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Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

Posted by George Butterfield on June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Read the opinion here.

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Should rap lyrics be used as evidence in court?

Posted by Troy Johnson on June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

PBS NewsHour – Based largely on a rap he wrote, and accounts of two witnesses given years after the shooting, rapper Antwain Steward was arrested and charged with double murder. Critics contend rap is a musical art form that should not be taken as evidence of criminal behavior. But some prosecutors say they don’t buy [...]

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Supreme Court Curbs President’s Power to Make Recess Appointments

Posted by Troy Johnson on June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Supreme Court dealt a significant blow to executive power, cutting back on the president’s power to issue recess appointments during brief breaks in the Senate’s work. Full article here.

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Supreme Court limits cell phone searches, TV signal sharing

Posted by Troy Johnson on June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Marcia Coyle with the National Law Journal discusses these recent cases on the PBS Newshour.

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Identifying Judicial Empathy: Does Having Daughters Cause Judges to Rule for Women’s Issues?

Posted by Troy Johnson on June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Interesting article: Identifying Judicial Empathy: Does Having Daughters Cause Judges to Rule for Women’s Issues? Abstract: In this paper, we ask whether personal relationships can affect the way that judges decide cases. To do so, we leverage the natural experiment of a child’s gender to identify the effect of having daughters on the votes of [...]

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When Innocent People Go To Prison, States Pay

Posted by Troy Johnson on June 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Suppose you spent five years in prison for a crime you didn’t commit. How much does the government owe you? Over the past few decades, the rise of DNA exonerations has made this a more pressing question. And many states have created explicit policies to answer it. But those policies vary wildly from state to [...]

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Uber’s Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws

Posted by Troy Johnson on June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

To see the speed of technological innovation, look no further than a street corner. Hailing a cab from the street is less common in cities with Uber, a service that lets you request a ride with the simple tap of a mobile phone app. The five-year-old company — now valued at $17 billion — is [...]

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Is It Legal to Brew Your Own Beer?

Posted by Troy Johnson on June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

From the “Law and Daily Life blog” comes the following post – Is It Legal to Brew Your Own Beer? Excerpt: Though making moonshine can still get you arrested in many states, as of last year brewing your own beer is legal in all 50 states. Alabama and Mississippi were the last two states to [...]

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Judge Throws Punches at Attorney

Posted by George Butterfield on June 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Let’s just take this out into the hallway.

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