Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail


Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail


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Ex-Marshall player at center of case on gay rights

HUNTINGTON - The West Virginia Supreme Court is being asked if a former Marshall University football player can be charged with violating the civil rights of two gay men he is accused of assaulting after he saw them kissing on a city street. The Herald- Dispatch reports that the request is from Cabell County Circuit Court in the case of Steward Butler. The 24-year-old running back has pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony civil rights violations stemming from the alleged April incident.

The lower court is asking the justices whether the state's civil rights code includes violent actions directed at another person based solely on sexual orientation.

Prosecutors contend the violation is based on the victim's sex, not sexual orientation.

A tentative trial date of Jan. 26 has been scheduled.

DraftKings, FanDuel sue Illinois attorney general

CHICAGO - New York-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings have filed separate lawsuits against Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a day after she declared daily fantasy sports betting illegal in the state.

FanDuel filed its lawsuit Thursday in Illinois' Sangamon County along with Head2Head Sports LLC, a season-long fantasy contest operator. DraftKings filed suit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago.

The companies argue that their contests are games of skill allowed by Illinois law. They're seeking to stop Madigan from enforcing her interpretation of the law and putting them out of business in the state.

AP source: Murphy agrees to deal with Nationals

Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement, first reported by ESPN, was subject to a successful physical.

Drafted by the Mets in 2006, the 30-year-old starred in October when he homered in a record six straight postseason games and was voted the MVP in the Mets' National League Championship Series victory over the Chicago Cubs. …

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