Legal Briefs: This Week in Law

February 17, 2014

Judge rules that Virginia’s laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. (Washington Post)

Is the court of public opinion the only court available to some people? (The Atlantic)

The Department of Justice announces that it will “instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.” (DOJ)

Judge rules that Michigan’s law prohibiting graduate student assistants from unionizing is unconstitutional. (Detroit News)

When the temperature drops, so does crime in some places. (CBS News)

Religious leaders sue Los Angeles County over a cross that will appear on the county’s seal. (Los Angeles Times)

In a case involving Facebook posts regarding the altercation at issue, a court rules that “[a] trial judge may admit a relevant social media post where the proponent provides evidence sufficient to support a finding by a reasonable juror that the proffered evidence is what the proponent claims it to be,” rejecting a higher standard for authentication. (Supreme Court of the State of Delaware)

In other Facebook news, a group of parents are challenging the website’s policies regarding using children’s images in advertisements. (Washington Post)

In light of Michael Sam’s announcement, some wonder whether the NFL can discriminate against players based on their sexual orientation. (Mother Jones)


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