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Number of LSAT Takers Continues to Slide — Paul Caron, author of the TaxProf Blog, described the downward trend this way: "Law School Carnage Enters Its Fifth Year." "Carnage" is good word for it. The number of Law School Admission Test takers in June and October of 2014 (52,826) plummeted by more than 43% from the same periods in 2009.

Appeals Court Cooks Up Some Good News for Foodies — A federal appeals court in Washington has served up a treat for diners who demand authentic cuisine. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that foreign chefs with specialized knowledge acquired through cultural traditions, upbringing or life experience may qualify for visas to work in the U.S.

Ebola Suits, If Filed Against Texas Hospital, Likely Won’t Be Easy to Win — Whether Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas will face civil liability for the way it handled the treatment of the Ebola patient who died on Sept. 30 or the nurses who subsequently contracted the disease is unclear. For the moment, lawsuits have not been filed, either by the nurses or the family of Eric Thomas Duncan.

In Ebola Cases, New Focus on Power to Control Travel — The revelation that a second Texas health-care worker diagnosed with the Ebola virus flew from Dallas to Cleveland and back has raised a looming question: Why wasn't she quarantined before boarding a plane?

Holder: No Defendant Will Forego Right to ‘Able Representation’ — The No. 2 Justice Department official told federal prosecutors Tuesday that they should no longer ask criminal defendants who plead guilty to waive their right to later challenge their conviction on the grounds that their lawyers gave them bad legal advice.

Judges Step Up Electioneering as Outside Money Pours Into Races — Out-of-state groups are pouring money into judicial elections, upsetting genteel traditions under which judges in some states faced little opposition and avoided the ethically tricky process of soliciting big money and stumping for votes from constituents they might face in court.

Liberty Reserve Founder Budovsky Extradited to U.S. From Spain — The founder of what U.S. prosecutors describe as a $6 billion money-laundering operation was extradited from Spain to the U.S. on Friday, the Justice Department said.

Judge Posner Doesn’t Have the Votes for Rehearing on Voter ID Law — Judge Richard Posner, who has expressed regret about one of his earlier rulings that upheld Indiana's voter identification law, tried to prevent a similar law from taking root in Wisconsin. But he didn't have the votes. The Seventh U.S.

AM Roundup: New Plan to Close Guantanamo; Voter ID Laws Put on Pause — Gitmo: The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S., senior administration officials said. [WSJ ] Voter I.D.: Voter identification laws suffered setbacks in two states on Thursday, with the U.S.

Mass. Strip Club Dances Around Town Zoning Restrictions — Nude dancing is a form of constitutionally protected expression, but just barely. The U.S. Supreme Court has described it as "only within the outer ambit" of the First Amendment's shield. Courts have upheld a slew of restrictions on strip clubs based on their possible "secondary effects" on a surrounding community, like blight, decreasing property values and increase in crime (especially prostitution).
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @MikeScarcella: Feds pay $425K in legal fees, costs over failed forfeiture of ancient Egyptian mask

Oct 21, 2014

RT @jacobgershman: 18 of 19 people found this Amazon customer review of Cuomo's new book to be helpful.…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @radleybalko: This ought to confuse some people: @NACDL gets big grant from the Koch Bros. to address the indigent defense crisis.…

Oct 21, 2014

The DC Circuit served up some good news for foodies who MUST HAVE authentic cuisine…

Oct 21, 2014

@elizabeth_joh I'm just barely a millennial. And I say anyone who doesn't familiarize themselves with John Hughes deserves to be alienated.

Oct 21, 2014

School discipline these days looks a lot less like the Breakfast Club than the adult criminal-justice system…

Oct 20, 2014

The SEC is steering more trials to judges it appoints via @WSJ

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