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Legal issues: Agency and appropriation, elephants and mouseholes

For all the political debate over immigration, the legal issue in In re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission is quite narrow. The main question is whether a federal law that prevents undocumented immigrants from receiving “public benefits” including a “professional license … by an agency of the state … or by appropriated funds of a state or local government” applies to the granting of a law license.

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Does a warrantless blood-alcohol test violate a DUI suspect’s Fourth Amendment rights? See “Does warrantless blood test violate Fourth Amendment?” Missouri v. McNeely, No. 11-1425. Certiorari granted Sept. 25, 2012. Ruling below: State v. McNeely, 358 S.W.3d 65 (Mo. 2012). ...

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Jury awards $5 million in HRT-breast cancer case

A woman who developed breast cancer after taking combination hormone therapy drugs including Premarin, Provera and Prempro for 15 years won a $5 million award against drug companies Wyeth and Upjohn this month.

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Trial lessons: Juries see more than just the evidence

Don’t wear a pinky ring. Don’t wear monogrammed shirts. Don’t drive your fancy sports car to the courthouse. These are some of the rules lawyers follow if they don’t want to alienate jurors on Day 1. Why? Because juries are ...

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