Archive for the ‘legal news’ Category

  • Methow Valley Cabin Fight Brings Property Rights Issues Into Focus

    Seattle architect Tom Kundig built a cabin on a ridge near Mazama, causing a groundswell of outrage among valley property owners. While other Methow Valley areas have the controversial “Ridge Buster” homes, Mazama prides itself on preserving and respecting the natural landscape. Residents have called the cabin “an extended third finger,” a “boil,” a “blight” […] Read more...
  • Justice Scalia Gets His Facts Wrong??

    In what Berkley law professor Daniel Farber termed a “cringeworthy mistake” Justice Scalia attributed the position of the trucking industry to the EPA is his dissent in the EPA v. EME Homer City Generation L.P. case. From the Volohk Conspiracy website: “Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan H. Adler notes the irony. “The worst […] Read more...
  • Families of Inmates Now Can Have Free Video Visits via the Public Law Library of King County

    From the King County Law Library’s Press Release: Inmates with family support during incarceration are less likely to reoffend, according to the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC). One of the family support programs offered through the DOC allows for video visits with inmates at most facilities, at a cost of $12.95 for a thirty-minute visit. […] Read more...
  • Do Comedians Have Legal Recourse for Joke Stealing?

    Apparently not.  Slate has an interesting discussion of the long history of joke stealing going back to the oldest known humor book, Philogelos from the 4th century. Two law professors even managed to get a scholarly piece out of the topic.  See Dotan Oliar and Christopher Spirgman, There’s No Free Laugh (Anymore): The Emergence of […] Read more...
  • April is Poetry Month!

    The D. A. was ready His case was red-hot.  Defendant was present His witness was not. He prayed one day’s delay From His honor the judge.  But his plea was not granted The Court would not budge. So the jury was empanelled All twelve good and true But without his main witness What could the […] Read more...
  • Debate Map: Russia’s Use of Force in Ukraine

    Oxford University Press is hosting a webpage that looks at the arguments surrounding the use of force in both the international and domestic context. Read more...
  • SCOTUS Ruling a Blow for Rails to Trails

    The US Supreme Court’s 8-1 ruling in favor of a Wyoming land owner fight the conversion of an abandoned rail track into part of the Medicine Bow Rail Trail.  Justice Sotomayor, lone dissenter in Marvin Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, said: “By changing course today, the Court undermines the legality of thousands of miles […] Read more...
  • Should Rap Lyrics Be Allowed As Evidence?

    With the increasing reliance of police detectives and prosecutors on boastful rap lyrics to arrest and prosecute suspects, courts are having to determine how these lyrics should be treated in court.  Prosecutors argue that the lyrics are essentially confessions but others say that the lyrics use creative license to describe life in ridden areas.  As […] Read more...
  • New RPC on Unethical Use of Immigration Status in Civil Matters

    Washington has a new rule of professional conduct that prohibits harassment, intimidation or coercion of litigants based on immigration status. To read more about the background and the inception of RPC 4.4(a) see the Northwest Lawyer article. Read more...
  • The Curious Silence of Clarence Thomas

    According to New Yorker reporter Jeffrey Toobin, “As of this Saturday, February 22nd, eight years will have passed since Clarence Thomas last asked a question during a Supreme Court oral argument. His behavior on the bench has gone from curious to bizarre to downright embarrassing, for himself and for the institution he represents.” Toobin offers […] Read more...