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In St. Louis, Trick-or-Treaters Tell Jokes to Earn Halloween Candy — When 7-year-old Jimmy Striler dons his Red Ninja costume this year, he will be armed with a plastic sword. He will also carry something else St. Louis, Mo., children must have with them on Halloween: corny jokes.

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.
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Oct 31, 2014

What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef. In some US cities,Halloween is bonanza of corny jokes.…

Oct 30, 2014

"This appeal arises out of the government's attempt to prove the old adage, where there's smoke there's fire."…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ZoeTillman: Are online TV streaming services cable companies? Judge in NY says no, judges in DC and Calif. yet to weigh in

Oct 30, 2014

RT @NickElliottDJ: Surprising: World Bank report finds Russia leapt up the rankings last year in ease of doing business there.

Oct 29, 2014

The old cut-Internet-service-then-pretend-to-be-repairmen-to-gain-warrantless-entry-into-a-suspect's-home trick…

Oct 27, 2014

Big banks are demanding that their law firms do more to protect against hackers… via @smithjenBK

Oct 27, 2014

RT @David_Ingram: 18 percent of Americans worry frequently or occasionally about getting murdered:…

Oct 27, 2014

Scholars debate legality of New Jersey's Ebola quarantine policy. via @WSJ

Oct 27, 2014

"Well, the sovereign Southern District of New York is older than Main Justice — we’ll start with that."…

Oct 27, 2014

RT @smithjenBK: “I think we have to be concerned that almost all of us are from two law schools" Justice Thomas on SCOTUS

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