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Yes! Motion To Vacate Prop 8 Ruling Over Judge's Sexuality Denied!

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Now we're talking here! Progress! Yes!

This morning, Prop 8 proponents' Motion to Vacate Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that Prop 8 was "unconstitutional" was DENIED!

A federal judge in San Francisco sided with Judge Walker and ruled that he had the ability to impartially decide on the case despite the fact the he himself is gay. U.S. District Court Judge James Ware insisted:

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Wesley Snipes Attempts To Appeal His Jail Sentence AGAIN!

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We imagine that this will go about as well as his last one!

Wesley Snipes is supposed to immediately start his jail sentence for willful failure to file income tax returns, but is once again asking a federal judge to allow him to remain free on bail while he attempts to appeal his three convictions - for the SECOND time!

The actor's lawyers argued:

"Mr. Snipes has honored the court's trust before, during trial, as well as pending sentencing and appeal. There is no reason to change the court's judgment now. His ongoing and successful projects in the movie industry further ensure he would not consider fleeing. Mr. Snipes has made several substantial payments. His tax filings are now current and he has sought from third parties and turned over to IRS all financial information the agency requested from past years."

U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges, who revoked the actor's bail last week, has ordered ordered prosecutors to respond to the actor's motion by next week.

Yeesh! What a mess!

Perhaps the second time's a charm!

…but most likely not!

Actions have consequences, bb!

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Countdown Is On, T.I.!

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In 11 days, either T.I. is back in jail or he presents one hell of a story to keep him out of it!

The date is set for the rapper's probation revocation hearing. On October 15th, a federal judge will decided the fate of T.I.'s probation following being busted last month for felony possession of sizzurp a controlled substance.

If we've learned anything the past year about the judicial system, it's that the leniency for celebs is in short supply! We'd get ready to be sporting orange again real soon, T.I.!

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Arizona Appeals Immigration Law Ruling!!!

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Two steps forward, one step back. What is wrong with people?

Yesterday, a morally in tuned judge ruled that parts of Arizona's new Immigration law would be put on hold for further review, including the section requiring officials to check a resident's immigration status when enforcing other laws if there's a reasonable suspicion the person is in the United States illegally.

We were thrilled by the news, as were many others who have been fiercely protesting this law, which is basically legalizing racial profiling!

Yeah, well, the dishonorable Governor of Arizona isn't happy with this decision to hold back and has filed an appeal to lift the preliminary injunction so that the ENTIRE law can take effect…and like, NOW!

How about, instead of that, you just BACK THE EFF OFF?!?!

Ugh! This whole thing is so super frustrating! We can't stand seeing such blatant inequality being tolerated!

Boo on you, Arizona!

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Victory! Judge Blocks Controversial Parts Of Arizona Immigration Law!

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Success in the system!

This morning, a federal judge delivered happy news to those who opposed Arizona's new immigration law. The jude blocked controversial provisions to the law, such as the sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

The law will still go into affect on Thursday, but U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that those sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the "issues."

The ruling came just in time as Arizona police were already making last-minute preparations to begin enforcement of the law.

Phew! See what persistence can do!

A much needed step in the right direction!

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Die Hard Director Pleads Guilty! Facing A Year In Prison From Wiretapping Case!


Tisk, tisk, sir!

John McTiernan, the director of Die Hard, is in some serious trouble with the law after telling lies to authorities of the FBI regarding a wiretapping case!

McTiernan apparently payed private detective Anthony Pellicano to conduct an illegal wiretap on producer Charles Roven. Pellicano was investigated in 2008, and has already been sentenced to 15 years behind bars. McTiernan is now being slapped with two charges - making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and perjury for lying to a federal judge - that could land him a year in prison!

His lawyer, however, believes the FBI ambushed him, and states:

"We continue to believe that the charges against him were developed in an unfair way. The FBI should not be in the business of ambushing citizens with surprise phone calls in which they ask 'questions' for which they already know the answers."

Sounds pretty fair to us - especially if he were involved in some illegal bullshiz!

It seems nobody wants to take responsibility for their actions these days!


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Equality For All! Federal Judge To Make Decision Regarding Proposition 8!

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Let's all keep our fingers crossed!

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has heard both arguments from the opposing views, and now will be determining whether or not Proposition 8, the ban placed on gay marriage in California, is actually constitutional!

Attorneys Andy Pugno and Charles Cooper are defending the legality of Proposition 8, and Pugno writes:

"Historic marriage has its roots in pairing a man to a woman and has served as the foundation of the family and society as a whole. To change the definition of marriage… would result in such a profound change to the structure and public meaning of marriage as to severely damage society, possibly beyond repair."

AKA bullshiz!

Meanwhile, former Republican Solicitor General Ted Olsen and David Boies have represented the plaintiffs, and argue that Proposition 8 is "the result of disapproval or animus against a politically unpopular group" and represents "a backlash that stripped gays and lesbians of the rights previously conferred upon them by the California Supreme Court…and violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."


Judge Walker isn't expected to make his decision for another few weeks, but regardless of the outcome, the ruling is expected to be appealed all the way through the system until it reaches the U.S. Supreme Court!

It's time for a change, people! Equal rights FOR ALL!

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