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Indiana Supreme Court: Being Drunk and Annoying Is Illegal — The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that it is illegal to be drunk and annoying - or what a reasonable person would find to be annoying, anyway. The Wall Street Journal previously reported on the case of Rodregus Morgan - who challenged the state's public-intoxication law as unconstitutionally vague - in a story about dozens of cities and states that have outlawed annoying conduct.

In These Towns, Being Annoying Is a Criminal Offense — Willian Barboza was arrested for being annoying. The 23-year-old Connecticut native was sore about a speeding ticket he got in the Village of Liberty in upstate New York in 2012. And when he sent in payment for the fine, he let the town of 4,400 know exactly how he felt.

Binder & Binder Files for Chapter 11 — In 2010, Binder & Binder scooped up $88 million in fees representing applicants for social security disability benefits. It was the largest firm of its kind, thriving amid an aging workforce, high unemployment and less oversight than in the current environment. On Thursday night, the firm filed for bankruptcy protection.

Congress and the Courts Are Learning to Get Along — Content engaging our readers now, with additional prominence accorded if the story is rapidly gaining attention. Our WSJ algorithm comprises 30% page views, 20% Facebook, 20% Twitter, 20% email shares and 10% comments.

Justice Department Faces Tough Questioning in E-Books Case — The U.S. government on Monday faced aggressive questioning from judges reviewing a finding last year that Apple Inc. conspired with publishers to raise the price of electronic books as it prepared to enter the market in 2010. Inc., though not a party in the case, cast a long shadow over the arguments at the Second U.S.

5 Takeaways from the Insider-Trading Ruling — A federal appeals court in New York overturned two insider-trading convictions on Wednesday, whittling down the scope of the crime and dealing the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan a loss in its nearly perfect record in such cases under the leadership of Preet Bharara.

Read the Ruling: Appeals Court Overturns Two Insider Trading Convictions — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned two insider-trading convictions and potentially constrained prosecutors' latitude to pursue such crimes. The ruling narrowed the definition of what constitutes insider trading and determined prosecutors had taken too broad a view of the law in their multi-year crackdown on Wall Street.

U.S. Courts Order More Companies to Break Foreign Laws — Federal courts in New York increasingly are ordering companies to break foreign laws. Before trial, parties in U.S. litigation exchange documents relevant to their legal dispute, in a process called discovery. Sometimes, one party demands that another produce documents held in a foreign country whose laws forbid their release.

AM Roundup: FDA Advisers’ Financial Ties Not Disclosed — Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news: Close ties: The Food and Drug Administration hasn't disclosed numerous financial ties between medical-device makers and the doctors and other experts who review devices for it, a Wall Street Journal analysis of corporate, state and federal data shows.

Nine-Year-Old’s Arrest Prompts Call for Change by Federal Judge — The increased involvement of police at schools has led to an increase in schoolchildren arrests, a phenomena that makes for shocking headlines ( 8-year-old arrested in school bomb threat) and a new, funny-if-it-weren't-true formulation: the school-to-prison pipeline. One federal judge is pleading for change.
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Dec 19, 2014

@JusticeWillett suffuses this dissent (from denial of review) with the wisdom of Ferris Bueller…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @bradheath: Significant: Full 4th Cir. said today that inmates can't challenge improper Career Offender designations that added years to their sentences

Dec 19, 2014

RT @joshgerstein: In spirit of transparency, Obama declares: "I never release my full movie list"

Dec 19, 2014

RT @mattapuzzo: FBI is telling prosecutors nationwide that they may need to alert defense lawyers about evidence mishandling…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @AnthonyMKreis: There goes Notre Dame fball games. MT @elizabeth_joh: Indy SCT upholds crime of being drunk & annoying @joe_palazzolo ht…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @elizabeth_joh: @joe_palazzolo Rashomon should be required watching in law school. Seems to get thrown around all the time.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @djsziff: @AppellateDaily @Joe_Palazzolo Cute turn of the phrase, but isn't Rashomonian factual dispute almost *always* the core of Rule 56 rulings?

Dec 19, 2014

RT @ZoeTillman: DOJ's "blue book" on criminal discovery--created after the Ted Stevens case collapsed--won't be made public

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