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MSBA Legal News Digest

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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I grew up in a family of die-hard Minnesota Vikings fans. Every aunt, uncle, cousin, you name it, all Vikings nuts. But then my brother, at the wee age of 6 (yes, 6) proclaimed to the clan that he liked the Chicago Bears. Jaws dropped, stern lectures were delivered, bribery was even tried, but to this day my brother is still a Bears fan. No matter which NFL team is your favorite, or even if you don't particularly care for the sport, you'll find plenty of interesting football law-related stories in this week's edition of LND.

Minnesota Legal News

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  • Obscure law helps transform a Minneapolis regional park: Star Tribune
  • TCE lawsuit inches on, Como organizes outreach: Minnesota Daily
  • Committee approves police body camera study: KARE 11
  • Judge Splits Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Into 2 Phases: CBS Minnesota
  • General Motors Investigation Expands, Local Victim's Family Grows Frustrated: KAAL-TV
  • Plus: Adrian Peterson's First Court Hearing Delayed To Oct.; and Appeal fails, so Minneapolis treehouse must come down

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Bar and Association News

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Legal Blogs

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  • UAS: Don't You Just Love College Football: Plane-ly Spoken
  • Is Android Safe Enough for Attorneys to Use? Droid Lawyer
  • Fantasy Football: A Real and Present Danger to the Workplace? CT Employment Law Blog
  • Judicial Seats on the Ballot — And What Attorneys Should Do: Minnesota Litigator
  • Minimum-Wage Fights Create Rift Among Cheerleaders: Wall Street Journal Blog
  • Plus: The Posse Comitatus Act, Unlawful Surveillance, and the Exclusionary Rule; and Hitch Your Niche To Another Law Firm

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The Profession

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  • Sarah Deer, professor at William Mitchell College of Law, wins $625,000 'genius grant': Star Tribune
  • Gov. Dayton Appoints Four to Fill First Judicial District Vacancies: Office of the Minnesota Governor
  • Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, On The Evolution Of Legal Consumers: Forbes
  • Arkansas judge loses job over online comments about actress Charlize Theron: CNN
  • How judges make decisions: MinnPost
  • Tell it to the judge? Heck, this Minnesota judge is filing suit himself: Star Tribune
  • Plus: Minnesota Judicial Branch Celebrates Constitution Day with Online Video and Educational Resources; and Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules Published for Public Comment

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National Legal News

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  • Philip Morris sues Uruguay over graphic cigarette packaging: National Public Radio
  • Mississippi Death Row Case Faults Bite-Mark Forensics: New York Times
  • Baseball Caught Looking as Fouls Injure 1,750 Fans a Year: Bloomberg
  • Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia: Associated Press
  • Breaking down legal system's next steps in Peterson child injury case: Sports Illustrated
  • Plus: Airman denied reenlistment for refusing to say 'so help me God'; and Ginsburg: Watch 6th Circuit on gay marriage

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