Give 16 year old Jessica Ahlquist an “A” for “chutzpa” for being the successful lead plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU against a Cranston Rhode Island school district that forced the district to cover up an eight foot high prayer in the school auditorium. The prayer had been there for 49 years and… Continue reading Atheist Teen Forces School to Remove Prayer From Wall After 49 Years
Today the Supreme Court in United States v. Jones decided that the District of Columbia’s Police Department’s attachment of GPS device to a suspected drug dealer’s car without a proper warrant violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizures. In overturning the conviction of Antoine Jones, who had received a life sentence for… Continue reading Supreme Court Rules Police Attachment of GPS to Car Requires Warrant
The record that launched 10,000 rock bands is at the heart of a new lawsuit filed Wednesday by legendary rock band the Velvet Underground.The band, which emerged from the late ’60s avant garde New York scene, released their debut album “The Velvet Underground and Nico” in 1967 (the greatest year in rock history, BTW). The… Continue reading Battle over a Banana as the Velvet Underground Sues over Iconic Album Cover
In another blow to New Orleans DA Harry Connick (Father of the singer Harry Connick Jr) the US Supreme Court once again found that his office withheld exculpatory evidence from a defendant in a capital murder trial. There is a long history of problems in Connick’s office. In 1995, Esquire photographed him, for a piece… Continue reading Prosecutorial Misconduct Causes US Supreme Court to Overturn Murder Conviction -But Justice Thomas Just Doesn’t Get It.
Congratulations to Gwinnett County School System for winning the coveted Courtroom Strategy Bonehead Legal Move of the Year Award for 2012. I know what your thinking – Oscar its only January How can you possibly award this now? Because I am confident that no application of a governmental rule or law will stop this one… Continue reading Georgia School Shows Zero Tolerance But Plenty of Idiocy
In New York, General Business Law §627-a requires that an automated external defibrillator (AED) be present in health clubs with at least 500 members, along with a trained operator to use it. And now a NY Appellate Court has ruled that this statute also means that the operator has a duty to use the machine… Continue reading Court Rules Gym Owner Could Be Held Liable For Not Using AED