There was a very interesting oral argument concerning a Virginia law prohibiting cross burning at the Supreme Court today. Read an excellent account of it by (yeah, I know . . . ) Dahlia Lithwick at Slate here. Read some interesting quotations from the arguments provided by the AP here (may require registration). And, while you’re at it, you can read law.com’s coverage of the argument too.
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Here’s a longish article discussing the recent lawsuits against McDonalds and others alleging that their products caused plaintiffs’ obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. I found it quite interesting — especially concerning the similarities to and differences from the tobacco litigation.
The 69-page opinion contradicts the Fifth Circuit and an Opinion of the U.S. Attorney General. Lining up the ducks for Supreme Court review? Read an article about the opinion here, or read the opinion itself (PDF format).
Okay. I admit that this story has nothing to do with law. But it was so bizarre that I just had to link to Reuters’ coverage of it.
Read Dahlia Lithwick’s report on the oral arguments at the Supreme Court on this issue today. (Sometimes even I start to think that this blog is little more than a mirror site to Lithwick’s Supreme Court reporting on Slate. But you’ve got to admit: She’s good, baby. Damn good!) UPDATE: Read CNN’s somewhat less amusing (but still interesting) report on the arguments here.
A Federal District Court Judge in Chicago awarded $1 million in damages and $10 million in punitives each to 46 male college athletes who were secretly taped in their locker rooms, restrooms, and showers. The defendants were eight companies and three individuals who marketed the videos on the internet at sites advertising “hot younger dudes.” ESPN is reporting on it here.
The prosecution has asked for 3 years probation and $26k in restitution and fines at the sentencing hearing this Friday Dec. 6 on Winona Ryder’s shoplifting conviction. The Sentencing Memorandum also reveals for the first time that Winona had eight (count ’em, eight!) different kinds of narcotic pain killers on her when arrested. (I personally require a maximum of only six pain killers, all labeled “Budweiser,” even on bad days.) (Thanks to thesmokinggun for the link.)