Legal Briefs: This Week in Law

October 28, 2013

Are there too many lawyers in Congress? (The Economist)

Georgia considers revising the requirement that death row inmates must prove mental disability beyond a reasonable doubt. (Time) Meanwhile, the Supreme Court grants cert in a case involving a challenge to how Florida defines mental disability in death penalty cases. (Washington Post)

New research paper says lawyers are not as greedy as people perceive them to be. (Wall Street Journal)

Harper Lee sues her hometown, claiming it is improperly capitalizing on “To Kill a Mockingbird.” (CNN)

How did the McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit become so infamous? (Retro Report)

Chris Christie’s administration withdraws its appeal of lower court’s same-sex ruling. (Slate)

Two different, new reports from human rights group argue that the Obama administration’s drone program violates international law. (Al Jazeera)

Was it improper for Judge Posner to voice second thoughts about an opinion he issued? (Washington Post)

If you are a student on a law review and/or you are writing a law review piece, don’t read this article. (NY Times)