- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Commandments judge runs again

MONTGOMERY | Alabama’s Ten Commandments judge is running for governor again.

Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, 62, announced Monday he is running as a Republican.

Mr. Moore’s campaign Web site went up Monday morning, inviting supporters to sign a pledge to help elect him governor.

He ran unsuccessfully for the office in 2006.

When he was a circuit judge, Mr. Moore waged a court battle to display a homemade plaque of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.

Later, as chief justice, he placed a granite monument of the Ten Commandments in the lobby of the state judicial building. He refused to remove it, in defiance of a federal judge’s order, which cost him his office in 2003.


Military recruiter killed in shooting

LITTLE ROCK | A new soldier helping to attract others to the military was fatally shot outside an Army recruiting office Monday, and a second soldier was wounded. Police arrested a suspect and confiscated an assault rifle.

A man inside a black vehicle pulled up outside the Army-Navy recruiting office in west Little Rock and opened fire about 10:30 a.m., police spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings said.

The two soldiers were outside the office when they were shot. They were taken to a hospital, where one died.

The vehicle was stopped on Interstate 630 a short time later, and the suspect was taken into custody. Lt. Hastings said the suspect surrendered without incident. Police found the assault rifle in the vehicle.

Lt. Hastings said he did not know whether the recruiting office was specifically targeted or randomly chosen. Authorities did not identify the victims or the suspect.


Polly Klaas killer stays on death row

SAN FRANCISCO | The California high court has upheld the death sentence of the man convicted of kidnapping and killing 12-year-old Polly Klaas in 1993.

Richard Allen Davis argued that his jailhouse confession was illegal because it was given without an attorney present.

But the California Supreme Court unanimously said Monday that police can ignore a suspect’s rights to counsel if they think someone’s life is in jeopardy. The Petaluma police still hoped Polly was alive during Davis’ jailhouse confession.

Davis was a repeat offender with a record going back to the 1970s.

The Klaas case prompted voters to pass the state’s three-strikes law, which requires harsh prison sentences for repeat offenders.


Swine flu found in all 50 states

ATLANTA | Cases of the new H1N1 flu virus have been found in all 50 U.S. states, and tests have confirmed the virus in more than 10,000 people across the country, U.S. officials said Monday.

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the confirmed tests represent about one in 20 of the actual number of infections, which would bring the total number of U.S. cases to about 200,000.

California health officials reported the state’s first two deaths from the swine flu virus, bringing the nationwide total to 19 fatalities.

The virus has been diagnosed in 17,564 people in 64 countries, killing 115, according to the World Health Organization.

It was found this week in patients in Bulgaria, Vietnam and Jamaica.


New judge takes cop Peterson’s case

JOLIET | Attorneys on both sides have accepted yet another judge to preside over former Illinois cop Drew Peterson’s murder case.

Chief Judge Gerald Kinney granted a defense request Monday to replace Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes. The case will now be handled by Judge Stephen White.

It was only last month that Judge Alessio-Policandriotes was named to replace another judge, that time at the prosecutor’s request. Shortly afterward, she refused to reduce the defendant’s $20 million bail.

Mr. Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

The former officer in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook pleaded not guilty. He has been named a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, missing since 2007.


Lawsuit: Book not OK’d by Salinger

NEW YORK | Author J.D. Salinger has sued an anonymous author whose new book has been described as a sequel to Mr. Salinger’s famous work, “The Catcher in the Rye.”

Lawyers for Mr. Salinger filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan Monday.

The lawsuit seeks to force a recall of what it says is a copycat book titled “60 Years Later” by someone writing under the name John David California. It also seeks unspecified damages.


Judges: No Bible at show-and-tell

PHILADELPHIA | A kindergartner’s mother cannot read Scripture during show-and-tell, even if the Bible is the boy’s favorite book, a U.S. court said.

Monday’s ruling is a victory for the Marple Newtown School District. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the school’s decision does not violate First Amendment rights given the nonpublic nature of the classroom and the tender age of the children.

The mother, Donna Kay Busch, argued that the students heard stories related to Passover, Christmas and other religious holidays.

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