Legal Briefs: What’s Happening in the Law

October 27, 2014

Each week, we bring you updates on the legal world.

Looking ahead…

A nurse returning from West Africa after treating Ebola patients is going to court over the quarantine rules she faced after returning. She claims that the required period of no personal contact, among other stipulations of the quarantine, is a violation of her civil liberties. (BBC News)

Will lawmakers close a legal loophole that is allowing one state senate race get flooded with money? In Connecticut, Ted Kennedy’s son is taking advantage of there being no cap on state party contributions to a campaign, receiving thousands and thousands of dollars from family members. His Republican challenger hasn’t utilized the loophole as much. (New York Times)

Oral arguments began last week in a case that could have far-reaching implications for law enforcement search practices. The case in front of the SCOTUS involves a man who was stopped without reasonable suspicion but was found with loads of cocaine in his car. Arguments continue next week, and expect an opinion in the next several months. (News Observer)

And in case you missed it…

On Saturday, three sitting Supreme Court Justices convened at Yale University for a jovial chat. Scalia was his usual humorous self, throwing quips at his two colleagues throughout the conversation. Thomas, who has said in the past that his Yale law degree is worthless, showed a surprising degree of reverence towards the institution he has previously lambasted. (Washington Post)

Speaking of the Supreme Court, here’s a piece of news you might have missed that isn’t exactly news: Talking dogs pretending to be Supreme Court Justices are taking over the Internet. And they are very funny. Watch this John Oliver clip for a solid argument as to why we don’t need to televise the Court’s hearings — we already have something much better. (Business Insider)

Were you alive in 1938? Here’s something you might have missed, even if so — while it may not come as a surprise that women weren’t permitted to wear pants in court, you may be surprised to learn that they were arrested because of it. (LA Times)

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