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S.C. House votes to cut funds for universities over gay-themed books

S.C. House votes to cut funds for universities over gay-themed books

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South Carolina House votes to cut funds for universities over gay-themed books

South Carolina House votes to cut funds for universities over gay-themed books

The South Carolina House approved the cuts to the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina-Upstate as part of their 2014-2015 budget legislation after bids by Democrats to restore the funds failed.

Move to the Washington Post Site

Move to the Washington Post Site

We’ve moved to the Washington Post site, as part of a new joint venture with the Post ; if you aren’t redirected automatically, please click here . The post Move to the Washington Post Site appeared first on The Volokh Conspiracy .

Thanks for Help with Obsidian Finance v. Cox

Thanks for Help with Obsidian Finance v. Cox

I just wanted to thank the many people who helped me with Obsidian Finance v. Cox : Benjamin Souede of Angeli Ungar Law Group LLC , our pro bono local counsel for the motion for new trial in district court and for the motion to block plaintiff’s zany attempt to seize the appeal rights . Mayer Brown LLP , with which I’m a part-part-part-time Academic Affiliate, and which paid the litigation costs through its pro bono program. Helene Siegel …

Prison for Blasphemy

Prison for Blasphemy

The Guardian (UK) reports: A man who created a Facebook page poking fun at a revered Greek Orthodox monk has been sentenced to 10 months in prison in Greece after being found guilty of blasphemy…. Filippos Loizos, 28, … used a play on words to portray Father Paisios as a traditional pasta-based dish [pastitsio -EV] …. Father Paisios, who was revered for his spiritual teachings and was said by some believers to have powers of prophecy, died in 1994. Loizos had appealed against the ruling and would not be jailed before his case was heard by a higher court, Kleftodimos said. Here’s what seems to be a copy of the Facebook page: A reminder that blasphemy…

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Both Cell-Phone Search Cases

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Both Cell-Phone Search Cases

Today the Supreme Court agreed to hear both of the pending cell-phone search cases; as explained here , one case, Wurie , involves an old-style flip-phone, and the second, Riley , involves a modern smart phone. The Court modified the Questions Presented in Riley to match that in Wurie , so the question presented in both is “[w]hether evidence admitted at petitioner’s trial was obtained in a search…

Writing Briefs When Judges Read on iPads

Writing Briefs When Judges Read on iPads

I just read a very interesting article, Daniel Sockwell, Writing a Brief for the iPad Judge . The basic problem: [M]ore and more judges are reading briefs primarily on iPads or other tablets…. The Fifth Circuit judiciary reads the majority of their briefs on iPads, and, from conversations with numerous judges and clerks, the other Circuits are not far behind (though I was told that the Third Circuit is “not as iPad heavy as some circuits”). The best way to know how a particular judge typically reads briefs is to ask — the clerks will likely be happy to help. Why you should care how the judge reads…

What’s Misleading About This Picture?

What’s Misleading About This Picture?

That’s a graphic from an article last month in Vocativ, titled “ Way More People Die in Texas From Drunk Driving Than Anywhere Else . (Vocativ is a new media startup that got a good deal of buzz last Fall , including for relying on “ data ninjas .”) Here’s some of the analysis accompanying the graphic: Texas, in many ways, is its own country, and drunk driving there is a systemic problem; perhaps, it’s the inevitable consequence of a state that tends to see legislation as an intrusion, except when it comes to abortion. Over the last couple of years, Texas was America’s runaway leader in drunk-driving deaths. In 2011, for…

Twitter and Facebook

Twitter and Facebook

Embarrassing as it is for me to admit, I’ve been pretty absent-minded about maintaining our “social media presence,” such as it is. We’re delighted that we have almost 10,000 Twitter followers — with the Twitter feeds automatically coming from our RSS feed — but I can’t figure out how to sign on to manage one of our accounts (with 1,145 followers), @Volokhcom . I also can’t figure out how to sign on to manage the Facebook …

D.C. Circuit Rejects “Net Neutrality” Rule

D.C. Circuit Rejects “Net Neutrality” Rule

Today, in Verizon v. FCC , ? the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated key portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s “Open Internet Order” — aka the net neutrality” rule. ? The court held 2-1 that that FCC has the authority to regulate broadband providers, and that such regulation may govern broadband providers’ handling of internet traffic. ? Despite this holding, the FCC did not prevail because the court also concluded (unanimously) that …

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