON and BRAD OLSON
    Although voters abolished Houston's red light camera system Tuesday, the 70 cameras have the green light to keep recording traffic violations for months as the city weighs a legal strategy for exiting its contract with the firm operating the cameras, city officials say. Anti-camera activists slammed the delay Wednesday, insisting on immediately terminating the five-year contract — whatever the cost - with ATS, the Arizona firm that manages Houston's system. The May 2009 contract has a termination clause that requires the city to provide the company with a 120-day notice of cancellation, a period when the cameras will still be...
  • Judge questions Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona immigration law

    11/01/2010 1:17:31 PM PDT · by Palter · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 01 Nov 2010 | Jerry Markon
    A federal appellate judge expressed deep skepticism Monday about the Justice Department's lawsuit over Arizona's new immigration law, leaving uncertain the Obama administration's chances of stopping the law from taking effect. Judge John T. Noonan Jr. grilled administration lawyers at a hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He took aim at the core of the Justice Department's argument: that the Arizona statute is "preempted" by federal law and is especially troublesome because it requires mandatory immigration status checks in certain circumstances. "I've read your brief, I've read the District Court opinion, I've heard your interchange...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • How can New Jersey imprison a gun owner who broke no laws?

    10/19/2010 9:17:19 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | October 19, 2010 | David Codrea
    "Hey David," the Facebook message began, "Thought you might be interested in Brian Aitken, in jail in NJ for 7 years for owning legal guns." I get people approaching me all the time wanting me to write about their legal cases. Most of the time, I get very subjectively-recounted narratives with very little to substantiate, and even less on what the defendants may have actually done. Experience has made me naturally wary of jumping on such bandwagons without investigation.Here's what I've found.His supporters have established the "Free Brian Aitken" Facebook page. Mission: To help free Brian Aitken, an innocent gunowner...
  • Judge rejects Obama's 'don't ask, don't tell' argument

    10/20/2010 12:18:53 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | October 20, 2010 | Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON — A district court judge Tuesday rejected the Obama administration's claims that allowing gays and lesbians to begin openly
  • Duncan Hunter's Statement on Today's Don't Ask Don't Tell Debacle!

    10/19/2010 12:37:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 54 replies
    Teleconference | 10/19/10 | Duncan Hunter
    The United States Military has performed superbly in Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrating unprecedented courage and ingenuity in the war against islamic terrorists. A major characteristic of America's military is the bedrock of Judeo-Christian beliefs and heritage, which maintains unit cohesiveness, which in turn translates into combat effectiveness. Now, liberal extremists, backed by a single activist judge, a Clinton appointee, are trying to inject homosexuals into the ranks of America's fighting forces. This is something that our troops strongly object to. This is the same homosexual lobby which is attempting, through a judicial fiat, to undo what 31 States (out of...
  • Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants

    10/19/2010 10:09:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2010 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Defense Department said Tuesday that it is accepting openly gay recruits, but is warning applicants they might not be allowed to stick around for long. Following last week's court ruling that struck down a 1993 law banning gays from serving openly, the military has suspended enforcement of the rule known as "don't ask, don't tell." The Justice Department is appealing the decision and has asked the courts for a temporary stay on the ruling.</p>
  • Court Denies Access to Fannie/Freddie Political Records (Obama administration keep Records secret)

    10/13/2010 2:10:29 PM PDT · by goldendays · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/13.2010 | Tom Fitton
    Court Denies Access to Fannie/Freddie Political Records Judicial Watch recently suffered a temporary setback in its pursuit of records related to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s political contributions. On September 30, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled, in effect, that the Obama administration may keep the records of these two government-controlled enterprises secret. Here is the statement I offered to the press in response: This [ruling] shows that the Obama Administration’s commitment to transparency is a big lie. It is incredible that taxpayers are on the line for at least $400 billion, yet cannot access...
  • Judge Will Let DOJ Suit Against Arizona Proceed

    10/12/2010 12:10:52 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 39 replies
    From the Courthouse News Service, a federal district judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the suit brought by the Obama Justice Department against the state of Arizona: PHOENIX (CN) – A federal judge rejected motions in which Gov. Jan Brewer, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu sought dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s new immigration law. The complaint filed by civil rights groups, including Friendly House and the American Civil Liberties Union, contains sufficient allegations that S.B. 1070 perceptibly impairs the ability of the organizational plaintiffs to provide the services that...
  • 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
  • What does victory for the Tea Party look like?

