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30 Aug 2013, 2:00 pm by Gerry W. Beyer
As I have previously discussed, Barbara Mancini is awaiting trial for allegedly providing her terminally ill father with a vial of morphine in order to assist with his suicide. The nonprofit organization Compassion & Choices is now campaigning for the... [read post]
21 Oct 2013, 4:00 am by Gerry W. Beyer
Recently, Oregon's justice department released a legal opinion stating that Oregon state agencies must recognize legalized same- sex marriages. The rational behind the decision was that there was not a legitimate or compelling state interest in refusing to recognize the... [read post]
11 Feb 2014, 12:00 pm by Gerry W. Beyer
‘Aid in dying’ is now legal in five states and may be gaining traction in others. 70% of respondents in a 2013 Gallup Poll agreed that doctors should be allowed to “end the patient’s life by some painless means” when... [read post]
4 May 2011, 4:03 pm by constitutional lawblogger
The re-election this week in Canada of PM Harper and a decisive victory for his Conservative party was presumably not cause for celebration for Craig Scott, Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall. Scott's article, Will Canada Be an Open Democracy... [read post]
4 Sep 2013, 4:00 pm by Gerry W. Beyer
As I have previously discussed, biological father Dusten Brown had been ordered by a South Carolina court to turn over Baby Veronica to her adoptive parents. Brown and Veronica’s adoptive parents, the Capobiancos, were recently at a Nowata County court... [read post]
3 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm by Gerry W. Beyer
As I have previously discussed, a Dallas County probate judge was considering sealing portions of the will of the late Harold Simmons. Judge Michael E. Miller has now opened to the public a redacted version of the billionaire’s will. Instead... [read post]
24 Oct 2013, 2:00 pm by Gerry W. Beyer
Besides social and civil rights reasons, there may be economic reasons to allow same-sex marriage as well. According to a recent study, New Jersey’s recent decision to allow same-sex marriage will generate economic gains of $48 to $119 million for... [read post]
3 Feb 2014, 10:00 am by Gerry W. Beyer
Despite the federal governments increase of the estate tax exemption, there are still states with an estate tax that impact the middle and upper-middle class. Paul Sullivan at the New York Times has identified 16 states that are below the... [read post]
22 May 2013, 6:00 pm by Trusts EstatesProf
In one of the most high-profile attempts to change Britain’s law on the right to die, two paralyzed men seek to protect from prosecution those who would help them end their lives. Paul Lamb was left immobile after a car... [read post]
9 Apr 2014, 8:00 am by Gerry W. Beyer
The defamation suit brought by Bobby Brown against American Media and writer Derrick Handspike over a National Enquire article has survived a summary judgment motion. Soon after the death of Whitney Houston, the Enquire published a story that prior to... [read post]
25 Jun 2013, 12:00 pm by Trusts EstatesProf
14 residents of West Rest Haven, the West, Texas nursing home affected by the fertilizer plant explosion, have died in the last two months, which is twice as high as usual. Despite the destruction of most of the nursing home,... [read post]
6 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm by Gerry W. Beyer
Three same-sex couples are suing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and six other state officials over the “marriage evasion law” codified as Wis Stat. § 765.30(1). Lead plaintiff Virginia Wolf states in her complaint that the law makes it a “criminal... [read post]
3 Feb 2014, 2:00 pm by Gerry W. Beyer
The executors of Nelson Mandela’s estate have revealed the details of the anti-apartheid leader’s will. His estate, worth around $4.1 million, will be split between his family, his staff, schools he had attended, and the African National Congress. The main... [read post]
21 Mar 2014, 6:00 am by Gerry W. Beyer
The Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the conviction of William Melchert Dinkel, former nurse; of helping two people, he met on the internet to commit suicide. The court reasoned that part of the state’s assisted-suicide law is unconstitutional. Specifically, the part... [read post]
2 Feb 2014, 6:00 am by Gerry W. Beyer
Detroit city council member, George Cushingberry Jr. is being accused of mishandling Roxanne Hudson’s inheritance. Specifically, Hudson is accusing Cushingberry of cheating her out of two classic vehicles a 1926 Oakland and a 1976 Coupe De Ville. Hudson has filed... [read post]
21 Oct 2013, 12:00 pm by Gerry W. Beyer
As I have previously discussed, Governor Chris Christie recently appealed a court decision allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Gov. Christie has now withdrawn his appeal after the state’s Supreme Court rejected his attempt to prevent marriages until the appeal... [read post]
16 Mar 2014, 6:00 am by Gerry W. Beyer
As I have previously discussed, the Kansas Department for Children and Families sued William Marotta for child support because he donated his sperm to a same-sex couple after responding to a Craigslist ad. The same- sex couple split up and... [read post]
19 Mar 2014, 2:00 pm by Gerry W. Beyer
In today's America, the top 1% of households owns about 35% of the nation's wealth, which is more than the entire bottom 90% does. However, this wealth inequality has not yet resulted in a big uptick in inheritances. Since the... [read post]
21 Nov 2013, 6:00 pm by Gerry W. Beyer
A disciplinary panel has recommended that Albany County Surrogate’s Court Judge Cathryn M. Doyle, 60, should be removed for failing to reveal conflicts and recusing herself on multiple occasions. The panel said, “From 2007 to 2011, Judge Doyle failed to... [read post]
29 Jan 2014, 10:00 am by Gerry W. Beyer
The family of theater legend Leonard Melfi has been awarded $1.25 million in a settlement pertaining to the right to a proper burial and medical malpractice. In 2001, Melfi died of alcohol-related causes, but his family was never informed of... [read post]