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The Nonhuman Rights Project

“The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only civil rights organization in the United States working to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. Our mission is to change the legal status of appropriate nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty. Our first cases were filed in 2013 on behalf of captive chimpanzees; we plan to continue to file as many lawsuits as we have funds available.”

Legal Information Institute and Justia provide new home for Oyez Project

Follow up to previous posting – Founder of Oyez.org seeks new manager and large purchase price – via Law.com – ‘Oyez Project’ New Home Will Keep Supreme Court Audio Free to Public‘ “The project is now housed at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago under an agreement that expires soon. By the time the newContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Border Security, Medicare Program, Prisoner Operations

Border Security: DHS Surveillance Technology Unmanned Aerial Systems and Other Assets, GAO-16-671T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016. Medicare Program: Continued Action Required to Address Weaknesses in Provider and Supplier Enrollment Controls, GAO-16-703T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016. Prisoner Operations: United States Marshals Service Could Better Estimate CostContinue Reading

ADR in Cyberspace

de Werra, Jacques, ADR in Cyberspace: The Need to Adopt Global Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms For Addressing the Challenges of Massive Online Micro-Justice (May 23, 2016). Forthcoming, Swiss Review of International & European Law. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2783213 “This paper discusses the potential of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for solving Internet-related disputes andContinue Reading

Texas Immigration Court Leads US in Issuing Removal Orders

“Immigration Court judges have issued 44,204 removal orders during the first seven months of fiscal year 2016, according to the latest available court data. Texas leads the nation with 10,102 removal orders issued so far this fiscal year, over one fifth (22.9%) of the total. Next is California with 7,056 followed by Georgia with 3,698Continue Reading

CBO Report – H.R. 3713, Sentencing Reform Act of 2015

“H.R. 3713 would amend federal law to change the prison sentences associated with certain offenses. Based on information provided by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would reduce the cost of incarcerating offenders and would lead to a reduction in discretionary costs to DOJContinue Reading

Penal Welfare and the New Human Trafficking Intervention Courts

Gruber, Aya and Cohen, Amy J. and Mogulescu, Kate, Penal Welfare and the New Human Trafficking Intervention Courts (May 6, 2016). Florida Law Review, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2776870 “In the fall of 2013, New York State’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, announced a “revolutionary” statewide initiative to create and implement Human Trafficking InterventionContinue Reading

The Post-Riley Search Warrant: Search Protocols and Particularity in Cell Phone Searches

The Post-Riley Search Warrant: Search Protocols and Particularity in Cell Phone Searches, Adam M. Gershowitz · Apr-19-2016 · 69 Vand. L. Rev. 585 (2016) “Last year, in Riley v. California, the Supreme Court required police to procure a warrant before searching a cell phone. Unfortunately, the Court’s assumption that requiring search warrants would be “simple”Continue Reading

The Fourth Amendment in the Information Age

Robert S. Litt, The Fourth Amendment in the Information Age, 126 YALE L.J. F. 8 (2016), http://www.yalelawjournal.org/forum/fourth-amendment-information-age. “To badly mangle Marx, a specter is haunting Fourth Amendment law—the specter of technological change. In a number of recent cases, in a number of different contexts, courts have questioned whether existing Fourth Amendment doctrine, developed in anContinue Reading

Empirical Analyses of Judicial Opinions: Methodology, Metrics and the Federal Circuit

Rantanen, Jason, Empirical Analyses of Judicial Opinions: Methodology, Metrics and the Federal Circuit (May 3, 2016). Connecticut Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2774307 “Despite the popularity of empirical studies of the Federal Circuit’s patent law decisions, a comprehensive picture of those decisions has only recently begun to emerge. Historically, the literature has largely consistedContinue Reading

Judge Merrick Garland: His Jurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court

CRS Report via FAS – Judge Merrick Garland: His Jurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court. Andrew Nolan, Coordinator, Legislative Attorney; Kate M. Manuel, Coordinator, Legislative Attorney; Brandon J. Murrill, Coordinator, Legislative Attorney. April 27, 2016. “On March 16, 2016, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for theContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Evolutions in DNA Forensics

Via LLRX.com – Evolutions in DNA Forensics – Criminal law expert Ken Strutin’s new article is yet another research tour de force – a collection of recent and notable developments concerning DNA as forensic science, metric of guilt, herald of innocence, and its emerging place in the debate over privacy and surveillance. The increasing useContinue Reading