    10/07/2010 12:14:09 PM PDT · by jhigh · 23 replies
    The Center for American Heritage ^ | 10/06/2010 | Jason E. High
    By all accounts, Republicans are on track to make major gains in Congress in November. Disenfranchised with the Democrats and energized by the Tea Party movement, voters appear to be prepared to give the Republican party a chance at governing for a while. Thus, the pendulum swings once more. The question that needs to be asked, however, is what does victory for the Tea Party actually look like? Is victory simply defeating as many Democrats as possible in the fall election? Every Tea Party member and activist that I’ve spoken with adamantly decries any attempt to paint the movement as...
  • Sneak Preview: The Hijacking of the 2010 Election

    09/27/2010 9:17:01 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 65 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Sept. 27, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    Through a combination of massive, Somali-driven voter fraud, stunning Election Board incompetence, and the willful blindness of the Kansas City Star, machine Democrat J.J. Rizzo managed to beat conservative Democrat Will Royster by one vote in a Missouri State House primary on August 3. There is no Republican running in this heavily Democratic, multi-ethnic Kansas City district. The Democratic nominee will face only a seriously outgunned Libertarian in the November election, and truth be told, Royster may be to the right of the Libertarian. What the Democratic machine and the Star, which endorsed Rizzo, did not count on was for...
  • California's first execution in five years delayed by legal issues (appeals court stops it)

    09/28/2010 10:49:35 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 28, 2010 | Carol J. Williams
    A federal appeals court in San Francisco late Monday ordered a trial judge to reconsider a ruling that allowed for a convicted murderer and rapist to be executed this week at San Quentin State Prison. Albert Greenwood Brown was scheduled to die at 9 p.m. Thursday for the 1980 killing of a 15-year-old Riverside girl. But the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel erred by offering Brown a choice of a one-drug lethal injection or a three-drug cocktail.
  • Supreme Court Justice Breyer Open to Banning Koran Burning

    09/14/2010 6:19:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 347 replies · 3+ views
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | Kristinn
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has expressed a willingness to ban protesters from burning the Koran as the modern day equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theater.The Supreme Court has ruled burning the American flag in protest is protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.Breyer spoke to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America today:But Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told me on "GMA" that he's not prepared to conclude that -- in the internet age -- the First Amendment condones Koran burning.“Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout 'fire' in a crowded theater,” Breyer...
  • Judge: Military's ban on gays is unconstitutional

    09/09/2010 6:56:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 117 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/9/10 | AP
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A federal judge in Southern California has declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips on Thursday granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military. Phillips says the policy doesn't help military readiness and instead has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services. The lawsuit was the biggest legal test of the law in recent years and came amid promises by President Barack Obama that he will work to repeal the policy.
  • Court won’t force state to defend Prop. 8

    09/02/2010 2:17:59 PM PDT · by South40 · 46 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 9/2/2010 | Martin Wisckol
    A California court has refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban, according to an Associated Press report. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento on Wednesday denied a conservative legal group’s request to force the officials to defend Proposition 8 in court. The court did not give a reason why it turned down the request by the Pacific Justice Institute.
  • Florida voters can’t strip down Obama health-care bill, judge rules

    09/01/2010 10:52:11 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 31 replies
    CSM-Yahoo! ^ | Warren Richey
    The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a ballot initiative that sought to amend the state’s constitution to establish that Florida residents have a right to refuse to purchase mandatory health insurance – including under President Obama’s reform effort. The state high court voted 5 to 2 to exclude the referendum issue from the November ballot. The action is a victory for supporters of the Obama health reform program and a setback for opponents, including state lawyers leading an effort in federal court in the Florida panhandle to have the national health insurance program declared unconstitutional. Florida was slated to...
  • DeLay trial will not be moved (will be in Austin)

    08/26/2010 2:41:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/25/2010
    AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, will be tried on money laundering charges in Austin, a Texas judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling came as part of pretrial hearings during which DeLay argued he should be tried in Houston, near his home, because the case involves election matters, the Austin American-Statesman reported. His attorney, Dick DeGuerin also argued DeLay could not get a fair trial in Travis County. "I know there's negative feeling about Tom DeLay -- and it's strong," Senior District Judge Pat Priest said, adding DeLay could get a fair trial nonetheless....
  • Obama's DOJ threatens Colleges over free Kindles. WTH?

