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I really enjoyed this conference! One of the best parts about it was that it threw together people who think quite differently about corporate law. One of the great things about Steve Bainbridge is his openness to critics and his genuine desire to engage in a conversation with opposing viewpoints. Most people just want to hear that they're right. Steve doesn't, and that's a rare thing in this business.

As is often the case, as the panels unfolded a thought kept percolating in my mind and never made it to a question. Luckily, I'm a blogger, so I can keep talking!

Top Massachusetts court rules 'upskirt' photos legal

Massachusetts' highest court ruled Wednesday that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law because the women were not nude or partially nude.

The Supreme Judicial Court overruled a lower court that had upheld charges against Michael Robertson, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police who set up a sting after getting reports that he was using his cellphone to take photos and video up female riders' skirts and dresses.

Fatwa can't be forced upon people: Supreme Court

Fatwa issued by Muslim clerics cannot be forced upon people and the state has to protect persons who are harassed for not following such dictates, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said while expressing reservation in interfering with Shariat courts.

Holding that it's a matter of choice for the people to accept fatwa or not, the apex court said running of institutions like Darul Qaza and Darul-Iftaa is a religious issue and the courts should interfere only when someone's rights are violated by their decision.

Disqualification of Poll Candidates: Law Panel Submits Report

Fatwa issued by Muslim clerics cannot be forced upon people and the state has to protect persons who are harassed for not following such dictates, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said while expressing reservation in interfering with Shariat courts.

Holding that it's a matter of choice for the people to accept fatwa or not, the apex court said running of institutions like Darul Qaza and Darul-Iftaa is a religious issue and the courts should interfere only when someone's rights are violated by their decision.

India Constitution judge panel to look into legalizing euthanasia

NEW DELHI, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- India's Supreme Court Tuesday asked a five-judge Constitution panel to decide if euthanasia can be permitted for the terminally ill.
Acting on a petition filed by a non-profit group, the high court said the law relating to the subject needs to be clearly defined due to inconsistent opinions in earlier verdicts on the subject, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

UPA's 11th hour plan for emergency laws raises eyebrows

With an eye on political gains in the upcoming General Elections, the UPA government is planning to promulgate at least nine ordinances next week, days before Lok Sabha elections are announced.

According to a report published The Indian Express, four ministries are learnt to have sent requests to the legislative department of the Ministry of Law and Justice to draft the ordinances by Wednesday so that they can be cleared by the Cabinet when it meets on Friday.

How Do Cell Phone AMBER Alerts Work?

Cell phone AMBER alerts are becoming more common, but they're still catching many mobile users off guard. How exactly do they work?

Sending AMBER alerts to cell phones in a particular area is relatively new, but the system has been in place for more than a year now. Just this week, smartphone users in parts of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma received such an alert, many for the first time, Wichita's KAKE-TV reports.

Here is a brief overview of the laws and programs which undergird cell phone AMBER alerts:

Wireless Emergency Alerts

Law & Order: SVU Rips Rape Joke Episode From Very Familiar Headlines

onathan Silverman guest stars as popular "rape-joke comic" Josh Galloway, whose self proclaimed edgy act inspires two of his fans to attempt an assault on a college co-ed. When another student accuses Galloway himself of rape, Sergeant Benson (Mariska Hargitay) pushes ADA Barba (Raúl Esparza) to prosecute the he-said she-said case despite the shaky evidence. Is he on trial for his actions or his act?

The Most Ridiculous Laws In Each Of The 50 States

We've all heard urban legends and rumors about absurd laws in America, but don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Sites like dumblaws.com - which rarely link to states' current statutes or may misinterpret them - only perpetuate the myths.
We decided to undertake some legal legwork and identify the strangest statute still on the books in every state.

Many of these laws make sense, such as a ban on guiding sheep onto a train track if you're trying to hurt the train. But the fact that states have to spell out bans like this might make you scratch your head.

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