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- The witchhunt against climate scientist Michael Mann strikes out again in court. Mann was originally targeted by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) who sought access to his private emails and other documents. After Cuccinelli’s effort failed, a conservative think tank sought them as well, and a court rejected that effort this week.
- The deadline for Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) to withdraw from his U.S. Senate race should he choose to do so is less than a week away.
- A federal appeals court struck down Montana’s non-partisan judicial election system, meaning that parties will now be able to endorse candidates.
- The ACLU challenged a Utah town’s ordinance requiring “any individual or group wishing to stage a demonstration, hand out literature or engage in other forms of public expression to seek a municipal permit establishing an approved ‘free-speech’ zone for that activity.”
- An Ohio inmate’s attorney says that his client cannot be executed using the normal procedure for executions because the drugs would merely torture his 486-pound client.