- - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Hearing set on original Prop 8 judge

SAN FRANCISCO | A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on whether a ruling that struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban should be thrown out because its author is in a same-sex relationship.

Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware’s order, issued Wednesday, said he was fast-tracking the motion involving his retired predecessor, former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, with a June 13 hearing date.

Lawyers for the sponsors of the voter-approved gay-marriage ban have asked Judge Ware to vacate Judge Walker’s decision overturning Proposition 8 as a violation of gay Californian’s civil rights.

Judge Walker disclosed this month that he has a male partner of 10 years, but said he never considered removing himself from the case.

COLORADO

DNA evidence led to mall bomb suspect

DENVER | DNA evidence taken from a homemade bomb at a Colorado shopping mall led investigators to identify the suspect as a convicted bank robber released from prison just a week before the device was found, according to a newly released court document.

The criminal complaint made public Wednesday said DNA evidence from the bomb matched the DNA profile of Earl Albert Moore, 65, in a national database.

Moore was arrested Tuesday after being spotted drinking coffee at a supermarket Starbucks in Boulder. He’s being held on suspicion of leaving a pipe bomb and two small, camp-stove-style propane tanks at the Southwest Plaza Mall in the south Denver suburbs on April 20.

CONNECTICUT

Homeless mom: Not guilty in school enrollment case

NORWALK | A homeless single mother who lives in her van pleaded not guilty Wednesday to stealing nearly $16,000 worth of education for her son by enrolling the kindergartner in her baby-sitter’s school district.

Tanya McDowell, 33, was arraigned in Norwalk, where she was arrested April 14 on felony charges of committing and attempting to commit first-degree larceny.

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