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Detours and Frolics: Week of 10/20

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…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 10/13

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…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/29

Time to catch up on some of last week’s legal news and items of interest: What force does international law allow in fighting ISIL? (BBC) Crime and incarceration rates have both gone down in the U.S. (NPR) “Osama bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Sentenced to Life in Prison” (WSJ Law Blog) The EU Court of Justice has…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/22

  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…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/15

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…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/8

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…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/2

Prime yourself for a short week by catching up with recent legal news and items of interest: Many, many people are availing themselves of legal self-help centers (WSJ Law Blog) The NFL made the wise, unfortunately late, decision to revise its policy on domestic violence (USA Today) A federal district judge declared part of Utah’s…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 8/25

Catch up on last week’s happenings in the legal world: China recognized a wrongful conviction and acquitted a man in prison for murder after eight years there. This is giving some advocates and scholars a cautious optimism that the Chinese judiciary is moving forward (AP) A Utah man was charged with vandalizing graffiti with graffiti, i.e. he…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 8/18 (Welcome Back Edition)

And now we return to the grind. Catch up on recent legal news and items of interest, get back into the swing of things: Highlights from Katie Couric’s interview with Justice Ginsburg (Above the Law) And speaking of Justice Ginsburg, is there any chance President Obama will be making a Supreme Court appointment before his…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 7/28

As we continue to while away the summer, let us reflect on current goings on  in the legal world: The DC Circuit and the 4th Circuit came to opposite decisions on the legitimacy of federally provided subsidies under Obamacare just a few hours apart (Talking Points Memo) Washington DC’s ban on carrying handguns in public…
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