“Gay marriage: Judge Michael McShane provides little clue in how he will rule on Oregon case.”

“Gay marriage: Judge Michael McShane provides little clue in how he will rule on Oregon case.” The Oregonian has this news update.

The Register-Guard of Eugene, Oregon has a news update headlined “Judge plays devil’s advocate in hearing on Oregon’s ban of same-sex marriages.”

And The Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon has a news update headlined “Judge hears oral arguments in federal challenge to Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban.”


“Shorter Supreme Court in Child Pornography Case: Congress, Please Override Us.”

“Shorter Supreme Court in Child Pornography Case: Congress, Please Override Us.” Rick Hasen has this post at his “Election Law Blog.”

At the blog “Hamilton and Griffin on Rights,” Marci A. Hamilton has a post titled “The Perils of Paroline v. United States and What Congress Must Do Next.”

And this evening at “The Volokh Conspiracy,” Paul Cassell has a post titled “The Supreme Court promises child pornography victims full restitution ‘someday.’ How long is that?


"San Francisco v. Lee," "San Francisco v. Vurovsky" – Sharing Economy Takes It on the Chin

The Sharing Ecnomy was supposed to represent progressive values and provide the advantage of lower prices and convenience. However, again it has hit a speed bump.

Bloomberg reports, San Francisco “sued five property owners for allegedly evicting long-term tenants so they could rent apartments out to tourists through Airbnb Inc. and other online home rental services.” Here is the coverage in Bloomberg.

Although the Manhattan rental market is iconic for the difficulty of finding anything and the high prices, San Francisco may present worse obstacles. After all, it is a center for tech. Therefore, when tenants don’t have their lease renewed they may be forced to move out of the area.

Clearly the worst of capitalism has eaten into the ethos of the sharing economy. And there is not much players like Airbnb can do about this. After all, it can’t investigate the history of every space which becomes available for a short-term rental.


Non-Sequiturs: 04.23.14

* There’s a 5-4 Supreme Court lineup you don’t see too often. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post] * The Supreme Court is about to hear two cases on cellphone searches that would ring true with the Founders. [Constitutional Accountability Center] * Who watches the watchmen? It turns out nobody. This’ll end well. [Reuters] * A “Real Housewife” is apparently no longer so much a wife. She’s dating a “hot shot” NYC lawyer. [Daily Mail] * Affirmative action took another hit yesterday. But Professor Brian Fitzpatrick examines whether or not race-neutral affirmative action was really ever working anyway. [SSRN] * Extensive drug bust announced by publicity-hound D.A. uncovers… well, not all that much. [Slate]


Pet Duck Attack Leads to $275K Injury Lawsuit

You’ve heard of dog attacks, but what about a pet duck attack? A woman from Washington claims that she suffered injuries after a pet duck ambushed her for no apparent reason. Cynthia Ruddell, 62, was on her mother’s property…

this article, and get more legal news with an attitude, at FindLaw.com.    

Ga.’s ‘Guns Everywhere’ Bill Signed Into Law

Georgia’s so-called “guns everywhere” bill has been signed into law, permitting guns in bars, schools, churches, and government buildings, with some exceptions.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 60 on Wednesday, worrying critics who had dubbed the bill “guns everywhere” for its broad scope, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The law, set to take effect July 1, has been praised by the National Rifle Association as “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill in history.”

So where will Georgians soon be able to bring their guns under the “guns everywhere” law?


The nation has experienced enough school shooting incidents to be utterly humorless about dangerous firearms in schools. Students have been arrested for simulated school shootings and even for chewing Pop-Tarts into the shape of a gun.

However, this doesn’t mean there’s an all-out ban on bringing guns into a school. In fact, before Georgia’s House Bill 60 was signed, at least 18 other states allowed guns in schools. With the “guns everywhere” bill signed, Georgia becomes No. 19, allowing certain school staff to potentially carry guns “within school safety zones under certain circumstances.”


HB 60 leaves intact the general prohibition on carrying guns into churches or other places of worship. But it allows each house of worship to “opt-in” to allow weapons, giving parishioners the right to carry a firearm under a church’s roof.

The “guns everywhere” bill initially attempted to force churches to allow firearm holders, but that provision was dropped in the bill’s final version, reports the Journal-Constitution. Some churches have told their congregations to leave their guns at home, but Georgia will leave it up to each place of worship to set their own rules on firearms.


It isn’t a surprise that guns can be allowed in courthouses as evidence of crimes, but HB 60 also allows court clerks, federal prosecutors, judges (active or retired), and the state Attorney General (along with his or her staff) to carry a gun.

Although critics might point to the danger of increasing courthouse shootings, the “guns everywhere” bill only allows average citizens to carry guns into a courthouse when there is no security screening at the entrance.


Arizona allowed guns in bars in 2009, and five years later, Georgia has followed suit. Unlike churches, Georgia bars must “opt-out” of the law in order to keep guns out of their businesses.

It is uncertain how this “guns everywhere” bill will affect safety or crime in the Peach State. We’ll get a better idea after the law goes into effect July 1.

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