Insane Americans, Murderous Appeal, Pedophilia in the Choir, US Asking Canada for Too Much?

Democrats deal with broken windows, obscene threats over support for US health care overhaul

Democratic Congress members are facing an immense backlash as Americans who strongly against the federal health care legislation have resorted to uttering threats, hurling bricks through windows and leaving menacing obscenity-laced phone messages in order to voice their adamant disapproval over the newly passed legislation. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday, but the FBI is investigating.

 

Serial killer Pickton makes bid for new trial

A judge’s error might lead to a new trial for serial killer Robert Pickton.  A lawyer for Robert Pickton says that a judge's last-minute instruction to the jury was wrong and breached Pickton’s charter rights.

 

States Pickton’s lawyers, “Put simply, the jury’s critical question was incorrectly answered, the ‘goal posts’ were changed by the amendment at a very late and impossible stage of the trial, and the Crown gained a significant, unjustified advantage.”

 

A decision is expected on Thursday.

 

U.S. to ask Canada for troops in Afghanistan past 2011: Media

The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing unidentified sources, has reported that The United States will ask Canada to keep as many as 600 troops in Afghanistan after the Canadian military mission there ends in 2011.  Interestingly, polls show that Canadian support for the mission has decreased.

 

Vatican denies hiding molestation case

The Vatican is denying allegations that there is a cover-up in the church's handling of a priest accused of molesting as many as 200 deaf boys in Milwaukee. The New York Times reports that two Wisconsin bishops are claiming that their request to conduct a church trial against a priest accused Rev. Lawrence Murphy was ceased by the Vatican.

 

Harper's Humiliating Muzzle on Scientists

A leaked document showcasing restriction implemented by the Canadian government to limit the media’s access to government research has many scientists furious. According to one Environment Canada employee, “Our scientists are very frustrated with the new process. They feel the intent of the policy is to prevent them from speaking to media...”

 

SCC greets Earth Day week by dismissing Kyoto suit
Friends of Earth Canada have issued a statement regarding their disappointment on the SCC’s Decision on Climate Lawsuit. Beatrice of Friends of Earth Canada maintains that the Canadian government has yet to be held accountable for the effects of its actions on the environment. In response, she calls all those who are concerned about the environment to join her and others members of Friends of Earth Canada as they set to launch their action plan.

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