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Nevada pot regulators back in court as supplies dwindle

Nevada’s marijuana regulators are headed back to court in a turf battle with liquor wholesalers over exclusive rights to distribute pot products to the state’s new recreational retailers. Nevada’s Taxation Department says the protracted legal fight has created a delivery bottleneck that’s undermining an otherwise robust marijuana industry and the state revenue that comes with it. Legal sales started with a bang July 1. But Tax Director Deonne Contine (kahn-TEEN’) says the tiny distribution network’s inability to keep pace with demand is forcing up prices and sending buyers back to the black market. She says it’s also jeopardizing worker safety at dispensaries forced to stockpile supplies and huge amounts of cash to accommodate erratic deliveries. A Carson City judge plans to hear her request Thursday to lift the latest injunction blocking licenses for anyone other than alcohol distributors. Source: Legal News Post Nevada pot regulators back in court as supplies dwindle

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Court file: Michigan girl who killed toddler heard voices

Court documents say an 8-year-old girl accused of killing a toddler at a home daycare in western Michigan earlier this year suffers from “serious mental health” issues, including hearing a demon’s voice. The Department of Health and Human Services filed a petition in Muskegon County Family Court saying the girl, who was also cared for at the home daycare, killed 14-month-old Korey Landon Brown on April 14. The petition filed last month asks the court to make the girl a temporary ward of the state and to make a decision regarding the girl’s placement that protects her brother and other children. The petition says the best placement is Hawthorn Center, a state-run residential psychiatric facility in Northville for children and adolescents. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat tells MLive the petition was the result of an investigation conducted by multiple agencies. Korey’s mother said that when she went to the daycare to take her children home, she found the boy unresponsive in a playpen and covered with bite marks. His death was ruled a homicide due to multiple injuries, including trauma to his head, other blunt force trauma and possible asphyxiation, according to the petition. Source: Legal News Post Court file: Michigan girl who killed toddler heard voices

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Kentucky governor, attorney general clash before high court

Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general warned the state’s highest court on Friday that the accreditation of the state’s public colleges and universities would be at risk if they don’t take his side against the Republican governor. But an attorney for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin called Andy Beshear’s argument “poppycock.” He told the justices they should dismiss Beshear’s lawsuit and vacate a lower court’s judgment that the governor broke the law when he abolished the University of Louisville’s board and replaced its trustees with an executive order last year. What was supposed to have been a 30-minute hearing stretched more than an hour in a courtroom packed with political aides from both parties as two of Kentucky’s top politicians faced off before the Supreme Court for the second time in a year. Ultimately, Bevin got his wish for a new board at the university after the legislature convened and the Republican majority approved his choices under a new law. That’s why a ruling from the Kentucky Supreme Court in this case likely won’t affect the new board. But Beshear is asking the court to declare Bevin’s original order illegal and to prevent him from doing it again. If he’s successful, it would be his second legal victory against Bevin and would be likely fodder for a potential campaign for governor in 2019. If Bevin wins, it would bolster the governor’s argument that Beshear has wasted time filing frivolous lawsuits against him. Bevin replaced the board because he said the university needed a “fresh start” after a series of scandals and because the board violated state law by not having proportionate representation of racial minorities and political parties. In issuing his executive order, Bevin relied on a state law, KRS 12.028 , that lets the governor make temporary changes when the legislature is not in session. The legislature then reviews those changes when they reconvene. If they don’t act on them, the changes expire. Source: Legal News Post Kentucky governor, attorney general clash before high court

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Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case

A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski’s victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director.   Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski must return to California if he expects to resolve the charges. The Oscar winner fled the country on the eve of sentencing in 1978. Gordon’s ruling follows a request by Samantha Geimer to end the legal proceedings. The ruling was issued on Polanski’s 84th birthday and blamed the director for the fact that the case was still alive. “Her statement is dramatic evidence of the long-lasting and traumatic effect these crimes, and defendant’s refusal to obey court orders and appear for sentencing, is having on her life,” Gordon wrote. Harland Braun, Polanski’s attorney, said the ruling came after the judge asked for proposals on how to resolve the case. Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with Geimer when she was 13. She has said he drugged, raped and sodomized her. Source: Legal News Post Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case

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DJ says taking Taylor Swift to court was only option

The former radio host who lost a groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift in federal court this week said he realizes the case was in the pop star’s favor, but he had no interest in backing down. David Mueller told The Associated Press on Tuesday that someone he knew suggested he pull out of the case early, but he refused. “I knew that I couldn’t go on with my life without representing myself,” he said. “I’m never going to back down.” A six-woman, two-man jury determined Monday that Mueller groped Swift during a photo op before a concert in Denver in 2013. In keeping with Swift’s request, they awarded her $1 in damages — an amount her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, called “a single symbolic dollar, the value of which is immeasurable to all women in this situation.” Mueller said he is thinking of giving Swift a Sacagawea dollar because the Native American is a prominent female. “I mean if this is all about women’s rights. … It’s a little poke at them, a little bit,” he said. “I mean, I think they made this into a publicity stunt, and this is my life.” Swift’s team initially tried to keep the accusation quiet by not reporting the incident to police, and instead contacting Mueller’s bosses. But it became public when Mueller sued Swift for up to $3 million, claiming her allegation cost him his $150,000-a-year job at country station KYGO-FM, where he was a morning host. After Mueller sued, Swift countersued for assault and battery. During an hour of testimony last week, she blasted a low-key characterization by Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, of what happened. While Mueller testified he never grabbed Swift, she insisted she was groped. Source: Legal News Post DJ says taking Taylor Swift to court was only option

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