DOJ Announces Policy for States Allowing Medical Marijuana

by Josh Camson October 19, 2009 News

Attorney General Eric Holder sent a memorandum to US Attorneys in states that have legalized marijuana, on Monday explaining the DOJ’s practice in those states.

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Holden Caulfield, Gay Superheroes, and the Death of The Author

by Sean McGilvray July 13, 2009 Legal Analysis

Two recent developments have raised questions about the amount of control an author has over his characters once they leave the womb of his or her creative imagination and enter the collective consciousness. There’s a fine line between the public awareness and the public domain, and just because a character has embedded itself in the […]

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This is Your Brain on the Paper Chase

by Christopher Wright July 6, 2009 Geekery

This story made the internet rounds a week or two ago but I thought that it would be a nice topic for good old Legal Geekery.  Recent research into the brain may provide scientists with a pill to give people photographic memories. Basically, a group of Swedish scientists have discovered a protein in the brain […]

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Hentai, Avatars, and the First Amendment

by Sean McGilvray June 22, 2009 Legal Decisions

In Jacobellis v. Ohio, Justice Potter Stewart gave the world the most highly quoted definition of obscenity ever to come from the bench when he said “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly […]

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Introducing Seven New LG Bloggers

by Joshua Auriemma June 7, 2009 News

Yes, you read the anouncement right.  Legal Geekery is excited to announce the addition of seven new full-fledged bloggers.  Although we were initially only in the market for two additions, we had a much larger (and more impressive) pool of applicants than we had ever anticipated. Weʼre looking forward to the new diversity that our […]

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Appeals Court Says: No Webcasting in Massachusetts Federal Court

by Joshua Auriemma April 16, 2009 Legal Decisions

In re Sony BMG Music Entertainment: The 1st Circuit recently wrote an opinion interpreting a Massachusetts local rule to exclude webcasts of federal court proceedings except in certain enumerated circumstances.  In overturning the lower court’s allowance of a trial webcast, the Circuit Court interpreted the language of Local Rule 83.3 of the United States District […]

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Courtney Love Sued for Tweeting

by Joshua Auriemma March 30, 2009 News

Be careful what you say on the internet — even if you only have 140 characters with which to say it.  Up and coming fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, also known as Boudoir Queen, recently filed suit against Courtney Love for, inter alia, defamation via Twitter. While Love is hardly the only celebrity tweeting nowadays, she […]

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Vince Shlomi Arrested For ShamPOWing Prostitute

by Joshua Auriemma March 27, 2009 News

Everyone’s least favorite infomercial guy has been making the internet rounds for his arrest in California last month. From the affadavit: Def. and Co-Def apparently met at luigis nightclub located at 2377 Collins Ave.  Def and Co-Def both went to the Def’s hotel room located at 2001 Collins Ave room #512.  While inside the room […]

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“You Cannot Pass”

by Joshua Auriemma March 14, 2009 News

Make that “you shall not pass” if you’re a Peter Jackson fan. According to the Associated Press, a Bellvue, Washington man was pulled over in the HOV lane (the “express lane” for my fellow Bostonians) recently because his passenger had failed to buckle up. Amusingly, the passanger was not a passenger at all, but rather, […]

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