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Dec 21, 2013 When the Right to Bear Arms Includes the Mentally Ill

QUOTE: a central, unresolved issue in the debate over balancing public safety and the Second Amendment right to bear arms: just how powerless law enforcement can be when it comes to keeping firearms out of the hands of people who are mentally ill. Connecticut’s law giving the police broad leeway to seize and hold guns for up to a year is actually relatively strict. Most states simply adhere to the federal standard, banning gun possession only after someone is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility or designated as mentally ill or incompetent after a court proceeding or other formal legal process....A systematic review of these cases — from cities and counties in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee — underscores how easy it is for people with serious mental health problems to have guns.

New York Times
Oct 19, 2013 High School Sexual Assault Case Is Revisited, Haunting Missouri Town

QUOTE: Ever since The Kansas City Star ran a long article last Sunday raising new questions about the Nodaway County prosecutor’s decision to drop charges against a 17-year-old football player accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, the simplicity of small-town life here has been complicated by a storm of negative attention.

New York Times
Jan 03, 2011 Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions

QUOTE: Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and some cases — mostly in states with Republican governors and Republican statehouse majorities — officials are seeking more far-reaching, structural changes that would weaken the bargaining power and political influence of unions, including private sector ones.

New York Times
Sep 19, 2009 Is a second execution attempt cruel and unusual?

QUOTE: The aborted execution [of Romell Broom in Ohio] has renewed concerns about lethal injection, and raises the question of whether a second execution attempt would violate the 8th Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 01, 2009 Court to Hear Case on Inmate’s Retardation

ABSTRACT: .... prosecutors in Ohio... new opportunity to prove that a death row inmate there was not retarded... was eligible to be executed.

New York Times
May 13, 2008 A Usually Legal Practice That Wears Black Eyes

QUOTE: The [Clinton] campaign paid her and seven other members of her family $100 to $200 each to knock on doors, deliver fliers and get voters to the polls for the Democratic primary on March 4, which Mrs. Clinton narrowly won...The payments, known in the political vernacular as “street money,” are a legal but controversial tool that Mrs. Clinton employed at a time when she was desperately seeking a victory after losing 10 consecutive contests to Mr. Obama.

New York Times
Mar 13, 2008 Advertising: When a Corporate Donation Raises Protests

QUOTE: The coalition, which includes the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, several pediatricians and Parents for Ethical Marketing, is asking the hospital to reconsider the decision made in June 2006 to accept the donation [from Abercrombie & Fitch}...“It is troubling that a children’s hospital would name its emergency room after a company that routinely relies on highly sexualized marketing to target teens and preteens,” the members of the coalition wrote...

New York Times
Jan 29, 2008 Looking Anew at Campaign Cash and Elected Judges

QUOTE: Vernon Valentine Palmer, a law professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, could not understand how justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court could routinely hear cases involving people who had given them campaign contributions. It seemed to him a raw and simple conflict of interest.

New York Times
Jan 28, 2008 Huge Lawsuit Could Change Handling of the Dead

QUOTE: [A new law suit] argues that the next of kin, not the state, should make decisions on how to dispose of organs no longer needed for testing, and that denial of such a right violates the Constitution's promise of due process.

Washington Post
Nov 08, 2007 Ohio Goes After Charter Schools That Are Failing

QUOTE: Behind the Ohio charter failures are systemic weaknesses that include loopholes in oversight, a law allowing 70 government and private agencies to authorize new charters, and financial incentives that encourage sponsors to let schools stay open.

New York Times
Oct 02, 2007 Town torn over 'confession' by accused killer arsonist, 10

QUOTE: While police have said the boy confessed to setting the blaze, his supporters say he gave in under three days of questioning.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 09, 2006 Mother Tries to Unadopt, Citing Boy's Troubled Past: Mother Says Caseworkers Failed to Disclose Child's Stormy History

QUOTE: taking the highly unusual step of trying to unadopt him....[The adoptive mother--Ed.] said she did not know he had lived in five foster homes since he was 16 months old. Nor that his alcohol- and drug-addicted biological parents had physically abused him...

Washington Post
Oct 01, 2006 Campaign Cash Mirrors a High Court’s Rulings

QUOTE: Thirty-nine states elect judges, and 30 states are holding elections for seats on their highest courts this year. Spending in these races is skyrocketing, with some judges raising $2 million or more for a single campaign. As the amounts rise, questions about whether money is polluting the independence of the judiciary are being fiercely debated across the nation. And nowhere is the battle for judicial seats more ferocious than in Ohio.

New York Times
Sep 13, 2006 Secretary of State hopefuls square off: Pair differs on election being fair, accurate

QUOTE: Ohio's fractured elections system has caused voters to lose faith in the fairness and accuracy of election results.

Port Clinton News Herald (Ohio)
Sep 12, 2006 Fairness of Lorain police probe questioned (The Plain Dealer)

QUOTE: A more neutral party should be appointed to investigate allegations against Lorain police officers, legal experts say.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Aug 18, 2006 Side Effects: Heart Procedure Is Off the Charts in an Ohio City

QUOTE: But some outside experts say they are concerned that Elyria is an example, albeit an extreme one, of how medical decisions in this country can be influenced by financial incentives and professional training more than by solid evidence of what works best for a particular patient.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2006 Teenagers to serve time - after football: Kenton athletes caused wreck that seriously injured 2 others; judge delays 60-day sentences

QUOTE: Two teenagers who pulled a stunt last winter that left a man physically disabled and his friend brain-damaged will each spend 60 days in juvenile detention, but not before they finish the upcoming high-school football season.

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
Jul 10, 2006 Voter registration issues cloud elections

QUOTE: A relatively obscure area of election law has sparked a flurry of lawsuits over who gets to register new voters and how they perform the task...Advocates of tighter rules say they're trying to prevent election fraud. Critics contend the rules could be used to disenfranchise voters who might make a difference.

