Google’s April Fools’ prank puts Pokemon in the real world (Albuquerque Journal)

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Washington In-House Legal Departments of the Year

The National Law Journal spotlights D.C. in-house legal teams that are ahead of the pace in outside counsel management, corporate compliance, diversity in the profession, pro bono service and in handling really big deals.


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Egypt court hands down more sentences for Morsi supporters

[JURIST] Egyptian courts over the weekend convicted many supporters of the ousted former president Mohamed Morsi on charges including violence and rioting. According to AFP reports, 13 supporters were sentenced on Saturday and another [AFP reports] 42 on Sunday. Those sentenced on Saturday were convicted of offenses ranging from offending the public order to rioting and sabotage during protests in August 2013. Prison terms for those offenders range from five to 88 years. Sunday saw 42 individuals sentenced to terms…


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Kosovo lawmakers vote to create war crimes court

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Kosovo on Wednesday voted 89-22 to create an EU-backed court that will investigate crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war with Serbia [BBC backgrounder]. The move follows [AP report] international pressure for Kosovo to open a state investigation into civilian killings committed by the rebel side. The court will be based in Kosovo, though most of the work will be carried out in the Netherlands. Similar to the operations of the International Criminal Tribunal…


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Can Feds Use Sarbanes-Oxley to Hook a Fisherman? Supreme Court to Decide

There is something fishy going on with a landmark accounting law. The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether prosecutors can use the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance law, which makes it a crime to destroy records, to target a fisherman for allegedly throwing undersized red grouper overboard to destroy evidence he had illegally harvested fish.


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Legaltronix: A Rating System in the Legal Services Profession

In the structured settlement industry, relationships are very important. We interact with mediators, judges, experts, arbitrators and more, on a daily basis. So, it is extremely helpful to have some background on those experts before we walk into negotiations. On this Ringler Radio podcast, host Larry Cohen welcomes John B. Willcox, Co-founder of Legaltronix, a comprehensive rating system with detailed information on parties involved in litigation. Listen and learn about the benefits of this collaborative tool.


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Florida lawmakers approve bill limiting abortions after ‘viability’

[JURIST] The Florida Senate [official website] approved a bill [press release] Friday that will prevent most abortions after the fetus reaches viability. The legislation would require the doctor to conduct an exam before performing an abortion to determine if the fetus is viable. The bill could reportedly prevent abortions [Florida Times-Union report] as early as the twentieth week of pregnancy. If the bill is signed into law, Florida will join 23 states with similar legislation. The bill will be delivered…


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Mark Woods: New Year’s resolution: Be like Mr. Bob (Florida Times-Union)

Revenge Porn: Criminal Legislation vs. Rights and Freedoms

Six states have passed laws to address revenge porn, but critics say those laws may infringe upon First Amendment rights and subject people to needless criminal prosecution. Critics of anti-revenge porn laws believe the laws as drafted are overly broad, fail to exempt acceptable behavior, and create a chilling effect on otherwise legal expression. On this follow up episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams interview Lee Rowland from the ACLU and Marc Randazza from the Randazza Legal Group. Together we discuss the potentially harmful components of non-consensual porn legislation and consider alternative avenues of redress for victims. Professor Mary Anne Franks of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a proponent of criminalizing revenge porn, joins us for the second half to debate criticisms of these laws. Tune in for a spirited debate about free speech, over-criminalization, and the proper way to address the troubling issue of revenge porn.
For part one of this two-part series, please listen to Revenge Porn: Societal Costs and Legislative Solutions.
Lee Rowland is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Prior to joining the ACLU, she was a voting rights counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice, where she successfully represented the League of Women Voters of Florida and others in constitutional challenges to Florida’s 2011 election law. Rowland previously ran the Reno office of the ACLU of Nevada, where she regularly argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nevada Supreme Court.
Marc Randazza is a First Amendment lawyer for the Randazza Legal Group located in Las Vegas, Nevada. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, he found his passion for the First Amendment while attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Journalism Program. Randazza has law offices in five states and represents both adult entertainment companies and private individuals. He is a regular contributor to news sources such as CNN and Fox News, and is a frequent commentator on legal issues to the international media.
Professor Mary Anne Franks is the Vice President of Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and prior to her teaching career, obtained both her Masters and Ph.D. in Modern Languages and Literature as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. As part of her continuing efforts with the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, she works with state legislatures to draft legislation against non-consensual pornography.
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‘Blood Victory’ In Medical Research Dispute

The Havasupai Native American tribe celebrated Blood Victory Day this week. That’s the anniversary of their legal victory over researchers who misused members’ blood samples without proper consent.

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