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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 16, 2012 Elections Shape Judicial Sentencing, Study Finds
QUOTE: Making sure to account for whether cases were resolved via plea bargain or trial, and the criminal history of defendants, the authors identified a 10% increase in sentence length from the start of a judge’s term to the election (or, for judges who ran opposed, to the filing deadline for running, several months earlier).
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Jul 19, 2012 It's legal: cops seize cell phone, impersonate owner: Court says sending texts using a seized iPhone doesn't violate privacy rights.
QUOTE: Mobile phones exist in a constitutional grey area. The law has well-developed doctrines protecting the privacy of our desktop computers, landline telephones, and filing cabinets. But modern cell phones perform all of these functions, and more. If the police are free to rummage through any cell phone that falls into their hands, every arrest would automatically give the police access to a treasure trove of private data that they would otherwise need a warrant, based on probable cause, to obtain.
Ars Technica May 09, 2012 North Carolina's ban on gay marriage sparks cheers, jeers
QUOTE: North Carolina voted Tuesday to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 06, 2011 Crystal Cox, Oregon Blogger, Isn't a Journalist, Concludes U.S. Court--Imposes $2.5 Million Judgement on Her
QUOTE: A U.S. District Court judge in Portland has drawn a line in the sand between "journalist" and "blogger." And for Crystal Cox, a woman on the latter end of that comparison, the distinction has cost her $2.5 million....was sued by investment firm Obsidian Finance Group in January for defamation, to the tune of $10 million...
Seattle Weekly Mar 27, 2011 The New Grave Robbers
QUOTE: This so-called descendible right of publicity has created a new kind of business: corporations that acquire and market dead people... Congress should step in and enact a federal right of publicity. In doing so, it should establish clear First Amendment protections and set forth a relatively short term for the right of publicity to survive death (perhaps 10 years). Most important, the law should provide a mechanism that allows people to opt out of marketing their identities after death.
New York Times Oct 31, 2008 Borderline Security RFID chips in U.S. passport cards and some driver's licenses are at risk of being counterfeited or tracked, researchers say.
QUOTE: The cards are issued with a protective sleeve intended to block unauthorized access, but the researchers found that Washington's cards could still be read through the sleeve. In addition, EPC tags can be disabled by sending a "kill" command to them. While the passport cards were protected from this attack...
Technology Review Jul 22, 2008 Democrats Deny Inquiry Into Gregoire's Gambling Pacts: Republicans say tribal campaign contributions may be linked to deal
QUOTE: Democratic leaders in the [Washington State] House and Senate have rejected Republicans' request for an inquiry into the connection between political contributions and tribal gambling compacts negotiated by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Jan 25, 2008 Emergency birth control bill tabled: Lawmakers will wait for courts to decide pharmacists' case
QUOTE: ...it would be unconstitutional to force pharmacists to fill "morning after" pill prescriptions if they have religious objections, [but] Advocates for [Senator Karen] Keiser's tabled bill say allowing pharmacists to choose which prescriptions they fill would allow too much discretion and may lead to AIDS patients being denied medication if druggists object to their lifestyle choices.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Dec 08, 2007 Efforts to Harvest Ocean’s Energy Open New Debate Front
QUOTE: It might seem a perfect solution in a region that has long been ahead of the national curve on alternative energy. Yet the debate over the potential damage — whether to the environment, the fishing industry or the stunning views of the Pacific — has become intense before the first megawatt has been transmitted to shore.
New York Times Nov 28, 2007 Clean energy vs. whales: how to choose? Northwest's dams are a source of clean energy. But scientists say they endanger salmon and orcas.
QUOTE: But thanks largely to hydropower operations on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, the region is relatively green in terms of climate-changing gas emissions compared with other parts of the US. How to reduce the effects, if not the risk, of global warming while also protecting endangered species is the problem.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 05, 2007 Mass transit plan makes waves in Seattle ecotopia: In one of the nation's greenest cities, a mass transit proposal has green voters divided.
QUOTE: But here, where global warming is universally accepted and residents like Anderson can quote numbers about the "carbon footprint" of the proposed light-rail system, there's no agreement about what's best for the earth. Or, for that matter, what's best for the millions of motorists routinely stuck in traffic on a notoriously convoluted freeway system.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 05, 2007 Ex-inmate sues over disfiguring infection: Prison delayed care, putting life at risk, man says
QUOTE: Charles Lee Manning, 60, contends the DOC and the medical staff at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen were negligent in treating an infection he contracted while he was an inmate there and violated his civil rights by not providing adequate medical care for his condition.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Oct 08, 2007 After son attacked, parents push back: They stand guard at school events, arrange safety plan
QUOTE: The Sheas were among several families who shared their stories with the Seattle P-I after the newspaper published a special report on school security. The report found that while a majority of incidents on Seattle school campuses were noted in Seattle Public Schools' security logs and police were notified if necessary, a number were mishandled or ignored -- including assaults, robberies and one alleged rape.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Oct 03, 2007 Scientists See Politics in Spotted Owl Plan
QUOTE: Six separate peer reviews, five of them funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, all suggest that the agency's revised plan downplayed the importance of protecting old-growth forest in the plan to manage a species that ranges from the Canadian border in Washington state to Northern California.
