April 19, 2008
After three days in which Pope Benedict XVI has persistently addressed the scandal of child sexual abuse by priests, a top Vatican official said yesterday that the church is considering changes to the canon laws that govern how it handles such cases. The official, Cardinal William J. Levada, would not specify which canons were under reconsideration. But he suggested that they related to the church's statute of limitations, saying that his office has frequently had to judge allegations from years ago because the victims "don't feel personally able to come forward until" until they are more mature.
June 3, 2007
Pay bias ruling puts profit before people Led by President Bush's latest appointee, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., the Supreme Court last week tore the heart out of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as far as pay discrimination is concerned ("Limit on pay-bias lawsuits upheld," May 30). Justice Alito took the lead in the 5-4 ruling that found an employee who believes he or she has been discriminated against in pay based on gender, race, skin color, national origin or religion must file his or her charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 days of the pay being set or be forever barred from seeking redress in the federal courts.
June 14, 2006
A federal judge has blocked prosecutors from trying to prove that Columbia-based W.R. Grace & Co. and seven top officials knowingly endangered residents of Libby, Mont., through the release of asbestos at its mining operations there. Judge Donald Molloy of the U.S. District Court in Missoula, Mont., said prosecutors in the criminal case could not pursue the allegation as part of a conspiracy charge because the five-year statute of limitations has run out. In his decision dated June 8, Molloy wrote that the government's allegation that Grace officials had failed to tell regulators about the extent of the contamination during the five-year period was not the same as an "overt act" to knowingly endanger people.
January 14, 2006
STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Supreme Court unanimously upheld Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction yesterday, more than 30 years after a killing that sparked decades of intrigue. Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in 2002 of bludgeoning his neighbor, Martha Moxley, to death with a golf club in 1975 in wealthy Greenwich. Skakel, who along with the victim was 15 at the time, is serving 20 years to life in prison. He appealed his conviction to the Connecticut Supreme Court last year, arguing among other things that the statute of limitations had expired when he was charged in 2000.
January 15, 2005
HARTFORD, Conn. - The lawyer for Kennedy family member Michael Skakel argued to the state Supreme Court yesterday that a five-year statute of limitations in place when 15-year-old Martha Moxley was bludgeoned to death in 1975 should have barred his prosecution a quarter-century later. "Michael Skakel should never have been charged in 2000. Michael Skakel should never have been tried and convicted in 2002, and Michael Skakel should never have been incarcerated for two-and-a-half years," Hope Seeley argued to the five-member panel.
November 21, 2004
I had a new home built four years ago. Unfortunately, the flashing for the windows was poorly done and rain can easily make its way underneath the siding. Over the years, and unknown to me, my house has been rotting. The problem became apparent only when I had water leaking into my basement. A handyman removed some siding, and the rot was so bad at points, that insulation could be seen sticking through the rotted fiberboard. The handyman has located other parts of the house that will need to be repaired.