From the monthly archives: October 2013

Halloween Laws and Sex Offenders

On October 31, 2013 By Jacqueline Meyers

This Halloween, children across the country will participate in the longstanding tradition of trick-or-treating. American children have donned costumes and collected candy from neighbors since the 1940s. By the 1960s, tales of poisoned and tampered-with treats made headlines and added an extra spook-factor to the holiday. In recent [...]

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Last year, Atlanta Braves fans watched in horror as the St. Louis Cardinals benefitted from a controversial “infield fly” call in the National League Wild Card game which effectively ended the Braves’ eighth-inning comeback. The Cardinals went on to win 6-3, but their victory was largely overshadowed by the public [...]

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“Hail to the Redskins! Hail Victory! Braves on the warpath! Fight for old D.C.!” Many fans of the NFL’s Washington Redskins know the team’s fight song by heart, though it has undergone changes since its debut in 1938 as a result of controversial, and arguably offensive, lyrics. The team’s name has also long been mired [...]

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Swathi Padmanabhan’s (’13) Note, Hacking for Lulz: Employing Expert Hackers to Combat Cyber Terrorism, cited in federal court.

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Facebook: Moving Forward with Violence

On October 28, 2013 By Sarah Robbins

Facebook announces a more “holistic” approach to removing violent media (despite outright ban on nudity/drugs/etc.).

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On October 28, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

NSA accused of spying on Germany; Idaho fed. court takes the word ‘hacking’ a bit too literally; Cheney’s defibrillator security

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Where’s Atticus When You Need Him?

On October 25, 2013 By Philip Houten

Harper Lee, the 87-year-old author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is suing a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama to stop it from selling souvenirs with her name and the title of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book. The complaint alleges that the museum seeks to capitalize on [...]

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Do Supreme Court Justices Dream of Electric Sheep?

On October 24, 2013 By Thomas Hayden

Back in June, the Supreme Court decided Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, 569 U.S. ___, 133 S. Ct. 2107 (2013) (which we previously wrote about here). Myriad was a unanimous decision in which the Court ruled that naturally occurring isolated DNA cannot be patented, but that [...]

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Almost Half of Supreme Court Links Don’t Work

On October 23, 2013 By Michael Griffin

It should come as no surprise that Supreme Court Justices are not the most tech-savvy bunch. After all, they still haven’t “really gotten into email.” But maybe that’s for the best. In at least one instance, the Court’s foray into new technology has been shaky.

According to a new study [...]

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Shares of Arian Foster? Not Quite.

On October 22, 2013 By Emily Gabranski

This week Fantex announced the newest public investment option made possible by the JOBS Act of 2012 [PDF]: stock in professional athletes. Arian Foster of the Houston Texans will be the first athlete to sell shares of his future earnings to the public. According to the Prospectus filed with the SEC [...]

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