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  • Oklahoma executions on hold as US Supreme Court reviews sedative's use in lethal injections

    Executions are on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state cannot perform executions using a specific drug while the justices consider a challenge over whether the sedative ensures prisoners won't suffer. Both the state...
  • Jan. 29 Letters: Judge selections, underwater power lines

    Not best option for the bench Re: "Lots of changes underway in judgeships," Jan. 25. According to the article, current Newport News General District Court Judge Gary A. Mills is front runner to replace departing Circuit Court Judge H. Vincent Conway...
  • Kadner: Plan B in Springfield needs to be a miracle

    Kadner: Plan B in Springfield needs to be a miracle
    So what happens if the Illinois Supreme Court strikes down the pension reform deal passed by the legislature? Is there a Plan B? “Not that I’m aware of,” said Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. “...
  • Representation not equal for all [Letter]

    I don't usually agree with statements made by Commissioner Richard Rothschild, but I do agree with his comments that the Supreme Court's decision in Reynolds v. Sims (1964) damaged the functioning of a bicameral legislature by allowing increased urban...
  • If judges can't join the Boy Scouts, what about the Mormon Church?

    To the editor: California's Supreme Court unanimously decreed that state judges will no longer be allowed to affiliate with the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization's discrimination against gay and lesbian adults in leadership roles. ("...
  • Supreme Court vacancies stir debate over replacements

    Supreme Court vacancies stir debate over replacements
    Nearly a year before voters choose new justices to join the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a debate has emerged in legal and political circles over the wisdom and necessity of temporarily filling the court's two empty seats. Gov. Tom Wolf has the authority...
  • Man who made Facebook postings about mass murder wins appeal

    Man who made Facebook postings about mass murder wins appeal
    An appeals court threw out the harassment conviction Wednesday of an Iowa man who posted disturbing messages and photos about mass murder on Facebook. Jonathan Elphic of Hampton didn't admit to facts that supported his February 2014 guilty plea to...
  • Huckabee and Lincoln agree, and they're both wrong

    Huckabee and Lincoln agree, and they're both wrong
    Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Fox News commentator who’s thinking of running for president in 2016, is no Abraham Lincoln. But recent comments for which Huckabee is being ridiculed could have come from the mouth of the Great...
  • Court ruled in favor of liberty and against censorship

    Court ruled in favor of liberty and against censorship
    Phil Latzman, in his Jan. 21 column "Should Out-of-State Rich Guys Decide Our Elections?" castigates the Supreme Court for its Citizens United decision. As so often happens with such criticism, there is no discussion of the underlying case. Citizens...
  • Players in painkillers' lawsuit ask appellate court to review dismissal of original claims

    Lawyers representing 1,300 former NFL players filed notice Tuesday that they plan to appeal a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that teams damaged the players' health by routinely — and often illegally — dispensing painkillers....
  • Georgia inmate put to death after Supreme Court denies stay

    Georgia inmate put to death after Supreme Court denies stay
    Warren Lee Hill, a Georgia inmate with a mild intellectual disability, was executed Tuesday evening after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case. Hill, who has a reputed IQ of 70, received a lethal injection of pentobarbital shortly after 7...
  • Mormon Church's shift on gay rights follows series of defeats in California

    Mormon Church's shift on gay rights follows series of defeats in California
    The pledge Tuesday by the Mormon Church to oppose housing and job discrimination against gays follows years of piercing church losses in California over gay rights, including one last week. The church opposed a new rule to bar California judges from...