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Elkhart County, Ind. has been ordered to remove a Ten Commandments display in a county administration building. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. said the Constitution forbids a government to post the Biblical edict in a government building without a secular purpose. After a 2002 federal lawsuit against Elkhart, the city agreed to remove a granite monument bearing the Ten Commandments from in front of city hall … A judge who thinks a proposed plea deal is too lenient has delayed sentencing for Prasad Lakireddy, a Lafayette, Calif., man charged with helping smuggle teenage girls from India into the United States to furnish sex and cheap labor. Lakireddy pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to employ unauthorized aliens, and U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said the proposed sentence is not consistent with the punishment meted out to others who went to prison in connection with the case … A suit between Bayer BioScience and Monsanto Co. over corn patents has been revived by a U.S. Court of Appeals, which said a lower court was wrong in agreeing to Monsanto’s request to dismiss Bayer’s patent infringement claims. Bayer sued Monsanto over four patents covering genetically modified corn designed to resist insects. The two companies have been butting heads over several suits during the past few years … An insanity defense will be launched for a former judge facing child pornography charges. Former Superior Court Judge Stephen W. Thompson of Camden, N. J., has also been accused of traveling to Russia to film himself having sex with a boy. Thompson’s attorney said the former’s judge’s mental condition has been deteriorating, beginning with Vietnam and his inability to father children. If convicted, Thompson, 57, faces up to 20 years in prison. He’s currently free on $2 million bail.

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