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Evidence Faulted in Detainee Case

Evidence Faulted in Detainee Case - NYTimes.com: With some derision for the Bush administration’s arguments, a three-judge panel said the government contended that its accusations against the detainee should be accepted as true because they had been repeated in at least three secret documents. The court compared that to the absurd declaration of a character […]

July 2008 / 1 min.


Analysis of Same-Sex Marriage Opinion in California

Balkinization - Grading the California same-sex marriage opinion: The California Supreme Court’s opinion is distressingly conclusory. It combines a tortured and probably unsalvageable substantive due process analysis with a strange, ultimately barely successful equal protection argument. If it is persuasive, it is barely so. Law professors are grumpy people who care less about whether […]

May 2008 / 1 min.


Defense Department Jettisons Charges Against ‘20th Hijacker’

Law Blog - WSJ.com : Defense Department Jettisons Charges Against ‘20th Hijacker’: On the Gitmo front, the last several weeks have brought the Bush administration a series of legal defeats. First, GitmoaEUR™s former chief prosecutor turned against the Pentagon, testifying that political interference had tainted the military commissions, set up to prosecute detainees. Then a […]

May 2008 / 1 min.


F.B.I. Raids Office of Special Counsel - New York Times

F.B.I. Raids Office of Special Counsel - New York Times: The office of the official responsible for protecting federal workers from political interference was raided by F.B.I. agents on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether he himself mixed politics with official business. The raid took place at the office of Scott J. Bloch, […]

May 2008 / 2 min.


The Candidates on Disability

Concurring Opinions - The Candidates on Disability: Having criticized the mainstream media for failing to discuss substantive policy issues in the presidential election, I should commend coverage that actually explores what the candidates will do. Michael Berube’s analysis of the disability policies of Obama/Clinton/McCain appears here (and here).

April 2008 / 1 min.


Lords refuse to continue hearing case against Simon Mann

Times Online - Lords refuse to continue hearing case against Simon Mann: A landmark case collapsed in unprecedented fashion today as the House of Lords refused to continue hearing a claim brought by Equatorial Guinea against the alleged plotters of a failed coup because it will not allow one of the defendants to meet with […]

February 2008 / 1 min.


Law lords to rule whether decision to invade Iraq warrants inquiry

Guardian - Law lords to rule whether decision to invade Iraq warrants inquiry: Questions about the legality of Tony Blair’s decision to join the US in invading Iraq will come under the spotlight before a rarely convened panel of nine law lords in Britain’s highest court next week. Rose Gentle and Beverley Clarke, the mothers […]

February 2008 / 1 min.


Ruling gives boost to millions of carers

Times Online - Ruling gives boost to millions of carers: Millions of people juggling a career with caring for a disabled family member are likely to receive greater protection in the workplace after a British secretary won the latest round in a long-running legal battle. An adviser to Europe’s highest court said today that Sharon […]

January 2008 / 1 min.


Lotto rape case victory opens gates for compensation

From Time Online (UK) - Lotto rape case victory opens gates for compensation: One womanaEUR™s quest for justice against the so-called Lotto rapist ended in victory this morning with a court ruling that paves the way for thousands of sex abuse victims to sue their attackers for compensation. In a landmark ruling, five law lords […]

January 2008 / 1 min.


Court Says You Can Copyright A Cease-And-Desist Letter

Techdirt: Court Says You Can Copyright A Cease-And-Desist Letter: Back in October, we wrote about a law firm that was claiming a copyright on the cease-and-desist letters it sent out, and insisting that it was a violation to repost them. It’s long been believed that cease-and-desist letters that have no new creative expression and are […]

January 2008 / 2 min.