    08/24/2010 12:51:41 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | august 3, 2010 | Byron York
    Why did feds claim Kindle violates civil rights? By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent August 3, 2010 _________________________________________________________ The Justice Department threatened several universities with legal action because they took part in an experimental program to allow students to use the Amazon Kindle for textbooks. (AP) Did you know the Justice Department threatened several universities with legal action because they took part in an experimental program to allow students to use the Amazon Kindle for textbooks? Last year, the schools -- among them Princeton, Arizona State and Case Western Reserve -- wanted to know if e-book readers would be more...
  • Hairdresser handed £390,000 in eccentric customer's will is told by judge to give the money back

    08/23/2010 1:54:57 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13th August 2010 | Claire Ellicott
    ...Eccentric siblings Ethel Willson and Mabel Cook, described as like 'peas in a pod', drew up a joint will in 1991 leaving their possessions to their family and friends. Mrs Cook died aged 83 in 1995, but in 2006 her younger sister dramatically changed the will, just two months before her own death aged 92, leaving all but £10,000 of the estate to their hairdresser Jill Fraser. Now a High Court judge has ruled that because the sisters had a mutual agreement before Mrs Cook died, the original will should be honoured. The mutual wills drawn up in 1991 carved...
  • U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearing erupts in shouting

    08/13/2010 12:35:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | August 13, 2010 | Mike M. Ahlers
    Washington (CNN) -- Members of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission shouted at each other Friday over the Justice Department's decision to drop most of the charges in a 2008 incident in which black militants confronted voters at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, polling place, leading to charges of voter intimidation. Conservative commission members accused the Justice Department of "stonewalling" the commission's investigation into the dismissal, and called a Justice Department's response to requests for information "breathtaking and insulting." A liberal commission member, in turn, dismissed those complaints as the "last gasps of a conservative majority of this commission." At the end of...
  • How to Stop the Tyrannical Judiciary

    08/12/2010 10:06:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | August 12, 2010 | Ben Shapiro
    Quick quiz: What do we call a system of government in which an unelected cadre of self-professed wise men make decisions for a nation of millions, all the while insulting those millions as ignoramuses? We used to call it tyranny. Now, apparently, we call it an "independent judiciary." At least that's the way the left sees it. The role of the judiciary in this country, according to liberals, is to act as a sort of super-Senate, qadis on the hill who decide based on whim and fancy how the rest of us should live. The American people are benighted morons;...
  • Judge Walker Lifts Stay on Prop 8 Ruling: Gay Marriage to Resume in California on August 18th

    08/12/2010 1:40:03 PM PDT · by detritus · 41 replies
    IndyPosted ^ | 8/12/10 | Dan Evon
    Judge Vaughn Walker has lifted the stay on his Proposition 8 ruling, which deemed a ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. Walker's ruling last week was ground breaking, but it still kept the ban on gay marriage intact, until Prop 8 was ruled on by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Walker has now removed the stay, and will allow for gays and lesbians to marry in the state of California. Walker said that he would lift the stay on August 18th. The LA Times reports that the temporary hold on gay marriage is to allow supporters of Prop 8...
  • Judge Says Gay Marriages Won't Resume In California Until Next Wednesday

    08/12/2010 12:44:17 PM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 138 replies
    SACRAMENTO - Judge Vaughn Walker has lifted a stay in order regarding last week's verdict that stated Proposition 8, California's law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.
  • 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.
  • Out Of Thin Air

