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ACLU fights for teen nudist camp Richmond, Va. (AP)�A lawsuit filed last week challenges a new state law that effectively bans nude summer camps for teenagers, saying it violates the constitutional right to privacy. The American Civil Liberties Union sued in federal court to keep the state from shutting down a no-clothing camp for juveniles in late July at the White Tail Park nudist camp in Ivor, Va. The law was passed in March in response to a week-long residential camp for 11- to 18-year-olds last June at White Tail. It was the first in Virginia and only the third such au naturel camp for juveniles in the nation, according to the American Association of Nude Recreation. “Legislators overreacted and in the process they substantially interfered with the right of families to make lifestyle choices,” Virginia ACLU Executive Director Kent Willis said. “Using the overall logic of this law, legislators are now free to prevent children from swimming, playing baseball or riding a bus.” The law, which took effect on July 1, denies a state license to “any hotel, summer camp or campground . . . that maintains, or conducts as any part of its activities, a nudist camp for juveniles.” Pumped up claims Oklahoma City (AP)�Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is seeking the ouster of a Creek County, Okla., judge who allegedly engaged in improper sexual conduct in court. Edmondson filed a petition with the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary against District Judge Donald D. Thompson of Sapulpa. Thompson, 57, placed himself in a position where his female court reporter could see him using a penis pump multiple times, Edmondson alleged in the petition. The document also alleges that a court reporter saw other improper sexual conduct on a number of occasions. The trial division of the state Court on the Judiciary presides over complaints against state judges and has the power to remove them from the bench. Thompson couldn’t be reached for comment, but did deny the allegations during an investigation, Edmondson’s petition stated. Edmondson said he didn’t think information alleged in the ouster petition against Thompson would result in the overturning of any trials where Thompson presided. Among witnesses listed in Edmondson’s petition are court personnel, the Sapulpa police chief and police officers who were present at a criminal trial in Thompson’s court. Edmondson accused the judge of violating the code of judicial ethics that requires high standards of conduct, among other things. He also alleged that Thompson committed an offense involving moral turpitude. Thompson admitted the penis pump was under the bench during a criminal trial on Aug. 22, 2003, and at other times, but denied using the pump, Edmondson’s petition stated. “He testified the pump was a gag gift from a friend,” the petition stated. Physician, help thyself A Pennsylvania doctor owes his patient a duty of care, but he doesn’t necessarily owe him the truth�that he’s sleeping with his wife, the state intermediate-level Superior Court ruled last month in a case of first impression. A general practitioner who slept with a patient’s wife�who was also a patient�can’t be sued for malpractice in Pennsylvania, a three-judge panel concluded, affirming a decision issued by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas last year in Long v. Ostroff. Sexual misconduct “may be unethical,” the court noted, but state law doesn’t recognize such a claim for professional negligence because a general practitioner’s duty of care doesn’t prohibit that behavior.

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