When a monkey takes a selfie on your camera, who owns the copyright? This is being discussed here.
August 11, 2014
July 31, 2014
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
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
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
June 28, 2014
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
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.
Marcia Coyle with the National Law Journal discusses these recent cases on the PBS Newshour.
June 19, 2014
Interesting article: Identifying Judicial Empathy: Does Having Daughters Cause Judges to Rule for Women’s Issues?
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 judges. Using new data on the family lives of U.S. Courts of Appeals judges, we find that, conditional on the number of children a judge has, judges with daughters consistently vote in a more feminist fashion on gender issues than judges who have only sons. This result survives a number of robustness tests and appears to be driven primarily by Republican judges. More broadly, this result demonstrates that personal experiences influence how judges make decisions, and it is the first paper to show that empathy may indeed be a component in how judges decide cases.
You can download the full article here.
June 16, 2014
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 state.
Twenty-one states provide no money — though people who are exonerated can sue for damages. Twelve states and the District of Columbia award damages on a case-by-case basis. Another 17 states pay a fixed amount per year of imprisonment.
Full article here.