MSBA Legal News Digest

National Legal News | Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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  • Happy birthday, Bill of Rights! Today [Dec 15] we celebrate the anniversary of the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights (ratified December 15, 1791). Here's what you need to know. Go to National Constitution Center Header

  • Families Of Newtown Victims Sue Rifle Manufacturer. Family members of some of the victims of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used by the gunman to kill 26 people. Go to NPR Header

  • US asks French auctioneer to halt sale of Native American items. The United States is calling for a French auctioneer to halt a sale of artefacts made by Native American tribes set for Monday [Dec. 14] and instead help items be returned. Go to France 24 Header

  • Jesse Ventura sues 'American Sniper' publisher HarperCollins. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has filed another lawsuit over "American Sniper," the bestselling autobiography by the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who Ventura claims defamed him in his book. Go to Los Angeles Times Header

  • Supreme Court of Canada: Cops can search your phone upon arrest. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in a 4-3 decision that law enforcement can search someone's phone when they get arrested—but that such a search must be directly connected to that arrest and the officers must keep detailed notes. Go to Ars Technica Header

  • Top court rejects Arizona appeal over abortion drug law. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [Dec. 15] blocked Arizona from enforcing a state law that restricts access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses of RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill." Go to Reuters Header

  • Justices Find No Rights Violation in Officer's Misreading of Law. A police officer can stop a car based on a mistaken understanding of the law without violating the Fourth Amendment, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday [Dec. 15] in an 8-to-1 decision. Go to New York Times Header

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