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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Calif. Prop. 71 Lawsuits Unlikely to Get Tossed

From LifeNews.com:

Superior Court Judge Bonnie Lewman Sabraw listened to two hours worth of arguments from both sides about whether the initiative violates conflict of interest standards and public ethics rules set up by state law.

Judge Sabraw said she would rule on the challenges at a later date.

Lawyers for the stem cell research panel set up under the state measure told the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper that Sabraw will likely allow the legal challenges to move forward.

If the cases are not thrown out, the stem cell panel will not be able to issue its first round of grants because it won't be able to obtain bond funding. If the groups win their challenge in court, the bonds would be worthless. Even if Sabraw rules in their favor, the legal challenges will likely head to a state appeals court.

The two lawsuits say the panel shouldn't be allowed to disburse the funds because there is no oversight from state officials, as is required under state law.

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