    08/05/2010 5:40:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 5, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Same-Sex Marriage: A federal judge decides marriage is a constitutional right and overturns California's Proposition 8 forbidding such unions. The issue is headed to a Supreme Court that Elena Kagan will be sitting on. The imperial judiciary has struck again, with Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker striking down California's Proposition 8, passed in November 2008 with 52% of the vote, on the grounds that the voter-approved law was a violation of gay couples' civil rights. Walker's ruling follows a Massachusetts federal judge's ruling last month that the state's married gay couples, also established by judicial fiat, were being wrongly...
  • 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 judge’s ruling Wednesday in California — and a federal judge’s 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 Oklahoma’s Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, said California’s 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...
  • Address of Judge Susan Bolton --- and a letter to her

    07/28/2010 9:56:32 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 48 replies · 2+ views
    us courts ^ | 7-28-10 | dfu
    HONORABLE SUSAN R. BOLTON United States District Court Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse, Suite 522 401 West Washington Street, SPC 50 Phoenix, AZ 85003-2153 Judge Bolton, Today was a sad day for the future of our country. It was a sad day for the people of Arizona, for citizens and those good people who came here legally, waited their turn, followed the rules, and have added to the rich fabric of our society. Because of your decision today, those who should not be in our country will be breaking into houses. They will be mugging citizens. They will be selling...
  • What Judge Bolton’s Injunction Doesn’t Say (Judge determined to follow Obama's political strategy)

    U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton maintains the Obama administration’s carefully cultivated fiction: that what concerns the White House regarding S.B. 1070 is its effect on legal, rather than illegal, aliens. Almost nowhere in the government’s briefs or the judge’s ruling is the arrest and detention of illegal aliens addressed. This fiction is transparent, however. The real threat posed by S.B. 1070 was that it would disrupt the de facto amnesty that the executive branch has accorded to the vast majority of illegal aliens. It would start to implement congressional mandates and the public will that the immigration laws be enforced....
  • 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.
  • What Al Franken's Election Tells Us

    07/14/2010 11:28:55 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 46 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    For those who claim that vote fraud isn't a problem, Al Franken's election to the Senate demonstrates not only that vote fraud exists but also that it can alter elections and indeed the laws of the country. Murderers, rapists, and robbers may not be the people we want providing the crucial votes that determine what America's laws should be.
  • Portland police will investigate accusations that Al Gore groped woman (Investigation Re-Opened)

    06/30/2010 5:11:23 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 161 replies · 1+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | June 30, 2010 | Maxine Bernstein
    Portland police will investigate accusations that Al Gore groped woman Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 4:55 PM Updated: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 5:03 PM The Oregonian A Portland massage therapist accused former Vice President Al Gore of "unwanted sexual contact" at a hotel during an October 2006 visit, but no charges were filed due to lack of evidence, law officials said last week. Today, Portland police officials say they will reopen the investigation. Portland police announced today that it will re-open and investigate a Portland massage therapist’s allegations that former Vice President Al Gore sexually assaulted her at a downtown...
  • Portland Police Reopen Therapist's Complaint against Gore

    06/30/2010 8:40:38 PM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | June 30, 2010 | None
    (CNN) -- Police in Portland, Oregon, say they have reopened their investigation into a massage therapist's allegation that former Vice President Al Gore had "unwanted sexual contact" with her in 2006, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday. "The Portland Police Bureau has made the decision to reopen the case regarding the allegations brought forward against Mr. Al Gore," Detective Mary Wheat said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. "Consistent with our policy regarding open investigations, the Police Bureau will not be commenting on any additional specifics regarding this case at this time."
  • Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible

    06/29/2010 7:50:35 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 59 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 06/29/2010 | Byron York
    The allegation that Al Gore sexually assaulted a woman in a Portland, Ore., hotel room nearly four years ago has dealt a serious blow to the former vice president's story that he and wife Tipper simply "grew apart" after 40 years of marriage. The police report of the masseuse's complaint is 73 pages long and extremely detailed. According to the document, she got a call from the front desk of the trendy Hotel Lucia on the night of Oct. 24, 2006. The hotel had a special guest. Could she come at 10:30 p.m.?
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • All charges dropped against cop in fatal crash (Chicago cop, drunk killed two)

