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The New York Times | Kansas' Death Penalty Law Is Declared Unconstitutional
The Kansas Supreme Court struck down the state's death penalty law. However, the court didn't rule that the death penalty itself was unconstitutional, there may be new rules.
Before the law was struck down, there were 2 phases to capital trials: once the defendant is convicted, juries consider aggravating and mitigating factors. And if 2 sets were found, it automatically required death penalty...
Perhaps a small victory for death penalty opponents: at least the new law will be more "fair and balanced".
Reuters | Taiwan says China forming legal basis to attack
China is planning to draft an anti-secession law: even though the Vice President of Taiwan admits this has nothing to do with Taiwan since China doesn't have any legal right to the island, there's thoughts that this is a warning to the rest of the world against supporting the independence of Taiwan and that this would serve as a legal basis to invade Taiwan.
No matter what the result is of the deliberation of this draft law, this battle won't be over any time soon...
MSNBC | ISP awarded $1 billion in anti-spam lawsuit
A federal judge in Iowa awarded a small Internet Service Provider more than $1 billion for being spammed up to 10 million e-mails per day. 3 defendants were charged under the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act: even though this award is the biggest, it would be unlikely they'll ever get to collect it...
National Post | Ontario to toughen tobacco laws
Ontario's provincial government will introduce a new anti-smoking legislation which would ban smoking in public places and workplaces. Also, it would ban "in-store" cigarette displays. Since that would leave no space for tobacco advertisements, wouldn't that effectively ban cigarettes? It is very likely this legislation would be challenged since measures taken by other provinces are being challenged.
MSNBC | Google wins in trademark lawsuit
US District Judge rejected a claim by Geico Corp (auto insurance company whose company mascot is a gecko, causing apparent confusion) that the "Sponsored Links" displayed next to users search results don't cause confusion for consumers.
MSNBC | Lawsuit against military 'don't ask' policy
Twelve gays expelled from the military filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Pentagon's "dont ask, don't tell" policy. It was instituted by the Clinton administration and it has been challenged numerous times before. However, some believe that there's a better chance now since the Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that state laws making gay sex a crime were unconstitutional...
MSNBC | Officer can be fired for making sex video
First Amendment doesn't protect police officers who sell videotapes of themselves stripping off uniforms according to the Supreme Court of the United States. Employee speech has not been clearly protected, unlike flag-burning and white supremacist groups.
CBC News | Manitoba law takes aim at spoils of crime
According to a new law to be proclaimed by the Manitoba government, people who are suspected of belonging to criminal organizations must prove their innocence to get their seized property back.
And if they can't, the government will sell off the property and use the money to help crime victims. Many believe the law will be challenged because it violates the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty... However, that right is not without limits so we will see if people in criminal organizations can be treated differently.
MSNBC | Judge denies longer tripsfor Hinckley
A federal judge denied Hinckey's request to unsupervised several-day visits outside the mental hospital. However, he authorized Hinckley to continue short overnight visits to his parents. For those of you who didn't take "Law & Psychiatry", Hinckley tried to assassinate Reagan in order to impress Jodie Foster. He was acquitted in 1982 by reason of insanity and has spent his life since then in a mental hospital.
Reuters | Signs of compromise emerge in Ukraine
Maybe the latest election wouldn't lead to a civil war. Both candidates in the highly contested election are offering ways out of their feud and they seem to agree another election would be a good legal wholesome way to solve the problem...
MSNBC | Texas mom held for severing baby's arms
Another Texas case... this time, the woman has cut off arms of her nearly 11-month-old daughter. She had been cleared by the Child Protective Services as posing no risk to her children. Police have charged her with capital murder.
The Globe and Mail | Fox News coming to Canada
CRTC approved Fox News and it will be available early 2005 to digital subscribers. I really can't wait for someone to bring a lawsuit challenging Fox News about its misrepresentative "Fair and Balanced" claim!
The Globe and Mail | Tougher Challenge than creditors
The Montreal-based airline that is loved by everybody, especially the shareholders, is thinking about fighting Ottawa's unfair and costly bilingualism demands. Air Canada is complaining that it is the only airline that must comply with the Official Languages Act, and they want other airlines to be subject to the same rules, or relax the rules. Since Air Canada is no longer a Crown Corporation, it should be subject to the same rules as the other private carriers.
MSNBC | U.N. abandons idea of anti-cloning treaty
U.N. was unable to create a worldwide anti-cloning treaty: 2 main camps, one led by United States, wanted to ban all human cloning and the other, led by European countries, wanted to ban reproductive cloning while allowing cloning for research. Now, it is more likely that there would be a less powerful document that won't have global effect...