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September 24, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Virginia put to death a 41-year-old woman Thursday night, the first execution of a female in the country in five years and the first in that state for nearly a century. The lethal-injection death of Teresa Lewis, convicted of the 2002 contract killing of her husband and stepson, broke with a tradition of societal "queasiness" about executing women, one legal expert said. It could also psychologically clear the way to carrying out death sentences on others among the 60 condemned women in the nation — including 18 in California, according to some capital punishment observers.
December 18, 2003 | From Associated Press
An Ohio law that bans a controversial late-term abortion procedure is constitutionally acceptable and the state can enforce it, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, 2 to 1, to reverse a lower court's ruling against the law, which had been challenged before it could take effect in August 2000. U.S.
June 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal appeals court rejected the state's attempt to ban a procedure that opponents call partial-birth abortion, ruling the law unconstitutional because it could also prohibit other abortion procedures. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the Michigan Legislature would have been "virtually guaranteed" a favorable result on appeal had it copied an Ohio law that the 6th Circuit already had upheld.
April 24, 1986 | Associated Press
The state said Wednesday it will appeal a federal judge's decision that struck down Ohio's law requiring doctors to notify parents or guardians of unmarried minors who seek an abortion. A notice of appeal will be filed within 30 days in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, said Robert Tenenbaum, an attorney for Ohio Atty. Gen. Anthony Celebrezze Jr. U.S.
October 1, 1996 | Associated Press
It's not a same-sex marriage, yet. But a judge issued a marriage license Monday to a man who plans a sex-change operation after he weds a lesbian. Since Ohio law specifies marriage as a partnership between a man and a woman, Lake County Probate Judge Fred V. Skok asked for a doctor's note specifying that Paul Smith of Willoughby still has male sex organs. Smith agreed to the request and got the license to marry Debi Easterday of Medina, said Smith's attorney.
May 7, 1985 | Associated Press
Alton Coleman, suspected of a half-dozen murders in a six-state crime spree, was sentenced to death Monday for the fatal beating of a woman. Coleman, 29, was convicted last week of the murder of Marlene Walters, 44, of suburban Norwood and the severe beating of her husband. The jury rejected claims by Coleman and his companion, Debra Brown, 22, both of Waukegan, Ill., that she was responsible for Walters' death. Brown faces sentencing May 14. Common Pleas Judge Richard Niehaus set a Sept.
October 16, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman convicted of forgery who believes she was imprisoned to prevent her from having an abortion said she has decided to carry the pregnancy to term. Yuriko Kawaguchi, 21, is close to the deadline under Ohio law for having an abortion. Her attorney, Linda Rocker, said she plans to sue Cuyahoga County Judge Patricia Cleary. Rocker said Cleary violated Kawaguchi's right to have an abortion by sentencing her to six months in prison when most forgers would receive probation.
September 30, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to life in prison for the mutilation slaying of a 5-year-old girl he was baby-sitting. Billy Joe Shafer, who pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, received the maximum sentence for the slaying of Sara Christine West. Under Ohio law, defendants under age 18 cannot be sentenced to death. He could become eligible for parole in 17 years. The victim's father, Kevin West, lunged at Shafer as he was being taken to jail in Zanesville, Ohio. "Life isn't enough.
November 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge in Toledo denied a request by third-party presidential candidates who wanted to force a recount of Ohio ballots before the official count was finished. Judge James G. Carr ruled that the candidates have a right under Ohio law to a recount, but said it could wait. The judge wrote that he saw no reason to interfere with the final stages of Ohio's electoral process. Officials have said the results will be certified by Dec. 6.
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