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And on the third day, he blawged again.

Yeah, I don’t get it either…but here are their top three MOST EXCITING Supreme Court cases of the upcoming term:

3. Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy v. Stewart: “Does the Eleventh Amendment prohibit an independent state agency established to protect individuals with disabilities from suing state officials in federal court to obtain a court order requiring the officials to comply with federal law?”

2. Skinner v. Switzer: “When a convicted prisoner wishes to sue a state to obtain access to biological evidence for DNA testing, is he required to file a habeas petition or can he file a civil rights suit instead?”

1. Connick v. Thompson: “Can a prosecutor’s office be held liable for the illegal conduct of one of its prosecutors, on the theory that the office failed to adequately train its employees, when there has been only one violation resulting from that deficient training?”


The MacArthur Foundation Genius Awards were announced yesterday.

Occupations that were awarded:

  • Stone Carver
  • Marine Biologist
  • Biomedical Animator
  • Type Designer
  • Quantum Astrophysicist (duh…)
  • Jazz Pianist
  • David Freakin’ Simon who made THE WIRE (HBO)
  • Entomologist
  • And more!

Occupations not awarded a Genius Grant:

  • Lawyer
  • Law Professor
  • Law Student
  • Judge
  • Blawger
  • Paralegal

From the Montreal Gazette via HowAppealing:

Internet ruling that could ‘break the web’ among Supreme Court dockets. In its first direct look at the legal rules governing the Internet, the Supreme Court of Canada will consider this fall whether the common practice of hyperlinking can expose a writer to a lawsuit.  The nine-member bench will also consider whether you can consent to sex when you’re voluntarily choked unconscious and whether the public has the right to know about the daily comings and goings of the prime minister. The cases are among two dozen appeals on a busy autumn docket, which gets underway next week following relatively sparse winter and spring terms.”

We finally might get that perv Scalia interested in using foreign case law!

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Worth a read over at Slate.  As she notes, “It has often seemed that the only people screaming for speedy judicial confirmations are panicked because it’s their judges being blocked.”

But the numbers did surprise me: “There are approximately 850 lower-court federal judgeships, of which more than 100 are currently vacant, while 49 openings in 22 states are classified “judicial emergencies.” Eighty-three of these are on the district courts—the trial courts that decide every important federal question in the country, on issues ranging from civil rights to environmental, economic, privacy, and basic freedoms.”

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The New York Times digs into their investigative reporting budget to bring us this very helpful information (with USA TODAY-LIKE INFOGRAPHS!) about the different drinking habits of NYC suburban commuters.  Hey, LJ readers who take the LIRR — do you really drink Foster’s on the way home?! [via VV]

A Vimeo user documents her lonely Friday night, studying for law school.

Check this story from the NYTimes art section about the superheroes and lawyer-related comic books on display at Yale University’s law library.  A few other superlegal covers at the NYTimes site, too.