A regularly updated guide to random legal news that I find interesting -- and hope you will too. And links! Always links!


Friday, April 11, 2003

Best and Worst State Courts for Business discusses and links to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's recent Harris poll on the subject. Best states are Delaware, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Indiana. The worst are Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas.
Can Employers Be Liable For Unsolicited Porn Spam?

This article from CNET says that if employees have complained about dirty spam and the employer fails to take action to filter it, it might qualify as evidence of a "hostile work environment."
Bush Nominates Bea for Ninth Circuit Judgeship

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Carlos Bea was nominated for the Ninth Circuit today by President Bush, it says here.

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Mailman Banned From Taking Dog to Work

WeirdOfTheNews is linking to touching pet stories now??? What am I turning into? USA Today? Fuckin' Parade? Find out here.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

"Something To Offend Everybody"

Read the latest musings of California appellate Justice William W. Bedsworth here. Justice Bedsworth's interesting column is perhaps best described as what Dave Barry would write if he was a judge.
Jackpot Judgments

The Christian Science Monitor has just published this commentary on the recent Supreme Court decision limiting punitive damages awards.
Record $5.5M Accord Reached in Doctor Harass Case

"Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn has agreed to pay nearly $5.5 million to settle a sexual harassment case in which a hospital doctor allegedly subjected more than 50 female employees to invasive touching and intrusive questions about their sex life during mandatory physical exams. It is the largest sexual harassment settlement ever in New York state, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, whose New York office brought the case," The New York Law Journal reports here.
Foes of Limits on Sentence Departures Make Headway

As mentioned earlier below (see post on April 3), the amendment in question, introduced by Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla., was passed by the House as part of a popular bill to expand the Amber Alert system, which warns the public of child abductions. "The growing rancor among judges and defense attorneys stems not only from the contents of the legislation, but what opponents say is an attempt by the U.S. Department of Justice to ram the provisions through Congress without input from the federal judiciary, bar associations, or the Sentencing Commission." Now opposition to the amendment is growing, reports here.
Information Chief Unshakable as Baghdad Falls Around Him

"Every recent war has created its share of media stars, but the most unlikely star to emerge from this one may be the quixotic Iraqi minister of information, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf," the San Francisco Chronicle says here.

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Ky. Suspect Jailed 15 Years Without Trial

Sherman Noble was charged with murdering four men in the 1980s. Since then, "a revolving cast of judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys have debated his mental competency." Now he's moving to have the charges dismissed on speedy trial grounds. Meanwhile, he remains in Jefferson County Jail, the AP reports here.
Teacher Sues Student Over Hall Collision

A New Jersey second grade teacher is suing an eleven year old for bumping into her in the hall, according to this.
Lawyers Unionize, Vote to Join the Teamsters

"In what is believed to be a first in the private legal profession, a group of disgruntled lawyers in Arizona have unionized over pay and working conditions, designating the Teamsters as their collective bargaining unit," reports here.
N.C. Supreme Court Hears Potentially Historic Death Row Appeal

The case considers whether the "short form" indictments used for more than 100 years in North Carolina are invalid because they fail to include the aggravating factors that warrant the death penalty in capital cases. A favorable ruling could affect all of the state's condemned prisoners, the AP reports here.
"Texas-Size Award For Wrongful Death"

The jury awarded $164 million to the family of a worker killed by an exploding tire. The family had only sought $39 million, it says here.
The Attorney, Unemployed

"The Labor Department says that white-collar unemployment is the highest it's ever been, nearly 9 percent. For lawyers, at 1.2 percent, it's the highest since 1997," it says here.

Sunday, April 06, 2003

Judges Struggle on Campaign Finance Reform

A specially appointed panel of three federal judges has had a case testing the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold law under submission since December, with no opinion in sight. The case will almost certainly proceed to the Supreme Court, and the current delay threatens chaos in the 2004 presidential and congressional elections, the Washington Post reports here.


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