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Supreme Court Justice uses link shortener in decision

Via Fortune after Josh Blackman’s blog posting on this subject: “A Supreme Court decision got huge attention this week for a stinging dissent by Justice Sotomayor that some have called the court’s “Black Lives Matter” moment. But the decision is also significant because it contains a strange short phrase — No, that’s not a… Continue Reading

Federal Court: The Fourth Amendment Does Not Protect Your Home Computer

Via EFF, Mark Rumold: “In a dangerously flawed decision unsealed today, a federal district court in Virginia ruled that a criminal defendant has no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in his personal computer, located inside his home. According to the court, the federal government does not need a warrant to hack into an individual’s computer. This… Continue Reading

Continued Decline in Patent Lawsuits

“The latest available data from the federal courts show that during the first eight months of fiscal year 2016 the government reported the filing of 3,478 patent-related lawsuits. If this pace continues through the remaining four months, there will be a total of 5,217 new filings of this type. This represents a decrease of 6.2… Continue Reading

The Appointment Process for U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations: An Overview

CRS report via FAS – The Appointment Process for U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations: An Overview, Denis Steven Rutkus, Visiting Scholar. June 17, 2016. “In recent decades, the process for appointing judges to the U.S. circuit courts of appeals and the U.S. district courts has been of continuing Senate interest. The responsibility for making… Continue Reading

New Indian Child Welfare Act Guidelines for State Courts

Via Carol Ebbinghouse – Federal Register, Vol 81, No. 114, p. 38778 Tuesday June 14, 2016.  Part 2, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 25 CFR Part 23 [K00103 12/13 A3A10; 134D0102DR­ DS5A300000-DR.5A311.1A000113] RIN 1076-AF25 Indian Child Welfare Act Proceedings. This final rule adds a new subpart to the Department of the Interior’s… Continue Reading

CRS INSIGHT U.S. Circuit Court Vacancies: Overview and Comparative Analysis

Barry J. McMillion, Analyst in American National Government. “This Insight provides comparative historical data related to U.S. circuit court vacancies that existed at the beginning of the three most recent presidencies (Obama, George W. Bush, Clinton), as well as the number of vacancies that existed on June 1 of each President’s eighth year in office.… Continue Reading

UN Report – ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis in Syria

United Nations Human Rights Council – “ISIS has committed the crime of genocide as well as multiple crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Yazidis, thousands of whom are held captive in the Syrian Arab Republic where they are subjected to al most unimaginable horrors. The present report, which focuses on violations committed in… Continue Reading

Court decision upholds net neutrality rules

“For the third time in seven years, we confront an effort by the Federal Communications Commission to compel internet openness—commonly known as net neutrality—the principle that broadband providers must treat all internet traffic the same regardless of source. In our first decision, Comcast Corp. v. FCC, 600 F.3d 642 (D.C. Cir. 2010), we held that… Continue Reading

Government Regulatory Prosecutions Fall to Record Low

“The latest case-by-case data from the Justice Department show that in April 2016 there were 76 new prosecutions for government regulatory matters. This is the lowest count in this program category for a single month since October 1998, the start of TRAC’s monthly time series. Government regulatory prosecutions have fallen 17 percent from the same… Continue Reading

WNYC Radiolab Presents: More Perfect Podcast – examines Supreme Court cases

“Radiolab‘s first ever spin-off series, More Perfect, dives into the rarefied world of the Supreme Court to explain how cases deliberated inside hallowed halls affect lives far away from the bench. Produced by WNYC Studios.” Continue Reading

FindLaw – 9th Circuit: No 2nd Am. Right to Concealed Firearms in Public

Via FindLaw – “The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that citizens do not have a Second Amendment right to carry concealed firearms in public. The California federal court that covers states Arizona, Nevada, Oregon Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii as well found that laws requiring gun owners to show “good cause” for… Continue Reading

Human Responsibility, Not Legal Personhood, for Nonhuman Animals

Cupp, Richard L., Focusing on Human Responsibility Rather than Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals (2016). 33 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 517 (2016); Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17. Available for download at SSRN. “This essay supports an emphasis on evolving standards of human responsibility for animals’ welfare and critiques the concept of legal… Continue Reading