May 03, 2006 Hill Impasse Spurs State Action on Immigration

QUOTE: For the most part, the new state measures are designed to get tough on illegal immigrants, on employers who give them jobs and on state officials who give them benefits...At the same time, though, some states are moving in the other direction -- making life easier for immigrants, legal or otherwise.

Washington Post
Nov 13, 2005 You Can't Have a Great Election Without Any Races

QUOTE: By any political measure, the 2006 battle for control of the House of Representatives should be a dramatic contest...But no need to hold your breath to find out the outcome of this epic struggle. The reason: The electoral system is rigged.

Washington Post
Oct 23, 2005 Who Should Redistrict?

QUOTE: many of the complaints about elections would really disappear simply by taking the redistricting process out of the hands of elected officials? Houston says districts should be compact and competitive, but in California, like-minded people tend to cluster.

New York Times
Oct 03, 2005 Half the Size, Twice the Man

QUOTE: ...a starter on punt coverage and a kid, yes, born without legs.... And now they were telling him he couldn't play without shoes?

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Nov 02, 2004 G.O.P. in Ohio Can Challenge Voters at Polls

QUOTE: a Federal appeals court ruled early Tuesday morning that the Republican Party could place thousands of people inside polling places to challenge the eligibility of voters, a blow to Democrats who argued those challengers will intimidate minority voters.

New York Times
Oct 26, 2004 Partisan Suspicions Run High in Swing States: Democrats say the GOP aims to disenfranchise the poor and minorities. Republicans counter with claims of voter registration fraud.

QUOTE: ...the extraordinarily rancorous and mistrustful atmosphere that pervades battleground states in the final days of the presidential campaign....Democrats and Republicans seem convinced their opponents are bent on stealing the election.

Los Angeles Times
Sep 20, 2004 Voter Probes Raise Partisan Suspicions: Democrats, Allies See Politics Affecting Justice Department's Anti-Fraud Efforts

QUOTE: [Democrats--Ed.] charge that announcing criminal investigations within weeks of an election -- as was done in New Mexico on Sept. 7 -- is likely to scare legitimate voters away from the polls.

Washington Post
Oct 19, 2003 Right to an Attorney Comes at a Price: Minnesota Law Requiring Fees for Public Defenders Is Challenged

QUOTE: Minnesota is one of a growing number of states facing enormous budget deficits that are beginning to charge indigents for their constitutional right to legal representation.

Washington Post
Jul 23, 2002 Debate Over Whether to Defend Animal Tests

QUOTE: To study why drug abusers seem to succumb more quickly to AIDS, Dr. Podell infected cats with the feline AIDS virus, gave them methamphetamines and put them to death, making a target of himself and Ohio State.

New York Times
Jun 18, 2002 Court Strikes Down Curb on Visits by Jehovah's Witnesses

QUOTE: People have the right to go door to door to advocate for religious, political or other noncommercial causes without first getting the government's permission...

New York Times
May 12, 2002 Utility Buys Town It Choked, Lock, Stock and Blue Plume

QUOTE: Two years after the Environmental Protection Agency accused the plant's owner, American Electric Power, of violating the Clean Air Act...[AEP] is solving at least some of its problems by buying the town...

New York Times
Dec 18, 2001 In Cleveland, Empty Bottles and Hollow Leadership

QUOTE: [Carmen] Policy stopped short of totally condemning the guilty parties, which you would think should be in order since the people throwing projectiles were guilty of criminal behavior.

Washington Post
Oct 29, 2001 Mosque Leader's Past Returns to Haunt Him: Jews Describe Overtures as 'Trojan Horse'

QUOTE: Publicly, mosque leaders stay on message: Islam is peace, and we are Americans....But contradictory statements have leaked out and blurred the distinctions.

Washington Post
Sep 28, 2001 Police Back Judge's Ruling

QUOTE: ...acquitted of two misdemeanor charges stemming from the April shooting death of Timothy Thomas, an unarmed African-American man...

Cincinnati Enquirer
Sep 26, 2001 Supreme Court Agrees to Look At Vouchers

QUOTE: ...justices announced that they would rule on the constitutionality of a publicly financed Ohio program that helps thousands of parents in Cleveland pay their children's tuition at religious schools.

New York Times
Sep 09, 2001 A City Tries to Turn Candor Into Consensus

QUOTE: deep racial divide laid bare in civil rights protests and running violence on the streets [of Cincinnati]...."identity-based conflict," in which clashing groups are heard out in detail and taught to seek mutual goals from common grievances.

New York Times
May 05, 2001 U.S. Charges Colorful Ohio Congressman With Taking Bribes

QUOTE: Representative James A. Traficant Jr., a colorful and blustery Ohio Democrat who was stripped of his committee assignments earlier this year after he voted for a Republican for House speaker, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland today on 10 charges of bribery, racketeering, obstruction of justice and income tax evasion.

New York Times
Dec 22, 2000 Student Failure Causes States to Retool Testing Programs

QUOTE: Rocked by two straight years of widespread failure (88 percent of the sophomores failed the math test the previous spring, in a pilot run), state education officials have concluded that the test is too hard and have absolved any class graduating before 2004, at the earliest, of having to pass it. In retrenching on that test, and on a writing exam where scores were only marginally better, Arizona, too, has company...

New York Times
Jan 01, 1111 Reading The Fine Print: Unhappy Consumers Not Necessarily Bound To Arbitration

QUOTE: because arbitration provisions generally appear as “fine print” in preprinted standardized forms offered to consumers on a “take-it-or-leave-it” basis, they may be scrutinized by courts and in some cases invalidated.