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April 21, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
AVELLA, Pa. - About two years ago, Dr. Amy Pare began treating members of the Moten family and their neighbors from a working-class neighborhood less than half a mile from a natural gas well here. A plastic surgeon whose specialty includes skin cancer, Pare removed and biopsied quarter-size skin lesions from Jeannie Moten, 53, and her niece, only to find that the sores recurred. "The good news is that it wasn't cancer, and the bad news is that we have no idea what it is," Pare said.
June 12, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Trayvon Martin's parents appeared before a task force in Florida on Tuesday to denounce the way the state's controversial "stand your ground" law can be used to protect aggressors. Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton believe that's what happened in the case of their son, who was unarmed when he was shot and killed in February by a neighborhood watch volunteer. "They need to amend these laws," Fulton said, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which was covering the task force hearing.
January 21, 2000
Re "Unofficially He's a Good Citizen; Legally He's Out," Dec. 17: Columnist Dana Parsons doesn't seem to understand the reasons why we should obey the law. Yes, Walter Hernandez was a good citizen. So was Sara Jane Olson. But they were both breaking the law. It is true that Hernandez didn't try to blow up any police patrol cars, but he was breaking the law. He should not have done so. Now he will get a new chance. Most illegal immigrants are good "citizens" who don't do anything more than work and go to school.
April 30, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Attorneys on Thursday filed the first lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a new Arizona law that makes it a state crime to lack proper immigration papers and requires local police to determine whether people are in the country legally. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders sued in U.S. District Court, arguing that the law is an unconstitutional intrusion into the federal government's ability to regulate immigration and that it would lead to racial profiling.
December 6, 1992
"A Question of Conviction" was frightening. As a longtime supporter of capital punishment, I could have found it easy to change my position. Perhaps a law should be enacted to provide that anyone whose actions--or lack of action--result in the conviction and execution of a person who turns out to have been innocent be subject to similar execution. WARREN F. JONES Glendale
June 26, 1985
Your editorial (June 13), "Following the Law," justified the murder-case reversals by the California Supreme Court, using the argument that the rules must be followed. As evidenced by the fact that the court had to reverse previous interpretations of the law by experienced judges on a lower level, the rules that you allude to are not as clear-cut as you would have us believe. For that matter, even the great philosopher Plato had difficulty defining the concept of justice itself. The four cases cited in your editorial were not all unanimous decisions, and, as usual, the justices aligned themselves as to their respective positions on the death penalty.
June 5, 2007
Re "Life vs. the law," editorial, May 31 The Times' editorial board reveals itself as the judicial-activist adherent I'd long suspected it was. But much worse, as a loather of language. Irrespective of the merits of this particular law, "180 days" means 180 days. Imprecision in language and communication is a regrettable reality, not something to be championed in service of a perceived social benefit. And your apparent disdain that "Congress is left to act" speaks volumes. Wasn't there something about the distinction between enacting and interpreting law?
June 19, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown indicated that he would support protecting public access to government records in a constitutional amendment to be voted on next fall, but still supports temporarily weakening the law that ensures public access to official documents. Brown's comments, which came in a statement released Wednesday evening, capped a wild day at the state Capitol, which had lawmakers scrambling to cope with the fallout of last week's vote to water down the law.  At Brown's urging, both houses approved a measure making local compliance with part of the state's public records laws optional.
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