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We span the globe (relative to other editions) in this week’s Detours and Frolics:
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“Detours and Frolics” may have been out of the office on Monday, but it’s back on Tuesday to clue you in to what happened last week in the world of law:
- A big week for same sex marriage. Courts in Missouri and Kansas struck down marriage bans there, while the 6th Circuit almost certainly assured the Supreme Court will take up the issue of such bans by finally creating a circuit split and upholding the bans in four states (Buzzfeed, Buzzfeed, SCOTUSblog)
- A bankruptcy judge approved Detroit’s debt plan, which will hopefully get the financially beleaguered city back on track (Detroit News)
- Is there an 18-year-old state lawmaker in West Virginia? After the midterms, yes, yes there is (NPR)
- A man in the apparently bizarro world of Western Australia drove his plane down the street and right up to the bar (Legal Juice)
- The drummer for AC/DC was charged with attempting to buy a murder, then had the charge dropped (Buzzfeed)
What do judges, law makers, and an auction house have in store for us this week? Let’s find out:
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Welcome to this week’s collection of legal miscellany:
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)
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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