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28 Aug 9:18 pm
The latest issue of the International Human Rights Law Review (Vol. 4, no. 1, 2015) is out. Contents include: Marika McAdam, What’s in a Name? Tenia Kyriazi, Trafficking and Slavery Solon Solomon, Broadening International Criminal Jurisdiction? Jamil Ddamulira Mujuzi, The Right to a Fair Trial in Criminal Proceedings and the United Kingdom Courts’ Recognition of Foreign Convictions from non-EU Member States Hemang Sharma, Rights against Torture in Nepal [read post]
28 Aug 9:07 pm
One would think that, somewhere along the way, this kid learned that 911 is for emergencies only. If not, he should definitely know now. Per The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune police log: • At 10:49 a.m. Monday, an 11-year-old boy called 911 because his friend used the “F” word at the caller. Guess what happened next? Nothing, of course! [read post]
28 Aug 8:26 pm
How much do you drive? Do you drive during the daytime and/or evening hours? Do you drive for commuting purposes on the weekdays and stay home on the weekends, or do you drive on the weekends too? While you definitely know how you would answer these questions, you may be surprised to learn how other American drivers would answer them. Because the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety was interested in the trends in driver habits, the Foundation conducted a survey of 3,319 drivers from May 2013 through May 2014. The results of the survey, called the American Driving Survey, reveal the… [read post]
28 Aug 8:08 pm
YES, THIS IS EMBARRASSING NATIONAL PUBLICITY: University of Tennessee tells staff and students to stop using ‘he’ and ‘she’ – and switch to ‘xe’, ‘zir’ and ‘xyr’ instead No, I won’t be using these terms in my classes, though this is just some stuff on a website, not a directive sent to the faculty or anything as some seem to think. And yes, the University of Tennessee seems to have imbibed a huge dose of PC Kool-Aid all of a sudden. Faculty speculation is that it has something to do with pressure from the Obama… [read post]
28 Aug 8:08 pm
By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Federal Circuit's Ariosa v. Sequenom decision handed down earlier this summer marked the apex (or nadir, according to your prejudices) of the current trend to limit the scope of patent eligible subject matter. On Thursday, twelve amicus curiae briefs were filed in support of Sequenom's petition to the full court for rehearing en banc. We will post on the substance of these briefs in later posts; for now the posts can be accessed here: • Twenty-three Law Professors, Kevin E. Noonan Counsel for Amicus Curiae -- brief • Novartis AG, Corey A. Salsberg,… [read post]
28 Aug 8:05 pm
How do judges decide divorce cases? We think you will enjoy this informative article on the subject. How do judges decide divorce cases? The short answer is by application of law to fact and use of judicial discretion. The law is found in our code books (mostly the California Family Code) and cases (appellate and supreme court). The facts are your specific situation. Judicial discretion is how much leeway the law gives judges to make decisions based on the facts. When judges decide divorce cases, that discretion is a big part of the decision making process. This article is informative… [read post]
28 Aug 7:53 pm
Pelvic Fractures  Pelvic Fractures  occur more commonly in males who are likely to become injured in high impact crashes. Fractures of the pelvis can happen in the elderly with a simple fall from a standing height. The incidence of pelvic fractures is about 37 cases per 100,000 people in the US per year. The pelvic ring is formed from the sacrum and two innominate bones that are connected in the front by the symphysis pubis and by the sacroiliac joints in the back. The innominate bone is essentially three bones that have become fused together: 1) the ilium; 2) the… [read post]
28 Aug 7:42 pm
Now that summer is coming to a close, many people are having end-of-summer parties. In many cases, these parties involve barbecue and alcohol. Whether you are throwing a party yourself or attending someone else’s event, make sure that you stay safe. Here’s how: 1) If you’re hosting an event, serve alcohol conscientiously. Serve alcohol earlier in the evening and be careful about serving too much to anyone who is already inebriated. Stop serving alcohol well before the party ends and serve coffee to give people a chance to sober up. Make sure that you have cash on… [read post]
28 Aug 7:30 pm
SHOCKINGLY, IT APPEARED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, OF ALL PLACES: A Misleading Story About Justice Clarence Thomas. [read post]
28 Aug 7:13 pm
