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October 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
Rep. Donald E. Lukens (R-Ohio) resigned from Congress today to avoid facing a second sexual misconduct allegation. "Effective immediately, for the good of the Congress and the integrity of the institution, I resign my seat in the U.S. House of Representatives," Lukens said in a letter to Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste that was read on the floor of the House. Lukens resigned two days after being accused of making sexual advances to a House elevator operator who said he fondled her.
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 | By The Times editorial board
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 | From Associated Press
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."
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.
August 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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 | From the Associated Press
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.
November 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
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