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May 21, 2012
Marriage is a choice that two people make, and the legal system shouldn't be a third party to the decision. Making same-sex marriage illegal is akin to criminalizing a black person's marriage to a white person or an American's right to marry a Mexican. The law has no business in the personal choice of who to marry. An American should have the right to marry the person of their choice. I am disgusted by the self-righteous, pious church-going Americans who want to "protect the sanctity of marriage" by forbidding gay people the right to marry.
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NEWS
May 3, 2012
Dan Rodricks ' recent column ("Pit bulls: Own them at your risk," May 1) represents the stereotyping, discriminatory and Nazi-like bias against a single breed of dogs. Maybe he should do his own research instead of standing blindly behind one legal ruling. Nothing is ever black and white and especially when it comes to our legal system. Yes, pit bulls are strong animals and have a history of being abused in fighting rings because they are also loyal animals who will do anything for their owners.
NEWS
May 1, 2012
I was very disappointed with Dan Rodricks ' column on pit bulls ("Pit bulls: Own them at your risk," May 1). Here are some facts. •All large dogs are potentially dangerous. They have large jaws and muscles that have the inherent possibly to doing people harm. •Any animal that is subject to abuse is potentially dangerous. •If not abused, or trained to be violent, pit bulls are no more potentially dangerous than any other big dog. Notions of mythic pit bull "lock jaw" have been scientifically debunked, and before their recently role as public enemy No. 1 they were family pets in England.
NEWS
March 27, 2012
John Merzbacher was sentenced to four life sentences for the horrific rape of a young girl ("Supreme Court decisions renew interest in petition fighting convicted child rapist's release," March 22). The recent Supreme Court ruling does not offer an automatic end to his sentence because of insufficient legal counsel about a plea agreement. State and local officials must consider the seriousness of his crimes and keep him in prison. Beyond the rapes of which he was found guilty, there are many untold stories about the vast extent of his abuse of young people.
NEWS
December 21, 2011
Thanks for the fascinating article about the Bradley Foundations financed by donations originating from the Koch and Scaife billions ("The right's $350 million idea train," Dec. 18). Too bad this wealth cannot be devoted to good works like alleviating poverty, ignorance and disease, as the Rockefeller and Carnegie fortunes did in the past and Gates, Buffet and Soros families are doing at present. Instead, the Bradley Foundation is acting as a "malefactor of great wealth," as Teddy Roosevelt famously put it, to peddle its extreme right-wing ideology.
NEWS
By Richard A. Clarke | November 13, 2011
In the wake of Sept. 11, there were many over-reactions. As a result of some of them, our hard-won constitutional rights were eroded. There were also attempts to gain partisan political advantage by claiming to be tougher on terror than the other guy. Unfortunately, some of that kind of dangerous over-reaction and game playing is still happening. A phony problem has been manufactured, and the solution created to solve it would damage all of our rights and undermine our legal system.
NEWS
By Leigh Goodmark | October 20, 2011
After learning that Topeka, Kan., District Attorney Chad Taylor planned to stop prosecuting misdemeanor domestic violence cases in response to county budget cuts, the Topeka City Council this month repealed its misdemeanor domestic violence statute - effectively decriminalizing some domestic violence offenses in Topeka. Abuse survivor Claudine Dombrowski responded to the city's action by hurling a pair of dice at the City Council, arguing that they were rolling the dice with women's lives.
NEWS
September 27, 2011
The recent Sun editorial regarding Baltimore's housing commissioner ("Graziano must go," Sept. 25) demonstrates the editorial board's failure to understand the legal processes and the law involved concerning the payment of claims and judgments involving injuries purported and proven to be caused by human lead paint ingestion. The editorial initially states that the commissioner "is brazenly defying the courts" by not paying these judgments. It is up to the judgment holders' attorneys to utilize judgment collection methods available to them against this government agency, which should not be too difficult.
NEWS
June 29, 2011
A delusional progressive mindset has polluted the American legal system ( "ICE raid suit alleges gang death threat" June 26). For the ACLU to claim illegal immigrants have constitutional rights on the taxpayers dime goes beyond ridiculous. For the American University to voluntarily bastardize our legal system by promoting this behavior through its own "school of law" is not only beyond ridiculous but wholeheartedly un-American. To claim an illegal has constitutional rights protecting their desire to live in this nation is entirely contradictory to the legal immigration process and only serves to deprive legal citizens of opportunity.
NEWS
June 2, 2011
Detectives Tyrone Francis and Milton Smith are a disgrace to the Baltimore Police Department ("Police misconduct sentences," June 2). These men have gotten off without any real punishment solely because they are police officers. If any working class citizen had taken two boys and dropped them off far from their homes, without a doubt they would face serious jail time. Not only have they disgraced themselves, but they have shown what Baltimore policemen "do for fun. " Without a doubt, these men should have faced serious jail time for their horrific acts against these two 15-year-old boys.
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