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U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp on Wednesday gave attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund two weeks to submit briefs explaining why their suits belong in federal court.

The move delays any ruling about whether to block the city of Fremont’s voter-approved ban. But it still won’t go into effect this week. The city council has temporarily suspended the ordinance until the lawsuits are resolved.

Some in Fremont say the ordinance makes up for what they call lax federal law enforcement. Others argue it could fuel discrimination.


Man set leg on fire with crack pipe

LAS CRUCES | A New Mexico man who investigators say set his prosthetic leg on fire with a pocketed crack pipe has been arrested.

Deputies say they found 47-year-old Randy Malone naked along U.S. 70 with his prosthetic right leg in flames July 5. He was treated for burns to his leg, back and buttocks.

A witness later told authorities he agreed to give Mr. Malone a ride into Las Cruces, but dropped him off after the passenger lit a crack pipe inside the vehicle.

Dona Ana County deputies arrested Mr. Malone on Sunday at his home after the man’s brothers tipped investigators. Mr. Malone was being sought on a warrant for making a false report.


No cover-up charges sought for governor

ALBANY | New York Gov. David A. Paterson will not face criminal charges for calling a woman who later dropped domestic violence charges against a top aide, though the aide could still face prosecution, according to an investigative report issued Wednesday.

Retired Judge Judith Kaye, asked by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to examine Mr. Paterson’s role in the assault case, said the Democratic governor’s actions did not constitute witness tampering.

However, she criticized him for failing to inquire about what actually happened that night beyond the account of his friend and aide David Johnson, and she wrote that he also didn’t try to confirm a report that an order of protection was issued. After the confrontation between Mr. Johnson and his then-girlfriend Sherr-una Booker on Oct. 31 in the Bronx, Mr. Paterson called Miss Booker and endorsed a press statement that said the incident was not violent.

“It is hard to reconcile this conduct with the governor’s expressed commitment to the cause of domestic violence prevention,” Judge Kaye wrote. Her investigation found no interference by State Police, including a trooper who contacted the woman, into the criminal investigation by New York City police.

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