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December 7, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Can a couple obtain a divorce if, in the eyes of the state, they were never married? That is the issue sent Wednesday to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, in the case of two Rhode Island women who traveled to Massachusetts to marry in May 2004 during a brief period when out-of-state, same-sex couples could wed there. Shortly afterward, Massachusetts Gov.
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December 7, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Can a couple obtain a divorce if, in the eyes of the state, they were never married? That is the issue sent Wednesday to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, in the case of two Rhode Island women who traveled to Massachusetts to marry in May 2004 during a brief period when out-of-state, same-sex couples could wed there. Shortly afterward, Massachusetts Gov.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1988
The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out child molestation charges against drifter David Collins, who was convicted of kidnaping a California teen-ager and taking him on a two-year trip across the country. Collins was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1986 on charges that he kidnaped Bobby Smith Jr. of Long Beach and molested him during the odyssey that ended in Rhode Island.
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July 18, 1992 | Associated Press
The Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned a woman's murder conviction Friday, ruling that "battered woman's syndrome" may have caused her to take the blame. The court ordered a new trial for Ann McMaugh, reversing a lower court ruling that rejected the battered woman's defense. "Today we acknowledge that this court does recognize that battered woman's syndrome is a mental or an emotional condition that can affect women and that it does have certain legal consequences," Justice Donald Shea wrote.
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July 18, 1992 | Associated Press
The Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned a woman's murder conviction Friday, ruling that "battered woman's syndrome" may have caused her to take the blame. The court ordered a new trial for Ann McMaugh, reversing a lower court ruling that rejected the battered woman's defense. "Today we acknowledge that this court does recognize that battered woman's syndrome is a mental or an emotional condition that can affect women and that it does have certain legal consequences," Justice Donald Shea wrote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1986 | United Press International
Judge Thomas Fay was sworn in as state Supreme Court chief justice Tuesday to replace Joseph Bevilacqua, who resigned amid a scandal and impeachment probe. Fay, 45, was elected the state's 56th chief justice by the Legislature to replace Bevilacqua, who resigned May 28 during a House impeachment probe that delved into his ties with reputed mobsters and questionable personal dealings.
NEWS
September 14, 1985 | From United Press International
Striking teachers in Pawtucket, R. I., on Friday defied a judge's back-to-work order as walkouts in five other states dragged on, disrupting classes for 109,000 students nationwide. The job actions affected 43,500 students in Washington state, 34,000 in Michigan, 18,000 in Pennsylvania, 8,500 in Rhode Island, 3,100 in Illinois and 2,000 in Ohio. Nearly all of the 600 striking teachers in Pawtucket defied the court order, forcing the cancellation of classes for an eighth day.
OPINION
December 10, 2006
Re "Rhode Island courts face new frontier: gay divorce," Dec. 7 I found the legal argument in this case interesting: "We are not asking the state of Rhode Island to recognize same-sex marriage. We are asking the state to recognize same-sex divorce." Can one dissolve something that doesn't exist? What if the court decides that it can go ahead and dissolve a same-sex couple's marriage and later, as it happens from time to time, they reconcile and file a stipulation to set aside the divorce judgment.
OPINION
August 23, 2013 | By James R. Copland
As if California and its municipalities were not already making life difficult for businesses and taxpayers, the Golden State's courts could pile on too. On July 15, a trial began in San Jose, in which seven California counties (Santa Clara, Alameda, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Mateo, Solano and Ventura) and three cities (Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco) are suing five companies that once manufactured paint containing lead. The lawsuit alleges that these companies' sale of lead-based paint created a "public nuisance" and that such companies should pay the municipalities a total of $1.4 billion for the cost of "abating" the problem - in essence, to support government-led efforts to find and replace all lead paint from older buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1988
The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out child molestation charges against drifter David Collins, who was convicted of kidnaping a California teen-ager and taking him on a two-year trip across the country. Collins was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1986 on charges that he kidnaped Bobby Smith Jr. of Long Beach and molested him during the odyssey that ended in Rhode Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1986 | United Press International
Judge Thomas Fay was sworn in as state Supreme Court chief justice Tuesday to replace Joseph Bevilacqua, who resigned amid a scandal and impeachment probe. Fay, 45, was elected the state's 56th chief justice by the Legislature to replace Bevilacqua, who resigned May 28 during a House impeachment probe that delved into his ties with reputed mobsters and questionable personal dealings.
NEWS
September 14, 1985 | From United Press International
Striking teachers in Pawtucket, R. I., on Friday defied a judge's back-to-work order as walkouts in five other states dragged on, disrupting classes for 109,000 students nationwide. The job actions affected 43,500 students in Washington state, 34,000 in Michigan, 18,000 in Pennsylvania, 8,500 in Rhode Island, 3,100 in Illinois and 2,000 in Ohio. Nearly all of the 600 striking teachers in Pawtucket defied the court order, forcing the cancellation of classes for an eighth day.
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