MSBA Legal News Digest

National Legal News | Wednesday, February 25, 2015


  • A Bid for Guns on Campuses to Deter Rape. As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual assaults. Go to New York Times Header

  • A Whistleblower's Horror Story. This is the age of the whistleblower. From Chelsea Manning to Edward Snowden to the latest cloak-and-dagger lifter of files, ex-HSBC employee Hervé Falciani, whistleblowers are becoming to this decade what rock stars were to the Sixties — pop culture icons, global countercultural heroes. Go to Rolling Stone Header

  • Why Finding A Jury For Death Penalty Cases Is Complicated. Jury selection continues in the trials of the Boston marathon bombing and the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting. The prosecutors in both are seeking the death penalty. The process could take months. Go to National Public Radio Header

  • Openly gay man facing possible jail time refuses jury duty. A Jacksonville man called for jury duty went to the Duval County courthouse Tuesday [Feb. 17] prepared to make a bold move to show his support for same sex marriage. Go to FCN Header

  • Judge Orders Detroit Man to Pay $30,000 in Back Child Support for Child Who Isn't His. Carnell Alexander has been fighting for some time to clear his name, but on Tuesday he was dealt a harsh blow when a judge demanded that he pay $30,000 in back child support for a child whom the courts now know is not his. Go to The Root Header

  • Accomack: Deer dog hunting complaint dismissed. An Accomack County judge dismissed a civil case against members of a club that hunts deer with dogs, but said it appears they are interfering with another club's property rights. Go to Header

  • Prisoners Sentenced to Life as Kids Just Lost Their Best Chance for Freedom. Until recently, the U.S. was the only developed country in the world in which people under 18 could be sentenced to death or to a mandatory sentence of life without parole. For almost a decade, the Supreme Court has chiseled away at laws allowing these sentences. Go to Bloomberg Header

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