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‘Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason’ by Norman S. Poser

When I look at the header that runs across the top of this little blog, with its picture of the first Supreme Court building here in Melbourne,  Crocodile Dundee comes to mind.  “Call that a court? Call the man hidden … Continue reading ?

Campaign Seeks to Dry Out the National Security Agency

10 hours agoNews : Truthdig

“The American surveillance state has an Achilles Heel,” organizers of the OffNow campaign say. “We can thwart mass surveillance without relying on Congress or [the] Supreme Court” by passing legislation that stops “the flow of state supplied water and electricity to federal agencies conducting mass, warrantless surveillance.”

Activist Comics: Constitutional Amendment

The Supreme Court doesn't seem to care about much besides the very richest when it comes to campaign finance law. In the 2010 decision Citizens United vs. FEC, the court ruled that no amount of money can corrupt a politician, hence there...Show More Summary

Jury Awards $186 Million in Pregnancy Bias Case

Pregnancy discrimination has been a visible area in the news recently. The EEOC has focused on this area, and the Supreme Court will look at a pregnancy discrimination claim later this term. To add to this attention, a California jury...

Hazing and hunting on the Supreme Court.

"They hazed me, this is true," Elena Kagan said. They made her head of cafeteria committee:"It's not a very good cafeteria, so this is really just the opportunity they have to kind of haze you all the time. Like, 'Argh, you know, Elena,...Show More Summary

Brooklyn federal judge lauded by Justice Sotomayor

The Supreme Court justice hailed Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis as a 'mensch' during a ceremony marking his elevation in status.

Bludgeoned And Bleeding, Aereo Finally Files For Bankruptcy

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For a moment there, streaming video operator Aereo put on a brave face that it could continue despite last June's Supreme Court ruling against the company. While some interpretations of that ruling seemed to suggest that Aereo couldShow More Summary

Court Won’t Protect Will of South Carolina Voters

By refusing to step in, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in South Carolina. That’s despite overwhelming support for the state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released a statement after the high […]

One-Time Cable Alternative Aereo Goes Bankrupt

Aereo, an online startup that tried to offer a cheaper alternative to cable TV, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection less than five months after an unfavorable ruling by the Supreme Court. The company backed by media mogul Barry Diller allowed people to watch and record broadcast TV online...

MISSISSIPPI: State Supreme Court To Hear Same-Sex Divorce Case

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Associated Press: The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments Jan. 21 from a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. In 2013, DeSoto County Chancery Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. Show More Summary

A Judge Says the NYPD Has to Open Up About Its Spying on Muslims

Despite the best efforts of the New York Police Department, we may soon know more than ever about its systematic efforts to spy on New York City's Muslim population. The state supreme court ordere?d the NYPD on Monday to respond to a...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Now Has 5 Chances to Rule on Marriage Bans

Attorneys for the same-sex couples hoping to overturn Louisiana's ban on marriage equality have petitioned the Supreme Court to hear their case, even before a lower court rules. read more

Hickman Presents Treasury's Retroactivity Today at Miami

Kristin Hickman (Minnesota) presents Treasury's Retroactivity at Miami today as part of its Legal Theory Workshop Series hosted by Leigh Osofsky: In Bowen v. Georgetown University Hospital, the Supreme Court described retroactivity as "not favored in the law" and generally rejected allowing federal administrative agencies to adopt regulations "altering the...

Citing Its Supreme Court Defeat, Aereo Files for Bankruptcy

2 days agoNews : Reason

In June 2014, the tech start-up Aereo, which advertised itself as allowing paid users to "watch live TV online," lost big in a copyright case at the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, in response to what company founder Chet Kanojia called the "regulatory and legal uncertainty" created by the Court's decision, Aereo filed for bankruptcy. Show More Summary

This Week, Political Rhetoric Somehow Became Even Shittier

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Orhan Cam / By this time next year, these streets will be overflowing with shit. It's been a rough month for the relationship between the three branches of government. The Supreme Court announced that they're closing in on Obamacare. Show More Summary

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1. What Larry Summers is thankful for.  And Larry Summers reviews Too Big To Jail, an important book in his view. 2. Trying to predict the Supreme Court. 3. More evidence for The Great Factor Price Equalization. 4. The importance of Great Medieval Thinkers. 5. The liquidity monster that awaits. 6. The Karl Marx credit […]

After Hobby Lobby Ruling, Obama Admin Still Forcing Religious Employers to Obey HHS Mandate

The Supreme Court may have sided with Hobby Lobby in its case against the Obama administration over the pro-abortion HHS mandate, but one leading pro-life group says the Obama administration’s religious discrimination continues. Defending...Show More Summary

The President Has As Much Immigration Authority As Congress Gives Him

The U.S. Supreme Court has had surprisingly little to say about whether the President or Congress has the power to set immigration and deportation policy.

Aereo Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Three years into the innovative TV-streaming company's life, it admits the Supreme Court decision crippled its ability to operate. Now it's time to pick up the pieces and move on.

Aereo files for bankruptcy protection

Aereo Inc., the online video streaming service backed by businessman and Television Hall of Fame member Barry Diller, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday night, five months after an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling.

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