Boalt Hall Dean Resigns

The Dean of Berkeley’s Boalt Hall school of law has resigned after allegations that he sexually harassed a former student, according to this. It says that “students checking their lockers Wednesday found a memo from John P. Dwyer saying he was resigning as dean and as a professor ‘with profound sadness.'” UPDATE: Here’s more about this (somewhat cryptic) story. Here’s another update, though still without much new substantively. UPDATE: (12/2/02): Here come the salacious details . . . .

Death By Hacking?

This article discusses a worrisome bit of language in the newly-signed 484-page Homeland Security Bill that provides a sentence of up to life in prison for “cyber murder.”

California Declines Jurisdiction Over Texas Website

The California Supreme Court held today, in a four-to-three decision, that California does not have personal jurisdiction over a Texan defending intentional tort claims regarding his posting of reverse-engineered DVD encryption codes on a passive website. He had no connection to California, but did admit knowing that the information he posted could harm DVD copyright owners, the majority of whom he knew to be operating in California. The decision, Pavlovich v. Superior Court, says that’s not enough to drag him into court in California, though it does note that “[o]ur decision today does not foreclose [plaintiff from suing Pavlovich] . . . . Pavlovich may still face the music�just not in California.” (The link above is to an Adobe Acrobat version of the opinion. For plain text, try here instead.)

“A Glimpse Into His [Bin Laden’s] Mind”

Britain’s The Guardian has published a translation of what is purported to be a letter from Bin Laden “explaining” his position regarding killing non-Muslim civilians. I don’t vouch for its authenticity, and I hesitate to spread his propaganda (as if anyone reads this site . . . .), but it makes a chilling (and lengthy) read. Kind of reminds me of Ted Kozinski’s anti-technology screed . . . .

California’s July Bar Exam Results Just In

I had drinks tonight with several friends who were waiting for their results. They scurried away furtively to check the ‘net at the stroke of 6:00 p.m., when results were to be published. I remember my own evening of painful waiting some years ago . . . . According to the California State Bar, just a hair more than half (50.5%) passed the latest exam. Full statistics are available here. Congratulations to those who passed. To those who didn’t, you have plenty of company. Buck up, and try again in February.