“Just for those few readers of this post who don’t already think about contract law all day long, well, I’ll tell you a secret: there is no contract law.”—Temple Law Professor Dave Hoffman, in this post at Concurring Opinions. Professor Hoffman is @hoffprof on Twitter.
“Ultimately, the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.”—Byron Babione, head of the legal team defending Virginia’s discriminatory marriage law, in a statement responding to the 4th Circuit’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional.
“The government’s bulk warrants, which demand ‘all’ communications and information in 24 broad categories from the 381 targeted accounts, are the digital equivalent of seizing everything in someone’s home. Except here, it is not a single home but an entire neighborhood of nearly 400 homes […] The vast scope of the government’s search and seizure here would be unthinkable in the physical world.”—Facebook Bid to Shield Data From the Law Fails, So Far - NY Times
“I plead guilty to having written the majority opinion (affirmed by the Supreme Court) upholding Indiana’s requirement that prospective voters prove their identity with a photo ID—a type of law now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than of fraud prevention.”—Judge Posner, quoted at Cultivated Compendium
It has come to the defendant’s attention that the plaintiff publicly appears that he does not suffer from PTSD, but rather, lives a fully functional and healthy life, traveling, spending time with his children, and visiting with friends and family.
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The plaintiff has posted photographs of himself on Facebook which were or still are publicly available. However, status posts, many photographs, and other interactions the plaintiff has with his Facebook ‘friends’ is currently private and unavailable for those who are not his friends to see. Additionally, photographs and social network information that the plaintiff has on his cell phone and personal computer are also currently private and unavailable for others to see in reference to this litigation.
“Just because one citizen seems to think another citizen is doing something improper is not a basis to compromise the right of all of us,” Kates said. “If all a government agent needs to tape you is a personal belief you have done something wrong, you could lose your right to privacy. Most of the Bills of Rights would fall at the whim of a government agent.”—Intent won’t save Griffith, attorneys say
“PFC [Private first class] Manning is not submitting a plea as part of an agreement or deal with the Government. Further, the Government does not need to agree to PFC Manning’s plea; the Court simply has to determine that the plea is legally permissible. If the Court allows PFC Manning to plead guilty by exceptions and substitutions, the Government may still elect to prove up the charged offenses. Pleading by exceptions and substitutions, in other words, does not change the offenses with which PFC Manning has been charged and for which he is scheduled to stand trial.”—Bradley Manning Offers To Admit To Leaking Secrets To WikiLeaks In Court Plea - Forbes
“These charges are the work of a vindictive and politically motivated Governor working through an un-elected attorney general, Linda Kelly, whom he appointed to do his bidding and who will be a lame duck five days from now. There is no factual basis to support these charges,”—Ex-Penn State president charged in Sandusky case
“So I would not have been lying, or even mistaken, had I said in my book review that in Heller Scalia “actually resorts” to “legislative history” in its narrowest sense (“drafting history”). But I did not say that.”—Text of Judge Posner’s respose to Justice Scalia
“Mrs. Goodman led everyone upstairs, past the pool of blood on the carpet, into the bedroom, where she had found her husband dead. She gave the police a tour of the home. Mrs. Goodman even placed bloody towels and the shards of a coffee cup in a plastic grocery bag and offered these items to investigators, who told her they did not need the evidence.”—Police bungled tennis umpire crime scene, attorneys say - latimes.com
“I know that during the Tour de France in 2005, on the second rest day at Pau, the team of Lance Armstrong came within an inch of having its hotel searched. A French investigation detail came from Paris to carry out a raid. But I have it on good authority that around five in the afternoon, when they were in front of the hotel, the investigators were told to abort. The scheduled operation was called off at the last minute. I do not know who gave the order… But I do know the investigators were furious at having to turn on their heels.”—Lawyer says drugs raid on Lance Armstrong’s team hotel during 2005 Tour de France was scrapped at last minute - Telegraph
“Was he stopped because he was on the wrong side of the road, or was he attacked because he was the wrong color? When you answer that question you put it in full context 20 years after Rodney King how much has changed within the LAPD.”—Attorney says skateboarder shouldn’t be charged - SFGate
“The people of the state of Illinois can’t afford to bring somebody in from a crime lab to testify about a pissant amount of cannabis. It’s ludicrous and it’s a remarkable waste of resources.”—defense attorney Dan Hofmann
“The hospital will issue a statement shortly about his official medical status to curb the rumors and confusion from last night about his death reported by irresponsible media that has driven the country into a state of madness.”—Mubarak off life support, attorney says - CNN.com