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Judge Says Gay Marriage in New Jersey Can Begin in Two Weeks – NYTimes.com

New Jersey moves closer to fairness and justice for all,  as its leadership speaks from the bench.   According to today’s NY Times NJ gay couples will be able to legally consecrate their loving bond and achieve a measure of long awaited equality under the law.

“A New Jersey judge on Thursday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to start in two weeks, dismissing the state’s request to prevent the weddings until after a legal appeal of the court decision allowing them is completed.

“There is no ‘public interest’ in depriving a class of New Jersey residents their constitutional rights while appellate review is pursued,” wrote Judge Mary C. Jacobson of State Superior Court in Mercer County, who also wrote the decision last month that ordered the state to allow same-sex marriages. “On the contrary, granting a stay would simply allow the State to…”

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Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Killing of Trayvon Martin – NYTimes.com

Florida justice on trial as the nation watches the justification of profiling and following that led to a senseless killing.

“George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, was found not guilty late Saturday night of second-degree murder. He was also acquitted of manslaughter …”

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Pussy Riot: Two go down, one goes free | The Economist

EKATERINA SAMUTSEVICH (pictured above) walked out of court in Moscow today a free woman. But her colleagues from the punk collective Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, also sentenced to two years in prison in August for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” are still behind bars. Before today’s appeal hearing few had hoped the three judges would do anything except uphold the sentence. The Russian justice system is a steam roller that …

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U.S. Plans No Disciplinary Charges in Strike That Killed 24 Pakistanis – NYTimes.com

The United States military has decided that no service members will face disciplinary charges for their involvement in a NATO airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, an accident that plunged …

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Iran Raid Seen as Complex Task for Israeli Military – NYTimes.com

Should Israel decide to launch a strike on Iran, its pilots would have to fly more than 1,000 miles across unfriendly airspace, refuel in the air en route, fight off Iran’s …

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More Concealed Guns, and Some Are in the Wrong Hands – NYTimes.com

Alan Simons was enjoying a Sunday morning bicycle ride with his family in Asheville, N.C., two years ago when a man in a sport utility vehicle suddenly pulled alongside him and started berating him for …

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Legal Education Reform – NYTimes.com

American legal education is in crisis. The economic downturn has left many recent law graduates saddled with crushing student loans and bleak job prospects. The law schools have been targets of …

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International Court Faces Key Test on Libyan Captives – NYTimes.com

The brewing conflict over the fate of two high-ranking Libyan figures — Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, once Libya’s heir apparent, and Abdullah Senussi, the former intelligence chief — is not only a test for the …

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Texting-while-driving laws are unclear, inconsistent, and spottily enforced. Here’s how to fix them. – Slate Magazine

Texting-while-driving laws are unclear, inconsistent, and spottily enforced. Here’s how to fix them.

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