Year: 2006

French lab rules out date-rape drug

Testifying over speaker phone at a hearing for Annapolis Midshipman Kenny Morrison who is accused of drugging and raping two women, also students at the Naval Academy, Pascal Kintz, director of the French laboratory ChemTox, said in a heavily accented

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Cheney to testify for Libby

Scooter Libby’s attorney Ted Wells, standing on the left at the podium next to Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, told Judge Reggie B. Walton “we’re calling the vice president”. Libby’s trial on charges of lying to the Grand Jury and obstruction

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Can Rumsfeld be sued for torture?

Deputy Assistant Attorney General C. Frederick Beckner III, representing outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, argued to Chief Judge Hogan that his client cannot be held legally responsible for the  torture of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan as plaintiffs’ lawyers,

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Use of race in school admissions argued in Supreme Court

Lawyer for Seattle parents, Harry J. F. Korrell, argues against the school district’s “open choice” policy aimed at overcoming the effects of the city’s segregated housing patterns on it’s high schools. Arguments were also heard in a similar case from

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Heated debate

The Supreme Court yesterday considered for the first time the issue of global warming and the EPA’s role in regulating greenhouse gases. The case, Massachusetts, et al. v. EPA, brought by twelve states, three cities and several environmental groups seeks

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Extreme amends

  In an effort to atone for past wrongs William Beebe e-mailed a woman he had date raped twenty years ago at a University of Virginia fraternity party. The victim, however, was not satisfied with an apology and took the

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Abortion arguments

The Supreme Court today heard arguments in two cases challenging the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.  

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Another Naval Academy rape case

In July Annapolis midshipman and star quarterback Lamar Owens was aquitted of rape charges by a court-martial.  Today another Naval Academy middie, and football team member, faced accusations by two women who testified at his Article 32 hearing. Midshipman Kenny

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Tobacco case goes up in smoke

A case before the Supreme Court that was expected to be a major test of the constitutionality of punitive damage awards, Philip Morris v. Williams, instead fizzled out as the issue narrowed to the meaning of a jury instruction that

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Safavian sentenced

Safavian’s voice cracked and his wife wept as he asked for leniency, but Judge Paul L. Friedman showed little sympathy as he sentenced him to 18 months in prison for obstruction of justice.  

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