Legal Briefs: This Week in Law

December 16, 2013

“Sister Wives” secure legal victory when district court judge rules that some of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional. (Salt Lake Tribune)

“Affluenza” defense helps drunk driver avoid prison. (Slate) Which is maybe not as outrageous as it seems. (Grits for Breakfast)

Congress likely to pass a law that will attempt to curb patent trolls. (Economist)

The decrease in law-school demand is hitting some schools harder than others. (Wall Street Journal)

Judge and defense attorneys question whether the prosecutors in a case in D.C. Superior Court should have run background checks on a few potential jurors. (Washington Post)

Ninth Circuit will being live streaming some of its oral arguments. (CNN)

Multiple Internet companies appeal a decision holding that a website operator is liable for content from third parties. (CBS News)

Is the wind of change blowing in Texas?  With DNA exonerations, fewer juries imposing the death penalty, and fewer executions than in the past, some think so. (Time)

New book question why, when Supreme Court justices change their minds about the death penalty, it usually only goes one way. (The Atlantic)