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Cindy Maddera

We need more judges like this one. This week California judge Florence-Marie Cooper ordered the U.S. Navy to temporarily stop using sonar equipment because it might harm whales. The Navy was planning on using the sonar in Pacific war games off the cost of Hawaii. Many of you might remember that President Bush declared the Hawaiian Islands and surrounding waters a National Marine Wildlife Sanctuary. Apparently the Navy gets a different set of laws because the US Department of Defense exempted them from the Marine-Mammal Protection Act for six months so that the Navy could carry out anti-submarine warfare training.

But judge Florence said “No way misterâ€?! Well, maybe not in those words, but she sure put a stop to them at least until July 18th when the Navy can argue against the injunction.