Infamous trials help shape history, and for the city of Omaha, a trial in 1932 is now on display for everyone to learn about.
The takedown of Thomas Dennison is front and center at the federal courthouse.
“It inspires us to work hard and do what we do to ensure justice is fair for all, and I think it will inspire staff as well as the courthouse,” said Laurie Smith Camp, U.S. District Court judge.
Thomas Dennison was on trial for conspiracy to violate the National Prohibition Act. The trial brought an end to the political syndicate that controlled Omaha for decades.
Read more: http://www.ketv.com/news/local-news/1932-political-trial-on-display-at-federal-courthouse/-/9674510/22641886/-/13lajujz/-/index.html#ixzz2ir48Gf6h
This is a good read. Check it out here and here.
Google has unveiled an upgrade to the way it interprets users’ search requests.
The new algorithm, codenamed Hummingbird, is the first major upgrade for three years.
It has already been in use for about a month, and affects about 90% of Google searches.
At a presentation on Thursday, the search giant was short on specifics but said Hummingbird is especially useful for longer and more complex queries.
Google stressed that a new algorithm is important as users expect more natural and conversational interactions with a search engine – for example, using their voice to speak requests into mobile phones, smart watches and other wearable technology.
Read full article here.
Read the Omaha World-Herald article here.
Pictured is the 7th, 8th, and 9th editions of Black’s Law Dictionary. The 9th edition is the most current edition of Black’s. Black’s is available on Westlaw. To access the dictionary just type “Black’s Law Dictionary” in the search box on WestlawNext. If you have any problem accessing the dictionary, just ask for help at the reference desk in the law library.
I want to use this opportunity to briefly discuss context and currency of online materials using Black’s Law Dictionary as an example. Currently when you look up a term using Black’s on Westlaw you are obtaining a definition from the 9th edition. When the 9th edition first came out there was a period of time where only the 8th was available on Westlaw.
The lesson is to not always assume that everything online is up to date. As a legal information consumer, you need to be in the habit of checking how current online materials are. Sources have different ways of conveying the currency of materials and databases. Look for links that provide information on scope or currency.
When you use Black’s Law Dictionary in print you know you have the current edition if you have the green volume. This type of context is not always available online so when using online resources always ask yourself how you know the materials you are looking at are current.
If you ever need to know if a legal source is the most current and you are are having problems determining this, ask for help from a reference librarian.
HeinOnline has added a new immigration library.
This collection is a compilation of the most important historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This first comprehensive database includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works.
See link on our Immigration LibGuide: http://lawguides.creighton.edu/Immigration
Nate Anderson’s The Internet Police looks at how law enforcement learned to combat cybercrime. Story about book on NPR.
Interesting interview on the PBS NewsHour
Property seizure is a profitable practice for local law enforcement agencies, long used to deprive mobsters and drug kingpins. But the police can also take personal goods away from citizens who haven’t been proven guilty of a crime. Ray Suarez talks to Sarah Stillman who investigated civil forfeiture for The New Yorker.
Congress.gov is an excellent website for U.S. legislative information. Recently there was a write-up about the site in In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Librarians of Congress.