April 14
OHIO
Out-of-state nuptials must be recognized

Ohio must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed legally outside the state, a federal judge ruled on Monday in the latest in a string of decisions supporting an expansion of gay rights.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black in Cincinnati had said earlier in April that he expected to enter a ruling striking down Ohio’s ban on recognizing legal same-sex marriages as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said he planned to appeal the decision once it was handed down. Black had previously entered narrower orders that required Ohio, which bans same-sex marriage, to allow two gay men to be listed as “spouse” on the death certificates of husbands they married outside of Ohio.

The ruling does not address the 2004 ban on same-sex couples marrying within Ohio.

— Reuters

CALIFORNIA
Man gets 33 months for tax evasion

A man authorities say masterminded a scheme that fleeced the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell out of millions of dollars was sentenced in federal court Monday to 33 months for ­income-tax evasion.

U.S. District Judge George H. King sentenced Robert Rizzo just two days before the former city manager of Bell is to report to state court to be sentenced on 69 counts of fraud, misappropriation of public funds, falsification of public records and other charges for his role in the corruption case.

He pleaded no contest to those charges in October and faces up to 12 years in prison.

U.S. attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek said King ordered Rizzo to pay $255,984 in back taxes and to serve his federal sentence consecutively with whatever term he is given in state court.

Rizzo, 60, was given until May 30 to surrender to federal authorities. He pleaded guilty in January to single counts of conspiracy and filing a false federal income-tax return.

— Associated Press

NATIONAL SECURITY
Army upholds Manning’s sentence

An Army general has upheld Pfc. Chelsea Manning’s conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday.

The approval by Maj. Gen. Jeffery S. Buchanan, commander of the Military District of Washington, clears the way for an automatic appeal to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Manning’s appellate lawyers, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, told supporters Sunday in Washington that they expect to argue that the sentence is unreasonable. It is the longest prison term ever given by a U.S. court for leaking government secrets to the media. They said they also expect to argue that Manning’s speedy trial rights were violated, that the Espionage Act was misused and that high-ranking commanders improperly influenced her case.

The 26-year-old Crescent, Okla., native, who was convicted as Bradley Manning and has since sought a gender transition, is serving a sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She was sentenced in August for six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offenses for leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents, plus battlefield video, while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq from 2009-10.

— Associated Press

Woman who threw shoe at Clinton faces federal charges: Authorities have filed federal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe on stage while Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a convention speech. The trespassing and violence charges against Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas come as local prosecutors consider a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge in state court. The shoe did not strike Clinton. She continued her speech to a recycling industry conference at the Mandalay Bay resort.

— Associated Press

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