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District attorneys face term limits in Colorado, where the state’s high court ruled Monday that they are bound by a 1994 constitutional amendment restricting “non-judicial” office holders to two terms. As a result of the unanimous decision, the state is set to lose 13 of its 22 top prosecutors in January 2005. Colorado is the only state to impose such limits on DAs … Med-mal reform has taken an ironic twist in Kentucky, where Robyn Williams is suing her ophthalmologist for unspecified damages, including pain and suffering. As it happens, the Russell County attorney is married to state Senate President David Williams, who has been campaigning for a constitutional amendment to cap such damages. Robyn Williams points out that the suit predates her recent marriage to the Republican senator … A class action suit by miners reached an unusual end this week, as a Utah judge signed off on a deal to give the workers their own hospital. The settlement, approved by 3rd District Judge Glenn Iwasaki, requires Utah to fulfill a century-old promise to designate a medical facility specifically for miners … A plan to publish sex offenders’ names and addresses on the Web has cleared the California Assembly. Although at least 35 states publish such registries online, concerns over civil liberties stalled the California bill for more than a year. AB 488, which affects nearly 83,000 offenders, proceeds now to the state Senate … Meanwhile, sex offenders have won the right to propose alternatives to their involuntary commitment. A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that trial judges should consider options such as supervision and therapy when deciding whether persons would be “highly likely” to commit another offense upon release. – Lori Patel

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