15. September 2011 11:20
Have you ever flashed your headlights to warn other drivers about a speed trap? Is it legal to flash your headlights? If it is illegal does this law violate your constitutional right to freedom of speech? One man in Florida believes that the ticket he received for flashing his headlights is a violation of his right to free speech. Read all about the suit he has filed here.
If you are interested in viewing your first amendment rights take the following steps.
1) Log onto LexisNexis
2) Make sure the Legal tab is selected
3) Select view more next to Federal Legal – U.S.
4) Select USCS – United States Code Service: Code, Const, Rules, Conventions & Public Laws
5) You can now expand the sections in the Table of Contents, start with:
a. Constitution of the United States of America
c. Amendment 1
d. Religious and political freedom (part 1 of 4)
e. Start reading
You can also read the first amendment by looking at a book or locating it on Westlaw.
27. July 2011 08:46
For all you Star Wars fans... and those interested in copyright law and/or British law...
The prop designer who created the Storm Trooper helmets has won the battle against Lucasfilm in a copyright case in the UK. He can continue to sell the helmets in the UK, just not the US.
Read all about it here from the BBC.
Hat tip to Slashdot and TechCrunch for alerting me to this story.
26. July 2011 08:33
The US Courts website produced these videos of three Judges in Chicago on their path to the Federal Bench. Each is a different story and all are worth watching. Link
14. June 2011 11:08
The use of mobile devices for legal research and law practice continues to grow. The perspective of one Judge shows how technology is changing the law inside chambers and from the bench. More at the iPhone JD blog.
13. May 2011 13:36
An article today from the legal blog Justia called, On PACER and FDSys, points to a recent press release from the US Courts website that describes a pilot project of 12 courts that will provide free public access to court opinions through FDSys (the search engine for government documents). The article also has an excellent explanation of what you can search for on PACER, and discusses how PACER is not exactly free.
The pilot project does not include any courts in Arizona, but hey, at least they're trying!
Those who have taken my SRU workshop on FireFox Legal Add-ons will be especially interested in this development, and how it could effect RECAP!
Picture from MorgueFile