Souter donates papers, blocks access for 50 years

    The Blog of Legal Times: “The New Hampshire Historical Society has announced that retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter is donating his personal and professional papers to the society. But don’t book travel to New Hampshire quite yet to take a peek; Souter has placed an extraordinarily long restriction on public access to his papers, barring anyone — researchers, historians, friends, journalists — from viewing the material for 50 years. That’s a lengthier seal than any justice has placed on papers in recent memory.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: legaltimes.typepad.com

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National Organization for Marriage targets Iowa

Japan: “Political shift gives hope to gays”

    The Japan Times: “The nation’s gay and lesbian community, which has long been calling for an antidiscrimination law to protect their rights, has seen similar bills proposed and scrapped in the Diet for nearly a decade. The likelihood that the Democratic Party of Japan, the last party to submit such a bill, will dominate the powerful House of Representatives in an alliance with the Social Democratic Party, which speaks out for homosexual rights, has raised hopes that the inertia may at last be overcome.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

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Australia: Interstate abortion seekers face ban

Kenyan Christians and Muslims in a tangle over schools

China moves to cut use of executed inmates’ organs

“Gay clergy: The state of the debate, 2009″

    Religion Link: “A contentious season of conventions, debates and votes on the role of gays and lesbians in the churches has left the American religious landscape altered in significant ways. This edition of ReligionLink provides an update on the state of the debate, with resources for covering what will remain a disputed issue.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.religionlink.com

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Nueces County Votes on Potential Planned Parenthood Funding: Free Market Foundation Speaks Out on Funding for Sex Ed

“The School of Salamanca Saw This Coming”: Inflation is Satan’s work

Barney Frank’s online gambling bill likely to be delayed

“The importance of Wisconsin’s domestic registry law”

Cal Thomas: National Suicide

    Cal Thomas writes at Townhall: “Perhaps politicians think they will never be held accountable three generations from now because they won’t be around to explain to those not yet born why they refused to stop our financial hemorrhaging.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: townhall.com

A ‘Lost Year’ for 2Ls: About Half of BigLaw Jobs Are Gone

“ACLU Urges Florida Appellate Court To Affirm Ruling Striking Florida Law Barring Gay People From Adopting”

NH court orders home-schooled child into government-run school

Secret CPC Directive Calls for the Dismantling of Six House Churches in Beijing

Prayer Under Fire in North Texas City

Monkeys born from eggs that got DNA transplant

Chuck Colson on health care and religious freedom: Forced to choose?

Colombian Government Fights to Open Abortionist “Women’s Clinic” with Millions in Public Money

‘In the Womb’ is Now on the Net: Amazing 4-D Footage of Growing Baby

California: Privatization of Public Schools

“Maine Marriage Campaign Draws Complaint”

Conn. tribes to pay $25M to state for slots use

9th Circuit enacts Miranda-like code for computer search and seizure

White House: Restructure failing schools, close them or restart them.

ECLJ to United Nations: Urge Pakistani Government to Prosecute Acts of Violence Against Christians

Montana pharmacy board takes no action on birth control issue

Sex trafficking, sex slavery, and forced prostitution in Texas

CT: Apple technician finds child porn on man’s computer

Panel recommends Ontario pay for in-vitro treatments, overhaul adoption system

Anchorage Assembly not moving to overturn “gay rights” veto

Central Michigan University: Campus Conservatives RSO status revoked

    Central Michigan Life: “Campus Conservatives is unable to meet as a registered student organization because of outstanding debt owed to Central Michigan University, officials from the Office of Student Life said . . . Campus Conservatives member Dennis Lennox II, a Topinabee senior, confirmed the outstanding charges in question are $220 in fees for uniformed police officers acting as security for David Horowitz when the conservative speaker appeared on campus Oct. 14, 2008. Lennox said Horowitz and his representation requested additional security because of previous threats and attempts at attacking Horowitz, but Campus Conservatives never authorized the security detail or agreed to pay for them.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.cm-life.com

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Florida: Students sent home for anti-Islam t-shirts

GOP Senator Asks Obama To Drop Labor Dept. Pick

German high court proclaims same-sex adoption legal

    The Local (AFP): “The Federal Constitutional Court decided in favour of a woman in the southern city of Schweinfurt who wanted to adopt the now three-year-old child of her female partner, with the consent of the father and social services. The lower court had argued that such a move would be unconstitutional because it placed the rights of the partner of a parent above those of a biological parent. The constitutional court rejected this argument on Tuesday, saying that life partners who assume the role of a parent to a child have the right to formalise that role.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.thelocal.de

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Religious groups have wide latitude for property tax breaks

U.S. Education Secretary Dodges Question on Whether Martin Luther King’s Views on God’s Law Should Be Taught in Public School

Michigan: Suit Will Charge Judge With Improperly Requiring Removal of Hijab

Utah: Salt Lake nondiscrimination effort under fire from state legislature

    Salt Lake Tribune: “For more than a year, Salt Lake City leaders have cataloged cases of discrimination against gay and transgender residents who lost their jobs or their homes — simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. But if the city passes an anti-discrimination ordinance to outlaw such prejudice, state lawmakers are signaling they may shred it when the Legislature convenes in five months.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.sltrib.com