That would be Episode 72 of the always interesting, frequently zany Oral Argument podcast, in which I join Joe Miller and Christian Turner to talk about the Dallas Cowboys, the new Star Wars movie and, eventually (starting at around the 23-minute mark), the Facebook mood contagion experiment and whether Facebook should be regulated like a utility or a burrito stand. And yes, Joe does actually eat a dog biscuit during the show. One of the ones pictured here, in fact. Joe reports that, inexplicably, the peanut butter treats taste like chicken. [read post]
28 Aug 7:02 pm
Wired – “This is the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created [by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service]. White people are shown with blue dots; African-Americans with green; Asians with red; and Latinos with orange, with all other race categories from the Census represented by brown. Since the dots are smaller than pixels at most zoom levels, Cable assigned shades of color based on the multiple dots therein. From a distance, for example, certain neighborhoods will look purple, but zooming-in reveals a… [read post]
28 Aug 7:01 pm
OUT: THERE’LL ALWAYS BE AN ENGLAND. In: An England That No Longer Exists. [read post]
28 Aug 7:00 pm
More than two years after a federal judge took away most of the Supreme Court’s power to forbid all picketing, protests and other demonstrations on the plaza in front of its building, a federal appeals court revived that authority on Friday in a lengthy opinion. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a sixty-five-year old federal law that restricts what the public may do on what the judges called the Court’s “elevated front porch.”  That is the oval terrace officially known as “the plaza.”… [read post]
28 Aug 7:00 pm
My finding are that attractive women are most often viewed as innocent, immature, sexy, helpless, etc. Heck some male jurors could secretly even have the hots for teacher! The undercurrents of sexiness and hotness could be so powerful to some male jurors that some male jurors simply this they were being "fair" in acquitting since it’s perfectly natural for hormone-addled boys become entranced by this attractive woman. The post Substitute Teacher Arraigned After Accusations of Seducing Male Students appeared first on Michael Ehline's Accident Law Firm Blog. [read post]
28 Aug 6:55 pm
MORE WEIRD BEHAVIOR FROM THE WACO POLICE: “Plaguing the Twin Peaks shootout are two twin evils. End up with nine dead bodies and surely someone must have killed them. There is a strong contention that the ‘someone’ was police, who may well have killed and wounded them all, or most, or at least some, but turning an eye inward would make the police look awfully bad, stupid and venal.” [read post]
28 Aug 6:55 pm
Daniel A. Farber (University of California, Berkeley - School of Law) has posted Back to the Future? Legal Scholarship in the Progressive Era and Today on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This article introduces volume 100 of the Minnesota Law Review. Like much of legal scholarship today, Issue 1 was deeply and unapologetically embedded in the concerns of its day, which was on the cusp between the Progressive Era and the outbreak of World War I. It is not uncommon to contrast modern legal scholarship with some past era in which scholarship was more doctrinal, less policy oriented, and more… [read post]
28 Aug 6:53 pm
Earlier this year, the European Commission (EC) sent a Statement of Objections (formal complaint) to Google for violating European antitrust (competition) laws.   In particular, the EC alleges Google “has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area (EEA) by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages.  The Commission's preliminary view is that such conduct infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms… [read post]
28 Aug 6:50 pm
"Protesters have no free-speech rights on Supreme Court's front porch": Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this report. [read post]
28 Aug 6:47 pm
Because the lower neck or cervical region and the lower back or lumbar region are most subject to stress and strain these are the common sites for herniated discs following a motorcycle or auto accident.  I have represented many people over the years who have unfortunately suffered from these injuries. So long as the displaced disc is confined to the space surrounded by the annulus fibrosus there is no discomfort or disability. Once the nucleus begins to ooze through a defect in the annulus fibrosus trouble is apt to begin. The initial defect is usually small and may occur at any… [read post]
28 Aug 6:41 pm
Oysters not only transmit human norovirus; they also serve as a major reservoir for these pathogens, according to research published August 28 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. “More than 80 percent of human norovirus genotypes were detected in oyster samples or oyster-related outbreaks,” said corresponding author Yongjie Wang, PhD. “The results highlight oysters’ important role in the persistence of norovirus in the environment, and its transmission to humans, and they demonstrate the need for… [read post]