Law Library Notes

February 25, 2015

A Case Study in Controlled Implosions

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 12:48 pm

When the government has a dog of a case, someone has to draw the short straw and argue it. In Henderson v. United States, Assistant to the Solicitor General Ann O’Connell drew that straw. It seems clear that the Court will side with petitioner Tony Henderson – a felon seeking the right to sell or otherwise dispose of firearms that he owns but can no longer legally possess. In offering concession after concession and various fallback options, the government offered a case study in controlled implosions.

Read the rest of the article here.

Whoof, whoof.


February 24, 2015

Texas v. United States

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 4:06 pm

Texas v. United States is the recent case where an injunction was granted against President Obama’s immigration directives. It is an interesting case that illustrates how three different types of primary authority (cases, statutes, and regulations) are referred to and become an integral part of the opinion.

A free copy of the opinion can be downloaded here.


February 12, 2015

Punxsutawney Phil: Fugitive From Justice

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 10:26 am

An arrest warrant has been issued for Punxsutawney Phil. Be on the lookout.

“The suspect is furry. Only a couple of feet long. Two big teeth. And, it would seem, he has it in for the people of the American Northeast.  He’s Punxsutawney Phil, and he’s a wanted groundhog, according to police in Merrimack, New Hampshire.”

Read the rest here.


August 11, 2014

When a Monkey Takes a Selfie

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 3:11 pm

When a monkey takes a selfie on your camera, who owns the copyright? This is being discussed here.


July 31, 2014

Bar Exam Snafu

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 8:37 am

New law graduates in many states experienced a technology snafu at the worst  possible time Tuesday night: as they were attempting to upload bar examinations  just before deadlines in their states. Many reported spending hours trying and  failing to upload their answers.

Read the full article here.


July 21, 2014

Movies and Court Martials

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 3:07 pm

The Law Librarians of Congress blog has a nice article on movies that cover famous court martials. You can check out the article here. One of the movies discussed is Breaker Mourant which can be checked out of the library.


July 10, 2014

SAGE Publications Busts “Peer Review and Citation Ring”

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 1:31 pm

This one deserves a “wow.”

SAGE Publishers is retracting 60 articles from the Journal of Vibration and Control after an investigation revealed a “peer review and citation ring” involving a professor in Taiwan.

Read the full article here.


June 30, 2014

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 9:37 am

Read the opinion here.


June 28, 2014

Should rap lyrics be used as evidence in court?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 10:54 pm

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 the argument that the work is all fiction. See video here.


June 26, 2014

Supreme Court Curbs President’s Power to Make Recess Appointments

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 3:46 pm

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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