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Service offers a better way to search federal court records than PACER

Via Robert Ambrogi – ABA Journal – a snippet of his review of PacerPro – Find Bookmark Download:  “PacerPro provides a clean, modern interface to the PACER system. But PacerPro is more than just lipstick on a pig. It actually improves on the federal site through features such as real-time universal search, aggregated search results andContinue Reading

Confronting Cognitive ‘Anchoring Effect’ and ‘Blind Spot’ Biases in Federal Sentencing

Bennett, Mark W., Confronting Cognitive ‘Anchoring Effect’ and ‘Blind Spot’ Biases in Federal Sentencing: A Modest Solution for Reforming a Fundamental Flaw (July 5, 2014). Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 104, No. 3, p. 489, 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2503423 “Cognitive “anchoring effect” bias, especially related to numbers, like sentencing guidelines ranges,Continue Reading

Commentary – Should the Private Sector Drive PACER?

David Perla, Law Technology News – “An uproar recently erupted in the legal community that raises the question of where the market should expect to rely on the government—and where it should look to private industry. The catalyst for the recent debate was when decades’ worth of public records from five federal courts—the U.S. Court of AppealsContinue Reading

Appeals Court Limits Military Surveillance of Civilian Internet Use

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in United States v. Dreyer that an agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service violated Defense Department regulations and the Posse Comitatus Act when he conducted a surveillance operation in Washington state to identify civilians who might be sharing illegal files. The 1878 Act prevents the U.S.Continue Reading

The Case for Writing International Law into the U.S. Code

Coyle, John F., The Case for Writing International Law into the U.S. Code (September 19, 2014). Boston College Law Review, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2498681 “In recent years, the U.S. judiciary has taken steps to limit the role played by international law in the U.S. legal system. This Article seeks to explain this retreatContinue Reading

Social Security Reform: Legal Analysis of Social Security Benefit Entitlement Issues

CRS – Social Security Reform: Legal Analysis of Social Security Benefit Entitlement Issues. Emily M. Lanz, Legislative Attorney; Thomas J. Nicola, Legislative Attorney. September 17, 2014 “Calculations indicating that the Social Security program will not be financially sustainable in the long run under the present statutory scheme have fueled the current debate regarding Social Security reform. This report addresses selectedContinue Reading

Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

Loek Essers – PC World: “European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitized a book published byContinue Reading

EPIC, Legal Scholars, Technical Experts Urge Federal Appeals Court to Safeguard Telephone “Metadata”

“EPIC has filed an amicus curiae brief, joined by 33 technical experts and legal scholars, in support of a challenge to the NSA telephone record collection program. The case, Smith v. Obama will be heard by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit this fall. Earlier this year, a lower court ruled that the Fourth Amendment does not protectContinue Reading

Violence Policy Center – When Men Murder Women

When Men Murder Women, An Analysis of 2012 Homicide Data. September 2014. “Intimate partner violence against women is all too common and takes many forms. The most serious is homicide by an intimate partner. Guns can easily turn domestic violence into domestic homicide. One federal study on homicide among intimate partners found that female intimate partners areContinue Reading

International Law and Secret Surveillance: Binding Restrictions upon State Monitoring of Telephone and Internet Activity

CDT: “In the year that has followed Edward Snowden’s first disclosures concerning secret US and UK surveillance practices, many governments, human-rights groups, and UN bodies have debated—and at times disagreed sharply—about whether the Internet and telephone surveillance practices that governments employ today are consistent with international law. With a view to informing these discussions, thisContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Will Lawyers Embrace Wearable Tech, And The Future?

Via LLRX.com – Will Lawyers Embrace Wearable Tech, And The Future? Nicole Black predicts that smartwatches will soon be very popular with lawyers as they offer an easy and unobtrusive way to filter only the most important information received on your smartphone. So if you’re expecting a priority email or phone call, you can program your phone toContinue Reading

Regulating Law Enforcement’s Use of Drone: The Need for State Legislation

Smith, Michael L., Regulating Law Enforcement’s Use of Drone: The Need for State Legislation (September 5, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2492374 “The recent rise of domestic drone technology has prompted privacy advocates and members of the public to call for the regulation of the use of drones by law enforcement officers. Numerous states haveContinue Reading