Check it Out: A Cry in the Dark

A Cry in the Dark is the story of a mother, Lindy Chamberlain (Meryl Streep) who witnesses a wild dog carrying off her infant, and is charged with the murder of her child. Lindy endures a trial by court and persecution from the media as she maintains her innocence.

A Case for Exempting Minors from Prosecution for Prostitution in Washington State

The June issue of the Northwest Lawyer includes a persuasive article by Debra Boyer which argues that the criminal code should exempt minors from prosecution for prostitution offenses. The article describes state laws, policies, and reports about domestic minor sex trafficking.

Check it Out: Guilty as Sin

Guilty as SinA prosperous criminal attorney, Jennifer Haines (Rebecca De Mornay), represents a suave playboy David Greenhill (Don Johnson) who is accused of murdering his rich, socialite wife. Check out Guilty as Sin from the law library.

Today in Legal History: Statue of Liberty Arrives in New York

The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor on June 19, 1885. The statue was a gift from France to the United States commemorating the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. The 151-foot statue, Liberty Enlightening the World, was designed by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, and was dismantled into 350 pieces to be transported to the United States. The statue took four months to reassemble on Bedloe’s Island where it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy to the nation and the world.

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Featured Database: LegalTrac

Looking for a bar journal article that was published in 1985? There is a good chance that LegalTrac will be able to provide the information. There are over 1.6 million articles in the LegalTrac database. LegalTrac covers 1,400 legal periodicals and law-related topics in over 1,000 business and general interest periodicals. Coverage in LegalTrac begins in 1980 and it extends to the present. The database is an excellent source for current information, as it is updated on a monthly basis. All LegalTrac entries include bibliographical information. Additionally, LegalTrac provides abstracts, full text coverage, and images for some articles.

Interested researchers can access LegalTrac through the SU Law Library website. Information contained in the database can be accessed in a variety of ways. First, there is a traditional search engine, which allows researchers to search phrases by subject, keyword, or in the full text of documents. Next, researchers can search LegalTrac by browsing through different subjects. Finally, researchers can access InfoTrac by browsing through different publication types. The browse by publication tab includes a feature that allows the researcher to sort through different publications by target audience, publication format, and country of publication and language of publication.

LegalTrac is an excellent source of information for researchers looking for articles in both legal periodicals and periodicals on other topics. Using LegalTrac allows the researcher to trace the treatment of a particular topic in both legal and general interest periodicals.

Today in Legal History: Flag Day

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes design for the flag of the United States. While the first national observance of Flag Day occurred on June 14, 1877, the centennial of the adoption of the flag, it was not an official national observance until years later. President Wilson in 1916, and President Coolidge again in 1927, issued proclamations asking for June 14th to be observed as National Flag Day. However, Congress did not approve the national observance until August 3, 1949, and President Truman signed it into law.

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Today in Legal History: Miranda Rights Established

From WikipediaErnesto Miranda’s wrongful conviction led to the landmark case, Miranda v. Arizona (384 U.S. 436). On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court delivered its decision, establishing that before a defendant’s statement to the police can be admitted as evidence, there must be proof that the defendant was informed of his/her right to counsel and against self-incrimination—what is now called the “Miranda Rights.”

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Curious about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?

The Federal Judicial Center site presents the history and scope of this special federal court.

The Non-Dischargeability of Student Loans

A classic research hypothetical given to new law students is “Can debt from student loans be discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding?” After a short amount of research students are horrified to learn that while American Airlines can file for bankruptcy while sitting on $4 billion in the bank, student loan debtors can’t catch a break. A recent 9th Circuit ruling may offer a glimmer of hope.

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Primary Sources

This guide, by Bob Menanteaux, provides step by step instructions as to where to find primary resources (statutes, cases, administrative regulations) in the Law Library.  Also, if a professor wants you to use paper resources to research something, this is the How To Do It guide for you.