Cops and Courts is officially back from vacation, with this quote from U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy of Missoula (in photo by the Missoulian’s Kurt Wilson), who is trying to decide if he must recuse himself from hearing a lawsuit alleging fraud and falsehood by Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson:
Missoula County courts might be closed because of today’s election (anybody else notice that it’s also Day of the Dead?) but the U.S. Supreme Court is going strong.
Specifically, the justices are examining the case of Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association. It involves a California law that tries to keep kids from buying the really violent ones featuring murder, maiming and sexual mayhem. Jesse Holland of the Associated Press has the story:
“We do not have a tradition in this country of telling children they should watch people actively hitting schoolgirls over the head with a shovel so they’ll beg with mercy, being merciless and decapitating them, shooting people in the leg so they fall down,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.
Roberts decried that one game lets a player “pour gasoline over them, set them on fire and urinate on them.” “We protect children from that,” he said. “We don’t actively expose them to that.”
A medical marijuana provider has asked a judge to rule that his operation can’t be regulated by the city of Helena, which bans medical pot businesses within its boundaries, writes Matt Volz of the Associated Press. “Paul Schmidt, owner of Sleeping Giant Caregivers, said Monday that medical [...]