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Law in the major papers ~ Putin's plans, paper ballots in MD, Ten Commandments copycat suits

[JURIST] Wednesday's New York Times includes articles on reactions to Russian President Vladimir Putin's planned overhaul of Russia's electoral system, and on Tuesday's approval by the Republican-led US House of Representatives of a measure requiring sanctions against lawyers who file lawsuits deemed frivolous.

The Washington Post notes that Maryland's highest court on Tuesday rejected a demand that citizens who do not trust touch-screen voting machines be given the option of using a paper ballot in the November 2nd election; that a Madison, Wisconsin, student has been caught in a money making scheme based on fake parking tickets; and that a federal appeals court Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit from the woman formerly known as "Jane Roe" challenging the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

USA Today posts articles featuring the sprouting of lawsuits across the country demanding the removal of monuments to the Ten Commandments in public buildings in the wake of a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court earlier this year; a guilty plea to mail fraud by Scott Fawell, the closest political advisor to former Illinois governor George Ryan George Ryan, who has now agreed to cooperate in the government's corruption investigation of his former boss; and a significant snag that may have hit President Bush's attempt to create a separate criminal justice system for foreign terrorism suspects.

The Los Angeles Times highlights a Tuesday ruling by the US Supreme Court refusing to allow a Wisconsin antiabortion group to run political ads against Democrats this fall, and a Tuesday ruling by a California appeals court that television writers can pursue age-discrimination claims against networks, studios and talent agencies as a class action. The suit could effect as many as 6,000 writers over the age of 40.

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