Judge’s nondisclosure taints gay nuptials case
SAN FRANCISCO | The sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage ban said Monday that the recent disclosure by the federal judge who struck down Proposition 8 that he is in a long-term relationship with another man has given them new grounds to have his historic ruling overturned.
Lawyers for the ban’s backers filed a motion in San Francisco’s U.S. District Court, arguing that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker should have removed himself from the case or at least disclosed his relationship status because his “impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”
They are now asking the judge who inherited the case when Judge Walker retired at the end of February to vacate Judge Walker’s August 2010 decision.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals already is reviewing the legal merits of Judge Walker’s ruling at the request of Proposition 8’s proponents.
Blacks more willing to spend all for cancer care
ATLANTA | Blacks and other minorities with cancer are more likely than whites to say they would spend everything they have on aggressive treatments that might prolong their lives, a study found.
Researchers don’t know why this is so and didn’t ask, but some think it may reflect differences in beliefs about miracles, distrust of doctors among minorities, and a misunderstanding of just how ugly and painful end-of-life care can be.
About 80 percent of blacks said they were willing to use up all their money to extend their lives, compared with 72 percent of Asians, 69 percent of Hispanics and 54 percent of whites.
The findings, published online Tuesday by the journal Cancer, were based on telephone surveys of more than 4,100 people newly diagnosed with lung and colon cancer. About 17 percent of the colon cancer patients and 31 percent of the lung cancer patients were in the most advanced stages of their disease.
Four more charged in 2008 Mumbai attack
CHICAGO | Federal prosecutors in Chicago have charged four Pakistani men in connection with the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people, including six Americans.