CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1999
California's law requiring candidates to identify themselves in mailings to voters is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Friday. With apparent reluctance, the 4th District Court of Appeal said the law violates the historic right to speak and write anonymously. The California law had been upheld in 1994 by the state Supreme Court, which found that it was justified by "the state's interest in a well-informed electorate." In Friday's 2-1 ruling, the appeals court cited a 1995 U.S.
April 20, 2014 |
Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't in danger of imminent prosecution? Only the second question will be argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it is inextricably linked to the first one. If the court rules that the Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, may not challenge Ohio's criminalization of false political speech, that law and similar ones in other states will remain on the books.
October 26, 2000 |
Atlanta Brave third baseman Chipper Jones is upset over what he calls racially motivated criticism from former teammate David Justice. Jones, who acknowledged publicly in 1998 that he had fathered a child out of wedlock, signed a six-year, $90-million contract extension in August. Justice, now with the New York Yankees three years after the Braves traded him away, told Atlanta radio station WQXI-AM that the Braves "look the opposite way on certain guys."
August 9, 2006 |
The leading Republican candidate to replace Rep. Bob Ney on the November ballot may be ineligible, party officials said Tuesday, complicating GOP efforts to assure a smooth transition for the fall campaign. "As far as I know, I have a green light," state Sen. Joy Padgett said as party lawyers reviewed an Ohio law that barred politicians who lose one primary from entering another one during the same year.
August 3, 2006 |
The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out the death sentence of the first woman condemned since the state resumed executions in 1999. The court unanimously ruled that the trial judge had allowed a prosecutor to be involved in preparing his opinion in sentencing Donna M. Roberts, 62, in violation of Ohio law. The court let Roberts' murder conviction stand but ordered the trial court to resentence her. The death sentence remains an option, the Supreme Court said.
December 17, 2004 |
The Ohio Supreme Court's chief justice on Thursday threw out a challenge to the state's presidential election results. A lawyer for the voters bringing the case said he would refile the challenge. Chief Justice Thomas Moyer ruled that the request improperly challenged two separate election results. Ohio law allows only one race to be challenged in a single complaint, he said. The challenge was backed by the Rev.
August 2, 1990 |
A federal magistrate has ruled that the city official fired by Philip Hawkey for mismanaging Toledo's housing program is entitled to a name-clearing hearing. But U.S. District Court Magistrate James Carr also determined that Bernard (Pete) Culp was not fired from his job as commissioner of renewal operations because of his race, nor was he protected under the Civic Service Commission, two of the main arguments Culp had pressed against the city.
November 18, 2004 |
Election officials in one Ohio county found that about 2,600 ballots cast in the presidential election were double-counted, and two other counties had discovered possible cases of people voting twice. Prosecutors sought to determine Wednesday whether charges should be filed against a Madison County couple accused of voting twice. In addition, Summit County election workers investigated possible double votes found under 18 names.