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The lawsuit that shoulda, coulda been

“All The Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas Layin’ In The Sun, Talkin’ ‘Bout The Things They Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Done.” — Shel Silverstein Nearly two weeks ago, in Ortega v. City of New York, 2007 N.Y. Slip Op. 07741, the New York State Court of Appeals ...

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Intellectual Subway 101

If there’s an intellectual highway, there’s also an intellectual subway. — Stanley Crouch Robert L. Birmingham, a professor for the University of Connecticut School of Law, recently caused quite a stir when he showed a video clip from a film ...

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Whose morals must we enforce≠

Two weeks ago the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, issued its decision in In re Bobbijean P., 2007 WL 2812608. At issue in the case was the legality of Monroe County Family Court Judge Marilyn O’Connor’s order requiring the appellant, a ...

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Is the pen mightier than the sword≠

“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” —Terry Pratchett In the aftermath of the tragic Virginia Tech shootings, school district and law enforcement officials across the country reacted ...

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A travesty of justice

The Duke rape case had the makings of a front-page news story from the very start. The allegations were shocking and the underlying facts were salacious enough to result in the predictable media frenzy that followed. It seemed everyone had ...

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