CALIFORNIA/Man accused of threatening Pelosi
A California man angry about health care reform allegedly made threatening and harassing phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, including at least one call in which he got through and spoke to her directly, law enforcement officials said. Gregory Lee Giusti, 48, was arrested Wednesday at his San Francisco home, said Joseph Schadler, spokesman for the FBI's San Francisco office. Schadler would not disclose the charges against Giusti, saying they were under seal until his first appearance before a federal magistrate, scheduled for Thursday. statement from Pelosi's spokesman Wednesday praised the efforts of law enforcement and said the House Speaker would have no further comment "at this time."
Official: Secrecy of Palin fundraiser by state university is unlawful
A California lawmaker said Wednesday that a state university is breaking the law by failing to disclose correspondence about an upcoming fundraiser appearance by Sarah Palin. Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), filed a public records request with California State University, Stanislaus last week, requesting any documents related to the former Alaska governor's scheduled June 25 speech. The university's compliance officer, Gina Leguria, responded to Yee on Tuesday, saying there were no such documents. But Wednesday, Yee circulated a March 29 e-mail sent to faculty and staff that he said should have been disclosed. In the e-mail, Susana Gajic-Bruyea, vice president for university advancement, says the high-profile public figure would attract interest and boost attendance at the black-tie gala, whose tickets cost $500 each. Yee said Gajic-Bruyea's e-mail is the sort of document that should have been provided in response to his public records request. He has asked the state attorney general to investigate the matter.
INDIANA/Compromises on laws difficult for Supreme Court, justice says
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that the lack of consensus in many of the Supreme Court's decisions reflects its fundamental inability to strike compromises on laws, as Congress can when writing them. Roberts' remarks came during a talk at the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. Responding to a question about remarks Roberts made during his 2005 confirmation hearings about wanting to build consensus on the court, Roberts said justices differing in their interpretations of law cannot act like lawmakers and strike compromises halfway. About one-third of the high court's decisions last term were decided 5-4, just like its January ruling to strike down restrictions on corporate campaign spending that drew harsh criticism from President Barack Obama.