    06/04/2010 11:44:43 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 111 replies · 2,866+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 4, 2010 | Matt Walberg
    <p>With a judge's earlier ruling that Chicago Police Officer John Ardelean had been arrested and detained without probable cause, Cook County prosecutors today dropped all charges against him in a crash that killed two people.</p> <p>The 36-year-old officer was charged with drunken driving and reckless homicide after his SUV broadsided a car on Thanksgiving 2007.</p>
  • Islam indoctrination in U.S. textbooks

    06/03/2010 8:00:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 86 replies · 1,358+ views
    Renew America ^ | June 3, 2010 | Jen Shroder
    Today's textbooks indoctrinate our children into Islam and are backed by court rulings allowing teachers to REQUIRE our children to bow down and pray to Allah "in demonstration." As Obama's non-jihadists plot to "internally cleanse" America shouting "Allah-Akbar," many of our children have simultaneously taken the position on their hands and knees and recited, "In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of Creation, The Compassionate, the Merciful, King of Judgment day! You alone we worship, and to You alone we pray for help, Guide us to the straight path." Public outrage has caused...
  • Officer estimates enough for speeding convictions

    06/02/2010 11:25:23 AM PDT · by MissTed · 89 replies · 1,062+ views
    AP ^ | 6/2/10 | Staff
    Ohio's highest court has ruled that a person may be convicted of speeding purely if it looked to a police officer that the motorist was going too fast. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an officer's visual estimation of speed is enough to support a conviction if the officer is trained, certified by a training academy, and experienced in watching for speeders. The court's 5-1 decision says independent verification of a driver's speed is not necessary. The court upheld a lower court's ruling against a driver who challenged a speeding conviction that had been based on testimony from police...
  • [Mentally Ill] Sexually dangerous can be kept in prison, Supreme Court rules

    05/17/2010 12:33:30 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 60 replies · 1,126+ views
    The Toledo Blade ^ | May 17, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered “sexually dangerous” after their prison terms are complete. The high court reversed a lower court decision that said Congress overstepped its authority in allowing indefinite detentions of considered “sexually dangerous.” “The statute is a ’necessary and proper’ means of exercising the federal authority that permits Congress to create federal criminal laws, to punish their violation, to imprison violators, to provide appropriately for those imprisoned and to maintain the security of those who are not imprisoned by who may be affected by the federal imprisonment of...
  • A lab-tech wreck for the NYPD: 'Faked' tests send DAs scrambling

    05/11/2010 6:06:52 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies · 775+ views
    New York Post ^ | 05/11/10 | MURRAY WEISS and DAN MANGAN
    technician in the NYPD's forensics lab has been suspended for allegedly falsifying drug-test results, throwing into question "maybe thousands" of criminal cases -- and prompting a panicked meeting yesterday between cops and the city district attorneys. A Bronx drug trial was even abruptly halted last week because the longtime lab technician, Mariem Megalla, was supposed to testify in that case, sources told The Post. The NYPD last week sent out an emergency e-mail to the city's five DAs warning them about the evidence disaster and telling them to examine pending felony case files for evidence tested by her. In all...
  • 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 was–quite literally–a 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...
  • Daniel Kovarbasich is facing up to 10 years in prison (Gay Grooming victim could face 10 years)

    05/03/2010 8:02:47 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 39 replies · 1,325+ views ^ | April 30th, 201 | Brad Dicken
    ELYRIA — A county judge Thursday found 16-year-old Daniel Kovarbasich guilty of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in the Jan. 22 beating and stabbing death of Duane Hurley. Daniel, who was tried as an adult, could get up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year. Had be been convicted of the murder and felonious assault charges he originally faced, Daniel could have been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Daniel had taken the stand earlier in the day Thursday, telling Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge that he killed Hurley to avoid...
  • 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.
  • Divorce dilemma: Texas says gays can't get divorce

    04/20/2010 4:14:42 AM PDT · by Palter · 35 replies · 1,132+ views
    AP ^ | 20 April 2010 | JAMIE STENGLE
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  • Federal judge rules Day of Prayer unconstitutional

    04/15/2010 1:01:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 126 replies · 5,219+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/15/10
    Madison, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge in Wisconsin says the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb issued the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.