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Judge Blocks Use Of Graphic Warning Labels On Cigarette Packages

Filed under: Legal MattersBarack ObamaHealthAddictionSmoking

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Boo! Such a bummer!

We were SO happy to hear about the mandatory graphic warning labels that the FDA imposed for all tobacco companies to display on cigarette packages.

Unfortunately, we're sad to report that the tobacco industry may have successfully blocked the government's efforts to visually depict how damaging their product really is.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon blocked the federal requirement because he felt the pictures were not accurate portrayals of the effects from smoking and instead were designed to exploit the facts, explaining:

"It is abundantly clear from viewing these images that the emotional response they were crafted to induce is calculated to provoke the viewer to quit, or never to start smoking – an objective wholly apart from disseminating purely factual and uncontroversial information."

The images depicting the harmful effects of smoking were to cover at least 20% of the package, but Judge Leon felt the labels would amount to a "mini-billboard" for the agency's "obvious anti-smoking agenda."

The strict requirement, originally expected to be implemented next year, has now been blocked until the tobacco industry's lawsuit is resolved.

Basically, don't expect to see the controversial labels that are used in 43 other countries anytime soon in the US.

Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, urged the Obama administration to appeal the ruling, saying:

"Studies around the world and evidence presented to the FDA have repeatedly shown that large, graphic warnings, like those adopted by the FDA, are most effective at informing consumers about the health risks of smoking, discouraging children and other nonsmokers from starting to smoke, and motivating smokers to quit. Because of that evidence, at least 43 other countries now require large, graphic cigarette warnings."

It's such a shame that corporate greed has once again won in court. While the tobacco industry filed the lawsuit against the FDA's labels in an effort to save profits, the courts forgot that the labels were created to save lives.

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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!

[Image via WENN.]

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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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