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Inspired by Saul Alinsky, FCC ‘Diversity’ Chief Calls for ‘Confrontational Movement’ to Give Public Broadcasting Dominant Role in Communications

Obama’s FCC to enforce ‘net neutrality’

    The Hill: “The Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to keep the Internet free of increased user fees based on heavy Web traffic and slow downloads. Julius Genachowski, the FCC chairman, told The Hill that his agency will support “net neutrality” and go after anyone who violates its tenets.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Planned Parenthood submits correction plan following South Dakota ruling

3rd Circuit: Abortion protestors can’t block handicapped ramp

Croatia’s strict sex education gets green light

European committee upholds pro-abstinence sex education program

Anti-marriage case thrown out

    CitizenLink: “On Monday, a U.S. District judge threw out a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on a technicality. DOMA defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman . . . Brian Raum, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, said he’s confident, no matter what happens, that DOMA will stand. ‘Marriage is not just any two people in a committed relationship,’ he said. ‘Americans understand and believe that there’s more to marriage than that.’”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.citizenlink.org

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Judge dismisses DOMA challenge

    Christianity Today: “A judge dismissed a California gay couple’s lawsuit claiming that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, a week after U.S. Justice Department lawyers defended the law . . . Brian Raum, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group that has joined the government in defending the federal marriage law, said Carter was right to dismiss the case on procedural grounds. The federal government cannot be sued in state courts, Raum said.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: blog.christianitytoday.com

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Drama in Moscow court over lesbian “marriage”

Fla. students sent home over for shirts on Islam

Gov. would OK law change for Kennedy successor

“Fla. gay adoption ban goes to appeals court”

Senate loses liberal lion: Kennedy dead at 77

F.T.C. to Assess Business of News

Gulliver’s Troubled Travels, or the Conundrum of Comparative Law

    Catherine A. Rogers, Gulliver’s Troubled Travels, or the Conundrum of Comparative Law (August, 25 2009). George Washington International Law Review, Vol. 67, No. 149, 1998. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1461646

    “this Review Essay argues that Ugo Matttei’s “Comparative Law and Economics” and Yves Dezalay and Bryant Garth’s “Dealing in Virtue: International Commercial Arbitration and the Construction of a Transnational Legal Order,” offer a meaningful response to these critiques. By employing the methods and theories of Law and Economics and Law and Sociology, respectively, these books introduce to their comparative law analysis a degree of objectivity that critics argue has been lacking from traditional approaches to comparative law. Finally, the Review Essay argues for the utility of testing hypotheses developed through “Law and …” methodologies by comparisons with other legal systems.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Needs, Rights, and the Human Family: Human Vulnerability and the Concept of Needs-Based Rights

    Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, Needs, Rights, and the Human Family: Human Vulnerability and the Concept of Needs-Based Rights (August 25, 2009). Emory Law and Economics Research Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1461459

    “This paper contrasts the constitutional jurisprudence of the United States regarding positive or welfare rights with their broader acceptance in other peer nations and in international law. It focuses particularly on resistance within the U.S. to ratification of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been ratified by every other nation except Somalia. The author concludes that shared human vulnerability, which is present throughout life but especially salient in childhood, is the essential reality that undergirds the concept of needs-based rights and is a more useful starting point for thinking about rights than the notion of autonomy or individualism.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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New Groups and Old Doctrine: Rethinking Congressional Power to Enforce the Equal Protection Clause

    William D. Araiza, New Groups and Old Doctrine: Rethinking Congressional Power to Enforce the Equal Protection Clause (August, 25 2009). Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 159. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1461447

    This Article considers the Supreme Court’s current approach to judicial review of federal legislation enforcing the Equal Protection Clause. It starts from the assumption that the Court will not abandon the judicial supremacy principle it expressed in City of Boerne v. Flores; thus, any approach to congressional enforcement power must accommodate that supremacy.


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Judicial Regimes and Same-Sex Marriage: Enforcing Judicially Determined Personal Autonomy at the Expense of Majoritarian Democracy

    Thomas Burrell, Judicial Regimes and Same-Sex Marriage: Enforcing Judicially Determined Personal Autonomy at the Expense of Majoritarian Democracy (May 31, 2009). Ohio Northern University Law Review, Vol. 35, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1374077

    “In this article, the author discusses the Marriage Cases opinion issued by the California Supreme Court in May of 2008. In that decision, a majority of the justices of the California Supreme Court concluded that the California Constitution requires affording the designation of marriage to same-sex couples. Though the article focuses on California, the article is equally applicable to other opinions discussing same-sex marriage. The paper is quite timely in light of the recent decision concerning the validity of Proposition 8 and the federal challenge to Proposition 8. (The views expressed in the article do not necessarily represent the views of the agency or the U.S.)”


  • Posted: 08/26/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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