More detours than frolics in this week’s installment:
- The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to enforce its strict voter ID laws this election. Justice Ginsburg is not happy (SCOTUSblog, Slate)
- Gay marriage is steadily becoming the law of the land, as Arizona and Wyoming have their bans struck down and the Supreme Court denied Alaska’s request to issue a stay (ABA Journal)
- Also out of Texas, the Supreme Court took some of the bite out of a law that would have shut down all but seven abortion clinics in the rather large state (SCOTUSblog)
- The director of the FBI asked tech firms to reconsider some of the data protection measures they’ve taken in light of revelations on the scope of government data collection (WSJ Law Blog)
- If you’re convicted of a crime and don’t want to serve time, consider just getting up and walking out of the courthouse (Lowering the Bar)
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Catch up on last week’s legal news:
- If you didn’t notice, there were some major goings on in the gay marriage saga: note the beginning of the week and the end of the week (SCOTUSblog)
- Eric Holder won’t be held in contempt for withholding Fast & Furious documents (ABA Journal)
- “Airbnb is now officially legal in San Fancisco.” Will other cities follow San Francisco’s lead? (Businessweek)
- A self-proclaimed psychic is threatening legal action against a skeptic who distributed fliers at her show (Boing Boing)
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Time to catch up on some of last week’s legal news and items of interest:
Another edition of Detours and Frolics, in which hopefully at least one of these items is fascinating to you:
- Scotland voted on its independence from the UK. 55%-45% is close enough that you wonder what happens next (The Guardian)
- Update: atheist airman who was denied reenlistment for refusing to say “so help me God” may re-enlist after Air Force policy change (Al Jazeera)
- Let this be a warning to you: take brief formatting guidelines seriously, do not end up like BP (NPR)
- Would you like to see the first Super Bowl? Hopefully not, because a fan recording is the only known copy left and it doesn’t look like it will be generally available any time soon (Above the Law)
- A collection of approved and rejected vanity plates from Florida. Warning: crude, childish humor ahead (Legal Juice)
The world of law is rich with stories that fall somewhere on the spectrum of grave to utterly frivolous. Catch up on some of them from the last week:
- The Supreme Court will discuss its next steps on gay marriage when it convenes on Sept. 29 (SCOTUSblog)
- An atheist airman was denied reenlistment in the US Air Force for refusing to say “so help me God” (WSJ Law Blog)
- Oscar Pistorious was convicted of culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp (The Guardian)
- The NFL has hired an independent investigator to explore how the league so abysmally handled Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée (MSNBC)
- A Wyoming legislative panel is looking into using firing squads to execute death row inmates when prisons can’t get the drugs they need for the job (WSJ Law Blog)
Another week, another round up of legal news and items of interest:
- The DC Circuit will rehear en banc the case on the legality of health insurance subsidies (SCOTUSblog)
- A federal judge determined that BP was 67% responsible for Deepwater Horizon, may be fined up to $18 billion. I don’t care who you are, that’s gotta hurt (NYT)
- In civil rights violation, a teenager in South Carolina was not allowed to wear the makeup that he usually does in his driver’s license photo because the DMV clerk determined he wouldn’t look “like a boy should” (CNN)
- The EU’s highest court defined parody in a case involving an offensive calendar (WSJ Law Blog)
- I’d think this goes without saying, but wear socks to court, especially if you’re an attorney. Though if oblivious lawyers are going to get us more captions like In re Proper Courtroom Attire, maybe they’re not so bad (Lowering the Bar)
Prime yourself for a short week by catching up with recent legal news and items of interest: