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7th District denies new trial for man who sold fatal fentanyl dose

A Columbiana County trial court did not err by finding a drug-dealing defendant caused the overdose death of a client by providing her with fentanyl-laced heroin, the 7th District Court of Appeals recently ruled.
Rubin Williams appealed after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter and drug trafficking and sentenced to 11 ye ... (full story)

How the Supreme Court can maintain its legitimacy amid intensifying partisanship

(THE CONVERSATION) On the first day of hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris framed the nomination as part of a plan to subvert democratic values.
The rushed nomination process goes against the wishes of "a clear majority of Americans" who want Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat fille ... (full story)

Religious identity and Supreme Court justices – a brief history

(THE CONVERSATION) Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation process has put focus not only on the would-be Supreme Court justice's faith but the religious makeup of the court itself.
If she is appointed, Barrett would be the second successive Catholic elevated to the U.S.'s highest court and the third Trump appointee to find favor wit ... (full story)

Will Colorado bring back wolves? It's up to voters

(THE CONVERSATION) Colorado voters will decide on Nov. 3 whether the state should reintroduce gray wolves (Canis lupus) after a nearly 80-year absence. Ballot Proposition 114 would require the state to develop and oversee a science-based plan to restore wolves, focused in Western Colorado and initiated by the end of 2023.
Restor ... (full story)

Restoring California's forests to reduce wildfire risks will take time, billions of dollars and a broad commitment

(THE CONVERSATION) As California contends with its worst wildfire season in history, it's more evident than ever that land management practices in the state's forested mountains need major changes.
Many of California's 33 million acres of forests face widespread threats stemming from past management choices. Today the U.S. Fore ... (full story)