MSBA Legal News Digest

National Legal News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014


  • Behind the Smoking Guns: Inside NYPD's 21st Century Arsenal. In the early morning hours of last Sept. 25, a stocky young man bolted the Bora Bora Lounge in Highbridge, the Bronx, with a gun in his hand and squeezed off seven shots. Go to New York Daily News Header

  • Airbus files patent for saddle seats on planes. For air travelers who like to gripe about being cramped in economy, here comes another warning that they've never had it so good. Go to CNN Header

  • Federal judge's ruling on California death penalty stuns experts. A federal judge's ruling that California's death penalty is unconstitutional was described by legal experts Wednesday [July 17] as stunning and unprecedented. Go to LA Times Header

  • From Banking Paradise to Data Hub. Financial secrecy might soon be a thing of the past, as Switzerland has agreed to share tax information with the OECD and over 300 of its private banks to help the U.S. crack down on tax evaders. Go to OZY Header

  • Judge Gives Green Light To Opt-Out Cases. A U.S. District Court judge last week struck down requests from Visa and MasterCard to have more than 30 merchant cases seeking billions in damages in antitrust cases involving their setting of interchange rates. Go to Header

  • Is FedEx the most widespread drug distribution network in the US? US prosecutors have unveiled allegations that FedEx, despite warnings from the government, acted as the distribution network for illegal online pharmacies that sold restricted drugs, from pain-killers to anti-anxiety medicines, to be used recreationally. Go to Quartz Header

  • Waiting for Dark: Inside Two Anarchists' Quest for Untraceable Money. Wilson and Taaki intend Dark Wallet to be the most user-friendly method yet to spend bitcoins under the cover of anonymity's shadow—without switching to a niche alternative coin or trusting any shady middleman. Go to Wired Header

  • Sales of camp sites throw Girl Scouts into turmoil. When it came time to draw up a budget, one of Iowa's regional Girl Scout councils reviewed its programs and made a proposal that would have been unthinkable a generation ago: selling its last four summer camps. Go to Associated Press Header

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