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But Judge Emmet G. Sullivan appeared somewhat skeptical. He asked why the campaign initiated legal actions against the website in 2007, during Mr. Obama’s first campaign for president, but didn’t follow up until 2011. A lawyer said the campaign was focused on other things.

A lawyer for’s owner, Washington Promotions & Printing Inc., argued that many companies are selling similar merchandise and that the Obama campaign hurt its arguments by delaying action.

Both sides will return to court Monday afternoon.


Web page with old voter identification info still exists

HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania government Web page that carries outdated information on voters’ photo ID requirements apparently lives on in cyberspace, although state elections officials say the webpage no longer links to it.

A Department of State spokesman said Monday he wasn’t sure if the page itself could be eliminated from the Web.

Pennsylvania’s 4-month-old voter ID law requires people to have specific photo IDs to ensure their ballots are counted in November.

The law is being challenged in court as unconstitutional. Every Democratic lawmaker voted against it, and many decried House Republican leader Mike Turzai’s recent claim that it’ll enable Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania in November’s presidential election.

State officials say 91 percent of Pennsylvania’s 8.2 million registered voters have state-issued IDs, not the 99 percent previously claimed.


Ex-governor gets probation for campaign payment

ST. LOUIS — Roger Wilson, a Missouri Democrat who was elevated to the governor’s job after the plane crash that killed Gov. Mel Carnahan, was sentenced Monday to two years of probation for misusing money to make political donations.

Wilson, 63, of Columbia, pleaded guilty in April to one count of misappropriation of funds from an insurer, the same day his federal indictment was announced. He admitted that he improperly steered $8,000 to the state Democratic Party in 2009 while serving as CEO of Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co., a state-created workers’ compensation firm.

Wilson could have received up to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. Chief Magistrate Judge Mary Ann L. Medler cited Wilson’s otherwise exemplary record in nearly a quarter-century of public service in opting not to require jail time. She also cited many letters of support for Wilson.