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lawsitesblog.com — You probably are familiar with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School, a pioneering publisher of U.S. legal materials online. But did you know that there is an international network of some 22 legal institutes and similar organizations, all devoted to providing free access to the law?
abajournal.com — Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. told colleagues in 1986 that he had never met a homosexual, though one of his clerks that term was gay. In fact, Powell was the justice most likely to hire gay clerks at the time, according to a book published in 2001 that chronicled gay rights cases at the court.
abajournal.com — Two ellipses in a quote in a U.S. Supreme Court opinion are getting some closer scrutiny. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy bolstered his majority decision upholding DNA testing for arrestees last week with a quote from a book called Actual Innocence, written by the founders of the Innocence Project, the New York Times reports.
vancouversun.com — On April Fool's Day next year, Ottawa is officially quitting the pot business and simultaneously uprooting thousands of home-grow operations across the country. After two years of consultation and review, the federal government announced an overhaul of the medical marijuana program on Monday.
vancouversun.com — A lawyer awarded $100,000 by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal for mental-health discrimination was properly fired for insubordination, the B.C. Supreme Court says. In a searing decision, Justice Elaine Adair found that Mokua Gichuru was argumentative, refused to take work assignments and left documents subject to solicitor-client privilege in a public area while parking his car.
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