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State Cause of Action to Challenge Method of Execution?:  The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday ruled that Ohio law does not provide a vehicle for death row inmates to challenge the state's method of execution.  The court found that the Ohio legislature had not yet created a cause of action for such a challenge, and that death row inmates had the option of proceeding under the federal civil rights statute.  Reginald Fields of The Plain Dealer (OH) has this story

Spammer Arraigned in Federal Court:  Dinesh Ramde of the AP reports 23-year-old Oleg Nikolaenko of Russia was arraigned today in a Wisconsin federal court, pleading not guilty to charges of violating a federal anti-spam act.  Prosecutors claim Nikolaenko ran a network that hacked into computers and sent out billions of emails.  On some days, one out of every three unwanted emails in the world could be traced to this network, according to some experts.

New California Chief Justice Sworn In:  The Sacramento Bee reports 51-year-old Tani Cantil-Sakauye was sworn in today as the new chief justice of the California Supreme Court.  Cantil-Sakauye previously served as deputy legal affairs secretary to former Governor George Deukmejian, a deputy district attorney in Sacramento County, and a Municipal and Superior Court judge.  At the swearing in, the new chief justice conceded that tough times are ahead for the state, but that she was happily dedicated to the "monumental, indescribable challenge ahead."

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