Legal Briefs: This Week in Law

March 3, 2014

Jeffrey Toobin writes that Justice Thomas’ silence during oral argument is “downright embarrassing.” (The New Yorker) Is it? (Los Angeles Times)

The Supreme Court denies cert in case involving the Tennis Channel and Comcast; the former was challenging a decision that allows Comcast to offer the Tennis Channel as a premium channel. (Bloomberg)

The Economist asks what it means exactly to “stand your ground.” (The Economist)

Second Circuit rules that banks that have been robbed are not entitled under the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act for certain costs incidental to the robbery, such as those incurred by hiring a temporary security guard. (United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit)

Drink deals at “bottomless” brunches may be illegal. (Eater)

Federal judge rules that Texas’ constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage does not comply with the Constitution and recent Supreme Court precedent. (Advocate)

Meanwhile, a trial in Michigan regarding its constitutional amendment banning on same-sex marriage commences. (CBS News)

Supreme Court case may stop states that still execute mentally disabled. (TheAtlantic)

Should wealthy litigants be able to rent state judges and courthouses to decide cases in private and keep the results secret? (NYTimes)

As police monitor social media, legal lines become blurred. (NPR)


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