Washington Post Oct 01, 2007 Insurers fight law on punitive payouts
QUOTE: Insurance giants like Allstate, State Farm, Safeco and Farmers have poured more than $8 million into the referendum battle. Their goal is to convince voters to reject a law passed earlier this year that could force insurers to pay up to triple damages and lawyer fees if they fail to pay a legitimate claim and then lose in court.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 12, 2007 State recycling plan could be poison for other countries
QUOTE: A proposed state plan for recycling old electronics could lead to junk TVs and computers being sent overseas where their dismantling will poison the environment and sicken people, says a watchdog group.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sep 05, 2007 Ex-lab chief's work is under a microscope: Cases involving her testimony checked
QUOTE: Gordon is accused of repeatedly signing sworn statements saying that she personally tested an ethanol-water solution used to make sure alcohol breath-test machines work properly -- even though another scientist apparently did the work.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sep 04, 2007 Biggest waste producers in state get best fee deal: Hazardous materials program called unfair
QUOTE: Companies that make chemicals, oil, paint, paper and airplanes must pay a Hazardous Waste Planning Fee for the toxic substances that they pump into the air and water or send to landfills. But because the fee is capped, the top five producers pay less than $8 a ton for their dangerous waste, whereas companies producing smaller amounts can pay up to $250 a ton.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Aug 28, 2007 Sex-offender therapy is behind the times: Still hasn't proved it can stop offenders
QUOTE: Velez and Adhahn offer glimpses into the conflicted world of sex-offender therapy. Despite inconsistent research findings on the subject, sex-offender treatment is not only a fixture in criminal justice, but also a burgeoning field, with the number of certified therapists more than doubling statewide in the last 10 years.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Jan 11, 2007 Justices Hear Case on Right of Unions to Use Nonmembers' Dues
QUOTE: The Washington Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, said its freedoms would be endangered by a state law that would increase restrictions on the union's ability to use workers' money for political causes. On the other side are workers who do not join the union but under state law must pay dues anyway. They say their money should not be used for the union's election causes without their explicit approval.
Washington Post Sep 04, 2006 White House Fights Race-Based Admissions Policies
QUOTE: At issue are programs in Louisville and Seattle, which seek to ensure that the student bodies of public schools reflect the cities' ethnic composition. White parents have challenged the policies in court, arguing that their children were denied admission to their preferred schools because of race.
Washington Post Jul 27, 2006 Washington Court Upholds Ban on Gay Marriage
QUOTE: In an angrily divided 5-to-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court yesterday upheld a state law banning same-sex marriages...Opponents of same-sex marriage said yesterday’s decision demonstrated that the public and the courts remained opposed to altering the traditional definition of marriage.
New York Times Dec 21, 2005 Proposed Standards for Air Quality Criticized
QUOTE: The Bush administration proposed a modest tightening of federal air-quality standards yesterday for the first time in eight years, drawing protests from both public health and industry officials....fell short of what the EPA's scientific advisory board proposed earlier this year.
Washington Post Dec 13, 2005 Rights office finds little amiss: Few discrimination complaints in Seattle upheld
QUOTE: The [City of Seattle-- Ed.] civil rights office isn't an advocate but a fact-finding agency that enforces the laws and helps negotiate settlements in discrimination cases....The burden of proof is on the person who files the complaint.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Nov 30, 2005 Zeroing Out the Messenger: Idaho Senator Eliminates Funds for Center on Salmon Survival
QUOTE: The Fish Passage Center, with just 12 employees and a budget of $1.3 million, has been killed because it did not count fish in a way that suited Craig.
Washington Post Jun 28, 2005 State to watch Medicaid drug use
QUOTE: State Medicaid officials this summer will place a cap on the amounts and types of prescription narcotics and antidepressants that patients can receive...the proposed restrictions on antidepressants are drawing concerns from some physicians and mental-health advocates, who fear that psychiatric patients may face delays in getting their medication or may not get it at all.
Seattle Times Jun 29, 2004 How Baseball Does Business: Angelos, Selig Last Men Standing in D.C.'s Way
QUOTE: ...Selig plans to decide if the Expos will be moved to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia or one of five other areas. The decision will be the culmination of a process shrouded in secrecy and entirely consistent with Selig's highly personal management of Major League Baseball -- a style sanctioned by the sport's unique antitrust exemption.
Washington Post Nov 06, 2003 Green River Suspect Admits to 48 Murders
QUOTE: The courtroom was packed with relatives and friends of the victims. Many said they were angry at the plea bargain -- mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole -- because it allows Ridgway to live.
Washington Post Aug 06, 2003 European Regulators Press Microsoft
QUOTE: European regulators said today that they had gathered additional evidence to support anti-trust charges against Microsoft...
Los Angeles Times Jan 09, 2003 Toxic ammo is tested in fish areas: U.S. Navy Uses Depleted Uranium in Coast Waters; Activists May Go to Court
QUOTE: "No major studies apparently have been done on the effects of such weapons in the ocean. Where depleted uranium munitions have been used in combat on land, such as in Iraq during the Gulf War, or in tests on land, such as Vieques island in Puerto Rico, they not only give off relatively small amounts of radiation, but produce toxic dust that can enter the food chain."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Jul 12, 2002 Hanford Cleanup Plan Seen As Cutting Corners: Energy Department faulted for trying to 'move the goal line'
QUOTE: [A Department of Energy program] could allow the department to leave waste at Hanford by reclassifying it from high-level nuclear waste to a less dangerous rating.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Aug 21, 2001 The Voting Booth at the Kitchen Table
QUOTE: The serious flaws that plagued some states in the 2000 presidential election have led to a string of well-intentioned calls for creating national standards in federal elections...
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